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kernel
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Default  Posted: 8:54 PM, June 28th (Friday)

It's that time of year again. My kitchen has been invaded by ants. So off to the store for ant traps. They were out of my preferred type with borax so I bought the other. I'm pretty sure the ants were laughing at me and ignoring the traps. Well, saw one too many ants this morning so I made a visit to the hardware store to buy the borax traps. That stuff is like crack for the ants - the traps are like little ant resorts at the moment. Pretty freaking gross but at least I know they will work. Tomorrow will be ant disposal day at my house.

Moral of this story - get the borax traps. No posers.

[This message edited by kernel at 8:54 PM, June 28th (Friday)]


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Default  Posted: 9:29 PM, June 28th (Friday)

Gawd, I hate ants! I can't think of any possible meaning for their existence, well, other than to feed anteaters, which I like. I'm sure we could find a substitute. Wait, we already have a substitute; anteaters eat termites. They are almost useless; least they break down decaying wood.

Good grief; an ant rant!


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Default  Posted: 9:39 PM, June 28th (Friday)

Can you imagine having an anteater as a pet? That would be AWESOME.


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Default  Posted: 9:53 PM, June 28th (Friday)

Can you imagine having an anteater as a pet? That would be AWESOME.

Ya it would be...until winter. Then you'd have to breed your own ants... People I worked with thought I was crazy for breeding my own mealworms for my geckos so I guess it would fit me

I discovered ants in my laundry room. Kittens have had a blast pouncing on them and DD kept yelling "mommy bug" them he'd step on it. We also have small moths in the house. Kittens have been leaping for them.


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Default  Posted: 10:19 PM, June 28th (Friday)

I used to do the terro, but I got worried about the cat getting into it. Now I use cinnamon to repel ants. And it works FANTASTICALLY!


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Default  Posted: 11:14 PM, June 28th (Friday)

Ack kernel - hope you get all those buggers out fast. I swear they build their armies so dang fast.


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Default  Posted: 2:55 AM, June 29th (Saturday)

Moths? Uhoh! Make sure you hide your wool, the wool moths are out in Ontario right now!

How cool that cinnamon works like that. Do you just lay a perimeter of it down? My MIL is looking for a safe way to keep them out of her home!

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Default  Posted: 6:20 AM, June 29th (Saturday)

I've used cinnamon too, but it makes a big mess (and in my house, that's saying a lot ) My problem with ants was in my electronics, especially the computers. Why do they love electricity??


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Default  Posted: 6:57 AM, June 29th (Saturday)

Moths? Uhoh! Make sure you hide your wool, the wool moths are out in Ontario right now!

I think they are coming from the parrot food. They are all around the bird cage. They are small but really annoying.

How cool that cinnamon works like that. Do you just lay a perimeter of it down? My MIL is looking for a safe way to keep them out of her home!

I second the "coolness" factor. I'll have to try that :)


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Default  Posted: 7:33 AM, June 29th (Saturday)

How cool that cinnamon works like that. Do you just lay a perimeter of it down? My MIL is looking for a safe way to keep them out of her home!
It's really clear where the ants are coming in to my house - through two windows and one door, all in the kitchen. I sprinkled a line of cinnamon in the window sills, and then across the threshold of the porch door. I think the scent blocks them from following their chemical trail.

After a couple of days, I vacuumed it up, and the ants never came back.


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kernel
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Default  Posted: 8:00 AM, June 29th (Saturday)

I'll have to try the cinnamon next time. I don't have pets or little kids so the Terro isn't a risk at my house. The ants are all coming in the kitchen window. The kitchen window that is painted shut (not by me) and the Hulk couldn't get it open. Somewhere there is an ant-size hole that I haven't caulked.


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Default  Posted: 8:02 AM, June 29th (Saturday)

It's really clear where the ants are coming in to my house - through two windows and one door, all in the kitchen. I sprinkled a line of cinnamon in the window sills, and then across the threshold of the porch door. I think the scent blocks them from following their chemical trail.
After a couple of days, I vacuumed it up, and the ants never came back.

Thanks! I have a problem with sugar ants on my kitchen counter. I've been tempeted to wipe the counter down with Raid but I really refer not to risk it. I will try the cinnamon.


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Default  Posted: 9:35 AM, June 29th (Saturday)

Thanks! I have a problem with sugar ants on my kitchen counter. I've been tempeted to wipe the counter down with Raid

Bleach works wonders on ants. It does not keep them away but it does immediately kill them. I already use a counter top cleaner with bleach, so when i see a line of ant I just get that and spray them. Then I get traps and try to figure out where they are coming from. I never heard of cinnamon, I will try that next time!


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Default  Posted: 10:21 AM, June 29th (Saturday)

The ants won't cross the cinnamon line, but my dogs loved it so they'd snuffle around in it and spread it all over the place.


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Default  Posted: 5:58 PM, June 29th (Saturday)

Well my words may hold no appeal when I say that I don't kill anything, including insects, but when I lived in Las Vegas used to struggle with ants coming into the house and getting into the cat food bowls. My solution was to seal off the areas on the floorboard and then when I found an area by the kitchen window they utilized to gain access, I started to leave a trace of sugar just outside the window, then slowly extended the line further and further away from the house until they grew accustomed to finding sugar in one of the garden borders and slowly decreased the amount once they stopped coming in the window. Once in a great while they would start to encroach on the kitchen again, but the sugar trail worked every time until the last couple of years I never saw them in the house.

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Default  Posted: 7:55 PM, June 29th (Saturday)

I know this sounds weird, but Spray n' Wash is awesome for getting rid of ants. Just spray and wipe where they walk and it erases their scent trail. You can also spray around the base of your door/window and they won't come in. And, like cinnamon, it smells good.

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Default  Posted: 10:00 PM, June 29th (Saturday)

I just call "teraminax".


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Default  Posted: 11:10 AM, June 30th (Sunday)

WOW!!! Talk about effective. I would wipe up a bunch of ants only to have more show up a few hours later. Yesterday I cleaned the countertops really well and sprinkled a line of cinnamon where the counter meets the wall and we have not seen a single any since.


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Default  Posted: 2:00 PM, June 30th (Sunday)

Yay!!!


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Default  Posted: 4:05 PM, June 30th (Sunday)

We use the liquid ant traps! It's like an oasis... they all come in and carry the poison back to the next to DIE! <that's my evil DIE YOU BASTARDS laugh>


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Default  Posted: 4:09 PM, June 30th (Sunday)

Ants in your kitchen sucks.
Aunts in my kitchen would be awesome.


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Default  Posted: 11:21 AM, July 1st (Monday)

We keep 2 of these ...


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Default  Posted: 11:23 AM, July 1st (Monday)

You're little anteater is giving you the razzberry, TR


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Default  Posted: 11:48 AM, July 1st (Monday)

I had a long and persistent trail headed up to the roof of my condo for weeks, thought they might be after a dead bird so I thought it best to leave them be. The cinnamon trick sounds like the perfect solution for the stragglers.

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Default  Posted: 11:52 AM, July 1st (Monday)

Terro is awesome! Have used it forever. Glad the cinnamon worked!


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Default  Posted: 8:56 PM, July 1st (Monday)

Aunts in my kitchen would be awesome.

Well....depends on which aunts. Most of them would be awesome, but there are a couple that I wouldn't want to see crossing the line of cinnamon...


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Default  Posted: 12:41 PM, July 2nd (Tuesday)

I think they are coming from the parrot food. They are all around the bird cage.

Do you freeze your bird food? That kills the eggs of the moths. This took care of the moths immediately when I had birds.


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Default  Posted: 4:29 PM, July 15th (Monday)

(I think they are coming from the parrot food. They are all around the bird cage.)
Do you freeze your bird food? That kills the eggs of the moths. This took care of the moths immediately when I had birds.

No I haven't tried freezing the food but I'll stick it in the freezer tonight. We have the bird food in containers with snap lids so I think it's from the stuff the African Grey tosses out of his bowl (he's picky that way...).

We have fly strips up that have caught a lot of them and we are cleaning the cages every other day.

I tried diatamaeous earth. Sprinkled it around the entrances and around the laundry room. 90% of the ants are gone! It has also taken care of the flea problem that started. Joy of living beside a barn full of cats is having them hover around the house looking for food. Shortly after we started leaving the front door open with just the screen door I noticed the cats scratching. Sprinkled DE around the house and on the cats and vola! No more fleas. This works only on adults so I'll be doing it again but I like it :)


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