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Salzypat  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 5425)
Fri, 20th Jun '08 9:16 AM


This morning when I opened the back door to put the dogs out the whole back driveway was "moving" ... there were little ants everywhere. I brought the dogs back in and in the process I ended up with ants in the house, crawling up my legs, on my slippers, etc. The little devils sting too.

I don't have any chemicals on hand, so I took several buckets of hot water with probably 1/4 cup of dish detergent in it and threw that all over the driveway. I am not too optimistic about that being a permanent cure, but it did slow them down.

Does anyone have any suggestions about how to get rid of those little pests permanently?

I would also appreciate any suggestions on how to get over feeling like my skin is crawling! It's like a horror movie!

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3640)
Fri, 20th Jun '08 9:19 AM

I like the one where it says put out some cream of wheat. The ants eat it, it expands in their stomachs and they explode.

Papajensai  (Level: 203.4 - Posts: 1025)
Fri, 20th Jun '08 9:34 AM

Rent you a herd of anteaters and be sure to get video.

Salzypat  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 5425)
Fri, 20th Jun '08 9:48 AM

Sorry Ron, I got a message saying that link didn't exist or something like that. I might have a little problem finding anteaters in Nebraka, but then, one never knows these days...

Lodi, the link you sent had more suggestions than any one person could use in a lifetime! Corn meal and Cream of Wheat makes the little critters explode? Hmm, not sure about those. However, it appears that my instinct to throw hot water with generous amounts of dishwashing liquid were not too far off the mark. I'll try some of the other suggestions. It won't cost much and it sure can't hurt.


Bbear  (Level: 168.0 - Posts: 2291)
Fri, 20th Jun '08 11:04 AM

Red ants or black? Makes a huge difference. You have to find the nest and kill the queen one way or the other. Any home store has stuff but you have to follow them back to their home. Without getting rid of the queen you'll never get rid of the problem.

Kaufman  (Level: 270.0 - Posts: 3941)
Fri, 20th Jun '08 11:12 AM

Nobody ever said it wouldn't be aard vark finding an anteater ...

Ehodgson  (Level: 136.8 - Posts: 64)
Fri, 20th Jun '08 11:27 AM

Take some Borax or Boric Acid and mix it half and half with Icing sugar. Sprinkle a small bit on the ant hill or wher the ants are. They carry it back to the nest and they'll be gone in a week...guaaaaaaaaranteed.

Revdodd  (Level: 68.7 - Posts: 775)
Fri, 20th Jun '08 12:00 PM

That's what we did...I swear it sounds like fire ants, but I don't y'all have them out there ...yet.

Borax (or foric acid if you can find it) works wonders...clogs up their legs so they can't breath.

Are they training (coming in lines) or just wandering around? Yuo can break the trains by streaking vinegar across the path.

And no cream or wheat, and grits doesn't make them blow up. It does make them happy, however.

Gypsylady  (Level: 149.4 - Posts: 6108)
Fri, 20th Jun '08 12:19 PM

Thanks, Lodi, for the link! It had several interesting tips about various things.


Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Fri, 20th Jun '08 12:26 PM

When in the deep South, we always followed a tried and true lethal remedy. Set up a couple of saucers of Mad Dog 20/20 (Mogen David cheap wine) -- this is also great for roaches. It's believed that the critters could actually enjoy their last moments, or at least not care very much. It always worked for me.


Salzypat  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 5425)
Fri, 20th Jun '08 3:22 PM

thanks for all your ideas. No, we don't have fire ants yet - and that's one "import" I hope we don't get. Mosquitoes and gnats that consider me a walking buffet are bad enough.

The ants were mostly going everywhere. There might have been a few short lines here and there, but for th most part it was like they were swarming. They are tiny black ants. No food where they were setting up housekeeping.

I have lots of ideas to try, so thanks everyone. Hopefully in a few days I'll be ant-free. Never in all my years have I seen anything like this infestation.

Flcyclist  (Level: 132.5 - Posts: 691)
Fri, 20th Jun '08 5:14 PM

I don't know if it will work for your variety of ants or not, but with fire ant bites, if you rub rubbing alcohol on the bits as soon as possible it seems to nullify the stinging. It might work for you, too! Doesn't hurt to try, anyway. Good luck!

Suzannec  (Level: 260.1 - Posts: 616)
Fri, 20th Jun '08 6:12 PM

If those ants made your skin crawl, then you don't want to see the ant scene in the new Indiana Jones movie!

Salzypat  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 5425)
Sat, 21st Jun '08 2:05 AM

If the Indiana Jones movie has to do with snakes, spiders or crawly bugs like ants, then no, I don't want to see it.

Good news, I think. I really think maybe the hot water and Dawn detergent took care of the problem. I went out several hours later and there were all these little black specks on the pavement but only 4 or 5 still crawling. I took the Dawn and found their holes and squirted the Dawn directly into the holes. I hope that has solved the problem. If it hasn't I'll go back through this thread and pick out some of these suggestions.

Garrybl  (Level: 294.3 - Posts: 6806)
Sat, 21st Jun '08 4:02 AM

Re the anteaters; this doesn't work.
Everybody knows that 'Aardvark doesn't kill anyone'.

Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1312)
Sat, 21st Jun '08 6:38 AM

Use lighter fluid from the barbeque. It don't take much,and it works instantly. "BEWARE OF OPEN FLAMES". It does really work quick and effectively, too.

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Sun, 22nd Jun '08 11:41 AM

You're a sadist Mr Bill....
Poor ants....just the thought
of that makes my skin crawl....
Unless they're Fire Ants!!!!

Billkozy  (Level: 291.7 - Posts: 318)
Sun, 22nd Jun '08 1:29 PM

My sister just very recently had an ant problem and she used those new Combat type things in which the ants take the bait and bring it back to their hive and then Boom they all get sterile or die or something and then they vanish.

It seems to have worked within a day. Sort of amazing.

Salzypat  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 5425)
Sun, 22nd Jun '08 3:05 PM

I had hoped I had solved my problem with Dawn detergent and hot water, but as many of you predicted, evidently the queen didn't meet her untimely death so they've just taken up housekeeping in another crack of the driveway. At least it isn't as bad as it was the other morning.

So it's back to the drawing board; I'll try some of your suggestions and see what happens. Thanks everyone.

Heidi  (Level: 36.2 - Posts: 694)
Sun, 22nd Jun '08 3:36 PM

Fire ants were new to me until I moved to Florida-think Mi. is too cold. Now there are mounds all around my yard. They are tiny but the bites cause incredible pain. Here they sell a product made especially for them-put it on the mounds periodically. If you are not careful they will get into the house then it is like the worst monster movie. Never thought I would miss snow but have on occasion stepped in the middle of a mound-language not repeatable -Linda

Lovesmoodies  (Level: 45.7 - Posts: 132)
Sun, 22nd Jun '08 9:58 PM

If you are still having a problem- email me. My husband and father are both exterminators.

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Sun, 22nd Jun '08 10:24 PM

If you want to try a natural way, go to a feed store or hardware store and buy some diatamaceous earth. It is a white powder that is harmless to pets. Just spread it generously and you'll see the end of your problem.

My dad had problems with little sugar ants getting into the house. I found where there were getting in and generously spread DE all over the area. They disappeared and never came back - that was 4 years ago.

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