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Old 07.04.2011, 14:19
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Re: Ants

Does anyone have any non-lethal approaches to getting rid of ants? My boyfriend is an entomologist and 100% firmly against killing insects (apart from mosquitos as - quote - "they're little effing bastards"). There are more and more appearing and they're getting on my tits. Cheers!
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Old 07.04.2011, 14:26
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Hi Kamarate, you should go to a shop selling stuff for Grannies, buy some lavender pefume and put it in your bra. This will keep the ants away from your tits, your boyfriend should know that!

Another plant insects hate the smell of is Marigold.
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Old 07.04.2011, 14:37
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Does anyone have any non-lethal approaches to getting rid of ants? My boyfriend is an entomologist and 100% firmly against killing insects (apart from mosquitos as - quote - "they're little effing bastards"). There are more and more appearing and they're getting on my tits. Cheers!

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Old 07.04.2011, 14:45
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I said non-lethal! Poor little beggars.
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Old 19.04.2011, 07:55
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Go nuclear!!
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Old 19.04.2011, 08:18
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Re: Ants

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I wonder if a cordon of Tabasco sauce would do the trick?

You can at least protect your bed by putting little coffee cans filled with petrol under each leg. That will prevent them from climbing up in the night and nipping your nads while you sleep.

I understand that the little ants with which you house would appear to be infested are well known for such nocturnal nibblings, which accounts for their name in German: Schafseckelameisen. In days gone by, farmers would be forced to protect their rams by all kinds of arcane means, for once an army of ants had acquired a taste for scrotal scran, it was almost impossible to get rid of them. They would nestle between the little woolly hairs down there, munching away quite merrily, while the ram was rapidly driven to insanity, thus becoming utterly useless to the farmer, except as a source of wool or as a rather inefficient beast of burden (there is a wide selection of ram saddles and yokes in the permanent exhibition of the Sheep Museum in Wollerau, should you happen to be Welsh).

Obviously, as a human, a good scratch is clearly a very satisfactory option, should your nether regions become infested by such formidable formicid fiends, so insanity is unlikely to result from such an itchy invasion.

Precautions are advisable, all the same, however. There's only so much distraction a gentleman can take while enjoying a good book, a cup of hot chocolate, a game of Twister, or whatever else he might choose to do in the comfort of his bed chamber.

You may want to lay off the cigars, though, at least until the ants have gone.
That would put a whole new slant on smoking in bed.
Remember as a kid we used to get chocolate coated ants, just a suggestion.
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Old 19.04.2011, 09:50
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It offends their masculine sensibilities.

I bet you've never seen an ant with a man-bag, either, have you?

I love resurrected threads . hehe, man bag
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Re: Ants

I also have a problem with ants. They all seem to be coming from one plant, but I would like to keep that plant. Can someone recommend a product from Migros or Coop that I could put directly in the plant that's safe for inside?
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Re: Ants

Me too. Any suggestion on what to use that's safe for inside?
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Re: Ants

OK they are driving us nuts, its like they come up through the tiles, kill 10 and twenty come back.
We've tried the useless stuff from coop, We've tried salt to stop the 'crossing the line'.

How do we destroy them taking into account we have kids?
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Re: Ants

I once said on this forum that I would never knowingly kill a living thing....
Well, I have just become a mass murderer
We had a problem with ants in our compost bin on the balcony, a very kind person on here recommended sprinkling cinnamon, which worked a treat.
However, now they can't get into the bin, last night they discovered our open kitchen window and an apple core which I stupidly left by the sink last night must have attracted them.
I came into the kitchen this morning to a line of ants coming from the window, along the units, behind the microwave, in the cupboards, on the walls, uuuurrrrggghh!!
I am ashamed to say that armed with wet kitchen roll, I squished all of them!
So it's off to the Coop to find something to get rid of them. Sorry ants.
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Old 23.07.2013, 09:36
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Sprinkling cinnamon powder in their paths works pretty well...

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It really does, but if I had done that this morning in our kitchen, I would have had cinnamon just about everywhere!
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Old 23.07.2013, 11:08
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I once said on this forum that I would never knowingly kill a living thing....
Well, I have just become a mass murderer
We had a problem with ants in our compost bin on the balcony, a very kind person on here recommended sprinkling cinnamon, which worked a treat.
However, now they can't get into the bin, last night they discovered our open kitchen window and an apple core which I stupidly left by the sink last night must have attracted them.
I came into the kitchen this morning to a line of ants coming from the window, along the units, behind the microwave, in the cupboards, on the walls, uuuurrrrggghh!!
I am ashamed to say that armed with wet kitchen roll, I squished all of them!
So it's off to the Coop to find something to get rid of them. Sorry ants.
You ant killer!!!
I have the same problem with fruit flies...eventhough I am careful not to leave anything for them to come into my house, they are still here...
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Old 23.07.2013, 12:57
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In the US, we used to use Borax, natriumborat in German. I also used terro before i got a dog - don't think it's available here. And while i try not to kill most things either, ants and mosquitos are on the squish list. We used to have them like crazy in North Carolina. A big disadvantage of a black countertop.
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You ant killer!!!
I have the same problem with fruit flies...eventhough I am careful not to leave anything for them to come into my house, they are still here...
We had fruit flies last summer, this year none at all. Maybe the ants have scared them off!
Actually, last year I planted some ginger which had started to grow shoots in a pot, and it was when a plant grew that we got the fruit fly invasion. The plant died, this year, no flies.
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Old 23.07.2013, 13:25
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Aww, poor ants. This is what they looked like before you smooshed them.

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Old 23.07.2013, 14:19
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Re: Ants

I've had ants on my balcony for the first time this summer. Even with the help of my concierge putting evil stuff down the nest, they still came back. They had discovered my recycling bags... (not vegetable recycling, the PET bottles).

I got so annoyed I wrote a blog post about it... and then I went out and bought some Optimum spray insecticide from Migros. They haven't come back since.

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Old 23.07.2013, 14:25
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It really does, but if I had done that this morning in our kitchen, I would have had cinnamon just about everywhere!
Try sprinkling the cinnamon along the tracks of your windows and doors.
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