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Post by kiko Wed May 04, 2022 5:02 pm

I call them sugar ants and they are the smallest ants I've seen but still a real PITA in the pantry. I put down some poison that has never failed before for ants but it does not seem to have any effect on these. Any suggestions?
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Post by BisbeeGal Wed May 04, 2022 5:14 pm

This WORKS!!

BUT do not be tempted to make it stronger...if it is too strong they will not take  the bait.  

Place into 1-cup liquid measuring cup:
1/2 teaspoon boric acid powder
1 1/2 Tablespoons white sugar
Fill to 2/3 cup line with warm water
Stir/whisk to dissolve completely.

Fold half a paper towel a few times into roughly a 3 inch square; dip in the liquid and set the wet square on the counter, floor or even on a tile wall.  Put remaining liquid in fridge covered.  

The paper towel will dry out over night.  Discard and repeat with new towel; repeat until you see no ants.  Usually gone in one day, but treat two days to be sure.  

Leftover liquid can be kept refrigerated for future use for at least a month.
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Post by kiko Wed May 04, 2022 10:00 pm

Thank you. I tried Coors Light on a paper towel but they liked it and kept coming back for more.
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Post by sm1mex Thu May 05, 2022 8:33 am

Sprinkle acidic borico. Any Farmacia has it.

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Post by LCS NOTICES Thu May 05, 2022 10:37 am

Not LCS news - but for years I've used those disinfectant towels in plastic tubs from Walmart, Costco or wherever. Wipe the counter and also on a trail wherever they have left one.... down counter to floor, etc. Works great. One towel usually does it and they don't return.

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Post by mudgirl Thu May 05, 2022 8:32 pm

kiko wrote:  I tried Coors Light on a paper towel but they liked it and kept coming back for more.

Haha. Beer works good for slugs- used to use it in coastal BC, Canada. Put some in a deep container, they fall in, get drunk, can't get out and drown. But I never heard of using beer for ants.

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Post by artsnob Thu May 05, 2022 11:27 pm

I wipe the areas that have ants with Lysol citrus handy wipes when I moved to current casa, and have not seen them since...It has been nine months...

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Post by kiko Thu May 12, 2022 11:02 pm

I tried all of the above suggestions and the teeny weeny ants went away in 3 days, however, their cousins then arrived and they are bigger.  Anyone have a plan B?  I located their entry point at an electrical socket coming in thru a polyetylene tubing sleeve for the wiring.  Thinking I may fill that up with silicone.
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Post by mudgirl Thu May 12, 2022 11:45 pm

I get that a lot- ants coming through the electrical conduit. I usually just spray some Raid in there. They usually enter the conduits at the electrical panel.

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Post by rafterbr Fri May 13, 2022 12:27 am

kiko wrote:I tried all of the above suggestions and the teeny weeny ants went away in 3 days, however, their cousins then arrived and they are bigger.  Anyone have a plan B?  I located their entry point at an electrical socket coming in thru a polyetylene tubing sleeve for the wiring.  Thinking I may fill that up with silicone.

Not good idea to simoly cover hole with silicone. Ants can accumulate in such numbers they can actually cause a short in your electricity. It is best to spray some poison in the hole. It will not kill all the ants but at least they will leave this area.

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Post by cypress Fri May 13, 2022 6:56 am

The ants seem to be harmless.

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Post by gatosigi Fri May 13, 2022 9:28 am

Yes, they seem to be harmless. But a nest of the tinies fried a voltage regulator I was using.

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Post by brigitte Fri May 13, 2022 9:38 pm

The ants right now are terrible, the large ones are devastating the plants in the garden and the tiny ones are everywhere , I feel them crawling over me whe I sit on the sofa, it is awful. I have them up the ceiling , on the walls, in the pugs, in the plants , everywhere, they drive me insane.. The special recipe took care of some of them but I still have two spots where they seem immune..grrr..

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Post by artsnob Fri May 13, 2022 9:42 pm

Brigitte..Time to call the fumitec, they will eat your casa next...

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Post by mudgirl Fri May 13, 2022 10:18 pm

My cat's bowl is crawling with them, big red/black ones, as soon as she's done eating if there's any food left in the bowl. That's never happened before in all the years I've lived here. And I live on the coast, not Lakeside, so this must just be a really bad year for ants.

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