Posted by Wilson on 4:14:28 4/26/2010 from 22.214.171.124:
In reply to: Re: About IDing posted by John Fasoldt on 12:53:29 4/23/2010 from 126.96.36.199:
They don't have 1 sharp looking node like that.
They look more like 2 humps (and not so sharp). Although the bigger ones I found today (they look like winged big headed ants without the wings; I suspect they are new queens who shed their wings after mating?) have a rounded thorax that looks like those on the winged ants. But the small ants don't have the rounded thorax.
They seem most like the descriptions I found on pavement ants the way their nodes look. I just cant be 100% sure since they are so small under my cheap magnifying glass. But they do look like 2 humps.
On the bait situation, I purchased the Raid double bait that supposedly have both sweets and protein based (cant remember which 2 types) of food sources. I don't like the design with 6 little entrances to the bait inside, but I suppose that if the ants like it they'll find a way in anyway.
The problem is they don't like it. I put it where I saw a lot of ants coming out from where the carpet meets the wall. At any time I only see a few ants in there not moving. They look dead, but one time I used a flash light to see into the bait station (clear plastic) they detected the light and started to disperse quite quickly.
I remember in the past using transparent liquid baits that they attract ants in mass. Not this sad situation I have here.
In fact, I might just be unlucky (there seemed to be less there the day I bought the bait compared to before.. perhaps they moved away or something?). But this bait doesnt seem to be working since they ants aren't rushing there to get it.
What is sadder is that it is as though they hate it so much that the "entrance" has even less ants now than before. I'm not sure why the number of ants coming from there has dropped so much in numbers. And to add to that there are some dead small worked there (I didn't use sprays there). In the mean time, there is a drop in numbers of flying ants, though there are still quite a few.
And I caught 2 bigger sized (like the winged 1s) wingless big heads that I mentioned before. If they are indeed new queens, I am scared to think of those I missed and went to start a new colony. 1 of those bigger ones I caught was carrying a dead small ant; as if carrying wounded away from battle or something; or perhaps use them as food.
I'm going to have to find me some borax based liquid bait and see if that does the trick instead. I am so sick and tired to find dead flying ants (and living ones) in my living room.
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