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Re: small red ants


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Posted by Donna on 16:08:03 8/21/2008 from 69.39.18.140:

In reply to: Re: small red ants posted by John Fasoldt on 12:17:50 8/20/2008 from 24.0.128.169:

John, Thank you for your answer. I found more information in your website in one reading than in any of the rest of my research. So, as abruptly as the rain of dead and dying small red ants began appearing on my bathroom counter, it has stopped. There must have been 1500 whole bodies, I do not exaggerate. However, I am not naive enough to think the ants are gone. Daily last year I had thousands, and I do mean thousands, of decapitated ants with legs torn off or bodies in half pieces littering my kitchen counter and covering the tops of the cabinets. I thought they were coffee grounds until I examined the torn apart bodies under a microscope. I could only assume two unrelated colonies met someplace in my ceiling or walls and a merciless war ensued, ergo the mutilated bodies tossed down. I called a local exterminator who came weekly to spray @$50 per treatment which didn't seem to have any effect. He also sprayed the perimeter of the house which I thought the best approach He had never seen torn apart ant bodies and could not confirm my "war" thesis. As the cold weather set in the problem stopped. I assume the ants hibernate or become torpid in winter? My question is: WHAT do these ants eat anyway? Certainly nothing I had - I baited them with everything from fruit to sweets to all sorts of crumbs as well as ant bait I purchased. Nothing was ever touched.Hard to approach them from that angle. If they forage outside they must bring it inside which makes me think perimeter spraying is what I should do. Is it? Your comments about ants needing water makes great sense to me and indeed in both scenarios the ants are near my kitchen or bathroom. Humidity here in SW Colorado is below 40% and often much much lower than that. Are they getting water from the pipes or sweat on the outside of the pipes? Thank you for your help. Donna



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