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Posted by Clarissa on 21:53:59 4/15/2015 from 68.57.213.152:

I am so happy I found this page. It was all extremely helpful. I noticed there were ants living in my home October 2014. Well, I live in a mobile home that was built in the 1970's, who's actually surprised ants would live here? Well not us.

Anyway, we noticed massive amounts started showing their faces in about February this year. So, at first we just smashes them when we found them Crawling around. Then we found that a cereal box was FULL of them. Absolutely full. So we threw those out and made a borax sugar mixture, soaked cotton balls, and for a few days they were saturated with ants. I was quite excited when we started seeing fewer and fewer crawling ants, and many dead ones. But... By the time the crawling ones seemed to be gone... POOF there were hundreds of new ones, crawling everywhere, with no idea where to find the food. This led me to believe their friends died on the hunt, and they were forced to leave their nest to make up for that. I think they've figured out the cotton balls are not to touch, so now I am smashing them as I find them, and spraying the area they come out of (I hope this isn't making it worse, but the first time I did this, there were around 100 dead ants simply laying right outside the whole they're coming out of.) day 2 of smashing and spraying the hole about half the amount as the first day, and today which is day 3.... The little tiny babies are now out and roaming, and there's only been about 30 I would guess.) do you think that the fact that the babies are out roaming for food is a sign that we have rid most of the adults? We can't really afford to renovate, nor do we have the time at the moment, so I know a permanent fix (removing any water damaged wood) isn't that possible at the moment. But, for this seemingly seasonal outburst, is this a proper way of dealing with this? I was bit by one, on the finger, which really surprised me more than hurt me, but I've grown quite bitter about them. I am almost thinking it could have to do with the fact that it has been raining off and on for two weeks now. Here is to hoping that summer comes, underneath the trailor drys out, and the ants leave our sight peacefully!



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