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Old 23.07.2013, 15:19
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Re: Ants

I love your approach to 'non-lethal' but consider this !

There are millions of them in that burrow ! not 1 or 2 or a few hundred. There are Millions all working away making a bigger nest so the queen can make a million more.

Now, consider this. Cinnamon power and other cute deterrents are lovely but as the nest grows they will increasing look for food/building materials and if you delay a few they will either keep trying OR find somewhere else to get in.

Even worse is when the 'flying ants' go off to find a new home (usually everywhere else on your property, Garden, etc) then you have another issue.

Nip it in the bud before it gets out of control !

Try my fizzy water technique I recommended on an earlier post that uses only carbonated water to stop them (CO2 kills them not the water)

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Old 23.07.2013, 16:58
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Re: Ants

I've realised you can't be sentimental when it comes to ants, so we've bought something which attracts them, they walk in it and then take it back to the nest where it poisons the nest.
Again, I'm sorry ants.
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Old 23.07.2013, 17:03
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The other day I lifted up a plate from the draining board, only to be confronted by about 100 tiny ants scurrying around. I traced the line all the way to the kitchen door, which leads to the balcony. Using superglue I tried to block all the holes I could find, but still the buggers kept on coming.
So then I bought these ant traps from Migros, which have proven useless since they don't go near them. Someone at worked suggested creating a threshold of baby powder (talc) and that seemed to work for a while, in that the ants would get to the threshold and then walk back. However this morning I noticed that some of the more persistant buggers had broken through. What else can I do? I don't have pets or kids in the house so I am happy to go nuclear
I heard that if you talk to them respectfully, they will go away... otherwise, and to avoid all the pesticides mentioned in this discussion, try a pot of Basil where they come in...
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Old 23.07.2013, 18:56
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Re: Ants

I don't Think Basel Stadt will be too happy with folk carting parts of their city off to Zurich direction in order to combat antz !
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I heard that if you talk to them respectfully, they will go away... otherwise, and to avoid all the pesticides mentioned in this discussion, try a pot of Basil where they come in...
We tried that, didn't work.
The stuff we bought is apparently 'natural', whatever that means.
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Old 23.07.2013, 20:11
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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...
Fruit flies are easy to get rid of. Enjoy a Bottle of Wine, but leave 0.5 dl of wine in the bottle. roll a small piece of paper to a funnel and put it in the bottle. Once the flies are in, they dont get out again.

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Re: Ants

Thanks for all the tips on this thread.

I'm now living in a group home in a rather old building. About a month ago, one of the staff mentioned to me I might get 'some ants' in my room and told me to tell someone if I spotted any.

I thought 'some ants' meant 20 or so.

Sunday night, I discovered hundreds of ants (flying and regular) clustered around the skirting board under the window.

I went and told someone, as instructed. We hoovered them up, and I went to bed. An hour later, unable to sleep, I turned on the light to 'prove' to myself that all the ants were gone. Found twice as many.

We hoovered them up and I slept on the living room sofa.

Monday was a bank holiday, but there weren't any ants during the day so I wasn't too bothered. Until they started creeping out of the woodwork at 7 pm.

Another night on the sofa.

This morning I went into my room to find it infested with ants, and the flying ones were EVERYWHERE... my bed, my bags, my laundry, my clean clothes, desk, chest of drawers, mirror, light...

I've never dressed so quickly in my life.

Come back this afternoon and they've settled on the wall by the window. The hoover's being used by the cleaning lady, so I turned to EF (where else).

While I'm waiting for the professionals, I'm going to try cinnamon... and window cleaner, which someone else recommended.

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Old 10.06.2014, 15:27
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Monday was a bank holiday, but there weren't any ants during the day so I wasn't too bothered.
Even the worker ants have unions these days?
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Old 10.06.2014, 15:36
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Re: Ants

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diatomaceous_earth

I wouldn't do lines of the stuff, as with any powder the greatest nusiance is when they're made airborne. It is harmless to people, some apparently use it as a dietary supplement.

It is a mechanical insectiside, sharp tiny particles get in the works, like hundreds of bone spurs breaking loose in a joint at the same time. Baby powder doesn't do that.

On the other end of the spectrum, there is Terro, a brand of liquid ant death. Sold in small bottles and little ant swimming pool units. It does warn against using anywhere near food prep areas, and so it should be obvious that casual contact be avoided.

I doubt they offer the latter in Switzerland, it seems to be a newer product in the States over the last 2 years or so.

With either method your best bet will be application at and around the hive.
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Old 10.06.2014, 15:57
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Even the worker ants have unions these days?
Yes indeed. They were all on strike!

In all seriousness, when I returned to my room on Monday morning there wasn't so much as a hind leg of an ant to see... but this morning it was a different story...

I tried the window cleaner and it did seem to kill them... but the ants are already returning...

And unfortunately cinnamon is impractical with a carpet!
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Old 10.06.2014, 17:59
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Re: Ants

A few years ago, i bought some round things in the Migros. Where the mosquito spray etc is. Left those out around the area where the ants were coming in. They were gone within a couple of days.
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Old 10.06.2014, 22:42
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A few years ago, i bought some round things in the Migros. Where the mosquito spray etc is. Left those out around the area where the ants were coming in. They were gone within a couple of days.
Ants were an issue in Florida, but this year is the first I'm having trouble with it here.

Must get out tomorrow and snag something.
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Re: Ants

Just an update on the window cleaner solution.

I decided to give it a second chance, and sprayed more vigorously. It killed all the flying ants and left the normal ones scattering in confusion.

I hoovered them all up...

And apart from a few waifs and strays (which got the same treatment), haven't seen an ant since half past four yesterday afternoon.

Before going to bed I sprayed window cleaner around all their known entrance points.

I don't think it's got to the root of the problem, as all the ants died before they could carry the poison back to the nest. But it's certainly improved my quality of life.

Apparently the window cleaner disrupts the scent trail so new ants can't follow...

We shall see how long it lasts.
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Re: Ants

The exterminator came today so hopefully my room is now protected for the rest of the summer.

In case anyone else has this problem, he said the larger 'flying ants' are actually queens looking to found a new colony.

So if you have those, make sure you leave the windows wide open so they can fly away and not make their new home in your house!
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The exterminator came today so hopefully my room is now protected for the rest of the summer.

In case anyone else has this problem, he said the larger 'flying ants' are actually queens looking to found a new colony.
Yes, and the smaller winged ones are the short-lived males. If the colony is making the reproductive castes it means the colony is thriving and can afford to spend resources on expanding out to new colonies.
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Yes, and the smaller winged ones are the short-lived males. If the colony is making the reproductive castes it means the colony is thriving and can afford to spend resources on expanding out to new colonies.
Eeek! I hope the colony is no longer thriving after the treatment today... don't want to go through this again.
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Re: Ants

I need to uproot this thread:

"My" ants are waiting to be shooed away. Would it make sense to mix mint and lavender oils in water and to spray that everywhere? I think the little creepers are entering through open windows, there is no detectable path (it's only been a few ants until now). As I need to ventilate this place I can't close their entry (if the windows are indeed is the entry they are using).

I'm planning to buy an ant trap but I need an immediate solution which'll work until I get down to it.

Is there any way to find out where they're coming from?
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Old 23.04.2015, 17:49
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Re: Ants

I once bought one of these Chinese Chalk from a Chinese store in US. You draw a line across the ant path, and the ants disappear in a little while. Works amazingly well.



Since then, the product has been banned in the US. Supposedly dangerous or deadly for small children. Does anyone have any background on this product, the toxicity, and whether it has been seen in Switzerland?
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Is there any way to find out where they're coming from?
They are coming from the Queen Ant's ovipositor.
Which doesn't help you much I guess...
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They are coming from the Queen Ant's ovipositor.
Which doesn't help you much I guess...
If you'd bring me the Queen Ant, it would
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