Posted by John Fasoldt on 19:37:46 3/30/2015 from 188.8.131.52:
In reply to: black ants in house posted by Doug on 18:19:33 3/30/2015 from 184.108.40.206:
First of all... NEVER PANIC! Get a paper bag and breathe in and out until you calm down lol. Take your time, you have plenty.
Next, can you remove the baseboard? You handy enough to do that? If so, take it off and check out everything. Take it off as far as you can see any ant "infestation." Also have the shop-vac ready to suck all those little guys up. NO INSECTICIDES - yet. Once you have them all sucked up, leave the shop-vac handy, you may need to use it again.
After you do all that you can probably skip all the other stuff you have accumulated - at least for now. To use borax, just mix some with a little bit of honey and put it in (maybe) some bottlecaps to leave for the ants. Ants are picky eaters and might (or might not) use them. I rarely use bait for ants because of the "picky" part, besides, it tends to bring a lot more and you'll need that paper bag again. :) I like the proper insecticides if I have to use them. But that's last choice, for now. Oftentimes the vacuum trick is all you'll need. Outside, if you COULD (not necessary yet) use insecticide, Termidor would be best. Not sure about Canada, they have some pretty heavy restrictions on insecticides. You can get it in the states, but I'm not sure they'll ship it to you up there. Check on it. The smallest amount you can buy is about $80 U.S., and that's a LOT for your needs. And once opened, it does have a shelf life, I wouldn't trust it for more than a year or so. If you use it, use it outside, around the house perimeter, and go by what the label says for outside ants. Works like magic, sometimes for the entire season - or even more, sometimes.
LOTS of ants do this kind of thing, live inside (inside your walls) and can be controlled INSIDE with that outside application of Termidor.
CAs come in all sizes and just because they're little doesn't mean they're "babies." If you're seeing just "little" ones, they're probably not CAs, they're something else. Doesn't matter, all the ants are susceptible to Termidor, actually ANY social insect is - bees, wasps, hornets, roaches, etc. Don't spray Termidor on any flowering plants, and not on any edibles either. READ THE LABEL!
Oh, and BTW, don't use that borax paste if you have pets around - or little kids that might try it. Borax IS toxic.
That's about it... Report back with your results, other people want to hear about your success! Me too!
And thanks for the compliment. And sorry for the long post hahaha.
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