Posted by John Fasoldt on 5:37:31 4/22/2016 from 184.108.40.206:
In reply to: Ants in the house...and I'm not panicking!! posted by Bonnie on 19:26:27 4/21/2016 from 220.127.116.11:
Bonnie, Bonnie, Bonnie! KUDOS for not panicking! When people panic, they make very bad decisions. No reason EVER to panic about bugs. Very important to remember that.
The other thing I must warn you about is mixing bleach and ammonia. Never do that. When you do, you create CYANIDE gas - among several other very toxic chemicals. Cyanide is the main one, you could actually DIE doing that. Warn your kids about that mix too. For some reason, people pick that mixture a LOT for killing things. DON'T!
The two "gentlemen" that rolled up? First of all, they were not gentlemen. They were only disguised as gentlemen. They were SHARKS, looking for a meal. I'm glad you didn't oblige them! Did they PLANT the ants? No, I doubt it. The ants are ALWAYS there, and, of course they know how to find them, they're exterminators! (Read: SHARKS!) And they're sowing panic, if they can, so you will buy into their sales tactics.
Ok, now back to your ants...
First of all, I would advise you to STOP the baiting for the present. Especially outside, but even inside. Then just cool it for a couple of weeks. In the spring you always have a surge in ant populations, everywhere. It is normal to experience this, I've already seen some in my house and even my office, and I haven't done ANYTHING about them - and my exterminator is FREE.
And even though ants only last a very short time, their populations move and grow (and recede) over a much larger time span than just 16 years - DECADES, oftentimes. And yes, the bait will be an attractant, so there is a downside to its use.
USING BAITS FOR ANTS:
They work great - sometimes. Ants are very picky eaters. Sometimes, what worked the LAST time, doesn't work THIS time.
When you use bait for ants, put the bait down and count the days until they form a trail and swarm the bait. Then, when they recede, pick up your bait placements AFTER the period of time that it took them to find it. Multiple placements in the same area are not necessary. It's easier and better to track that way. And don't leave them out all the time.
If you are plagued with ants, (sometimes happens) my solution would be an outside application of Termidor. And yes, it can even affect your indoor populations, owing to the "transfer" effect it has on them. They cannot feel it or sense it in any way, so they take it back to their nestmates and soon the entire colony is affected and gone. Or at least this is the way it's supposed to happen... And it does too. Usually, you only have to do this ONCE, it will probably last the entire season, maybe more! Use an exterminator that doesn't force a "contract" on you, this is a one-time application. Unless your house is some kind of castle, it shouldn't cost more than a couple of hundred bucks. My charge for that is usually UNDER that amount.
So... Did I save you any money? Or ease your consternation? I hope so. And you don't need to give me any money when you croak lol. Save it for the kids!
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