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    Ants begone!

    This year has been the wettest one in quite a while here at home. My house was looking like an interstate highway for displaced ants. Then what really got me torqued was their persistent attacks on my hummingbird feeders. Nasty little beggars.

    Long story short, I boiled up a 1/2 cup of water, adding a heaping Tbsp of Boric Acid mixed in with 3 Tbsps sugar. Stirred until dissolved into a slurry. I painted a little of this bait in the path of several ant trails, then added the rest of the bait to several small plastic food containers poked full of holes, placed along the house foundation. Ants then took their bounty back to their nest for their larva to ingest. The effect was immediate. Three days later, I did a walk around the house and found few survivors. The ant trails had disappeared from sight.

    Boric Acid isn't something you or your pets want to ingest since it is a poison. So take precautionary measures. Read the label.
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    I wonder if that would work on the little tiny Pharoah ants that have showed up in the kitchen? Not many yet, and so tiny you almost need a magnifying glass to see them. Regular ol' sugar or pee ants are giants compared to these. Wife bought bait traps for them, but we still see some.
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    Yes but it takes a while

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    Thanks for the info. The ants here in Michigan are terrible this year too.
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    Knock wood I haven't had any problems lately with those pesky buggers. Thanks for the recipe..I am now ready for them!
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    I've had ants invade my kitchen and pantry a few times. I tried borax in [fake maple] syrup, but that didn't seem to help, and just took some paint off my kitchen wall when I tried to remove it later. What did work was dousing the area in Permethrin.
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    I've sprinkled Boric Acid in powder form on ant trails with limited killing effect. It makes for an ant barrier of sorts. Ants coming in contact may die in the process of cleaning themselves, but what you really want is for them to carry it back to their nest as a food source for their larvae. The big trick to making Boric Acid work is to dissolve the stuff in boiling water, then mix in just enough sugar to make a wet slurry that can be painted on or placed near the ant trails.

    For years there was a two foot entrance to a large active nest of ants in the back yard. Last Monday I baited them with a warm mixture of Boric Acid, sugar and sausage grease smeared on a plastic Cool Whip lid. Yesterday while mowing, I noticed the nest had been pounded down with rain drops and their tunneling had collapsed. I parked the riding mower over the nest to see if I could get a rise. No one was at home. The workers had fed their larvae the sugary poison. Then the workers feed off the larvae excrement ingesting the Boric Acid that shreds the worker's insides. A sad demise.
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    About 10 years ago back when I lived in Michigan, my wife called me at work one night to tell me the kitchen overrun with ants. When I got home from work, she showed me and I saw several hundred carpenter ants (those big, black nasty bastards!) She had tossed some old, stale cookies into the trash and the ants found those and decided to have a party. I immediately went to our local Meijer store that was open 24hrs and bought some packs of Terro liquid ant bait. This was before I found out how to make the stuff MUCH cheaper. Put several of the bait feeders near where we were seeing the ants and got rid of the trash with the cookies. The next morning we had even more ants and they were going after the liquid bait like it had cocaine in it. By that evening, their numbers had declined considerably and the next day there were even less and many of those were staggering around like they were drunk. Next morning..........GONE. A few years later when I had an old maple tree about 20 ft from our kitchen cut down, we found the empty remnants of what was that carpenter ant nest so I knew where they had come from.

    Now, I just make my own with a similar recipe to that above, and keep a cheap squirt bottle of it in my garage for whenever it is needed. I have used it a few times in South Carolina, too (smaller brown ants found an open bag of food in our pantry) and it works great. I usually just l but down a paper 3 by 5 card with a cotton ball soaked in the homemade killer and it does the job in just a few days.
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