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        Once again tiny little ants are exploring the backsplash of my kitchen counter and environs.

        Last year I wiped them out with one application of the old standby of 20 mule team Borax and sugar dissolved in water. But this year the Borax is a year older and doesn't dissolve as well, so it clogs the spray tube of the Dollar Store sprayers.

        Rubbing alcohol used to be somewhat effective, initially immobilizing the ants, but they eventually recovered and continued on their exploratory journeys.

        Tide has proven to be helpful in various nonclothing cleaning applications in the past so I sprayed them with the Tide I keep in a sprayer to clean the bathtub, and it worked, instantly.

        Tide stopped them dead in their tracks, and they're still where they were when I zapped them several hours ago.

        I don't know if other laundry detergents or even dish soap would work, but I do plan to try something less costly than Tide. Still, it's good to know it works.

        And BTW, I don't have any financial or other interest in Tide, don't even own any stock, so I have no stake in recommending its use.

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        Posts: 1929 | Registered: Oct 06, 2006Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        ants are another bug with an aversion to soap. I suspect Dawn or whatever else is handy would also take them out.

        if you buy detergent in 55-gallon drums to mix with farm chemicals, it's called ajutant, and increases the effectiveness. breaks down the light wax layer on most leaves.


        sig: if this is a new economy, how come they still want my old-fashioned money?
         
        Posts: 5823 | Location: North Burbs, MN | Registered: Mar 14, 2007Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        55 gallon drums of detergent? That would last me probably for the rest of my lifetime!

        I will try cheaper versions of soap now that I know that is apparently the ingredient that's offensive to the ants. Thanks for the suggestion.
         
        Posts: 1929 | Registered: Oct 06, 2006Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        Just go buy some Terro ant bait.
        First day there will be hundreds of them eating it up, within a week there all gone for good.


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        Posts: 18032 | Location: Hartfield VA | Registered: Jan 31, 2004Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        Joe, I wish I had had the success you've had with Terro. I used it over an almost year long period for ants in the bedroom, but it certainly did not act as fast as your Terro did. The ants eventually just disappeared over a 2 day period once the spring rains began. And coincidentally, the past year was a dry one.

        As to the existing ants, they're in the kitchen so I'm very careful about what I use. At least the detergent sticks to the backsplash and kills them before they can crawl over the counter. With Terro, they'd be bringing the bait back to the nest, through who knows what routes? I don't want them exploring dishes or anything else before they die. I've gone through several months of washing everything immediately before it's used and don't want to do it again.

        But thanks for the suggestions.

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        Posts: 1929 | Registered: Oct 06, 2006Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        there are (or have been, I need to go shopping for some) Raid ant baits similar to Terro but with a little overhead spike that holds them in place.


        sig: if this is a new economy, how come they still want my old-fashioned money?
         
        Posts: 5823 | Location: North Burbs, MN | Registered: Mar 14, 2007Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        I spray around the the outside of my house. I got a gallon pump applicator of Black Flag Home Insect Control. Your post has prompted me to do my spring lap around the house.


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        Posts: 861 | Location: Cary, NC | Registered: Aug 17, 2006Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        I also use the Terro and within 2 days their gone.
        They have the bigger baits for outside the house use. I take some chicken wire and make a little cage around the bait, drive in 2 stakes so my fur kid doesn't get a hold of it.
         
        Posts: 888 | Registered: Jan 29, 2010Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        folks, when it comes to sprays, think of the bees. experiments published just this week confirm that neonicotinoids wipe out bee colonies like flamethrowers. read the label, there are 8 neonics that have really taken over the industry, and we are at a tipping point for bees.

        google, and do not buy ANY neonic products. look for items like Permethrin, borates, and Sevin carbonyl, which when used safely when the bees are not around are not the plague.


        sig: if this is a new economy, how come they still want my old-fashioned money?
         
        Posts: 5823 | Location: North Burbs, MN | Registered: Mar 14, 2007Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        swschrad....
        Will that work on those killer bees.?
         
        Posts: 888 | Registered: Jan 29, 2010Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        Find one ant, direct it into a circle. Wait for them to run their little legs off.

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prjhQcqiGQc


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        Posts: 10430 | Location: Knoxville, Tennessee | Registered: Sep 27, 2003Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        Looks like I have a new method for killing ants.

        I'll put sugar in the center of the circle to attract the ants but separate it in some protective casing so the ants can't get to it. Maybe one of those little rotating wheels that mice and rats perform in would work. The ants could chase the sugar indefinitely until they die of exhaustion.

        Cheaper than borax or Terro.
         
        Posts: 1929 | Registered: Oct 06, 2006Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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