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Old 09-06-2013, 08:24 PM
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I did a search but nothing turned up.
Does anybody have any home recipes for killing or getting rid of ANT's?
I have small red fire ants now. I also interested in how to get rid of small black sugar ants???
Any input would be appreciated. I hate using sprays.

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I've been using diatomaceous earth for years and it works great, for all kinds of ants and other hard-shelled pests such as roaches and fleas. Google DE to see all its uses.

Just sprinkle it generously where you have the problem. I mix it with the soil, then sprinkle and mix again. Ants will not come back to that place again since they know it's death for them. They will pop up in other places so just rinse and repeat.
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II have small red fire ants now. I also interested in how to get rid of small black sugar ants???
Any input would be appreciated. I hate using sprays.
OK I hate using sprays, tie both hands behind your back and make like an anteater, because it's going to be that easy.

OK sprays, poisons...

AMDROL

I don't do sprays and sugar ants and grease ants are hard to deal with, but we don't have many of those.

Amdrol, just put a couple of Tbl spoons near the hill and not on the hill or trail, they will think it's a gift from god and carry into their home. Next day they will carry it back out again, along with the dead cousins that were near it. It's great fun, best stuff for Ants they've made since Chlordane.

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I've heard club soda works well. Never tried it myself though. :/
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I have used DE in the past along with a mixture of honey and borax, but could never get rid of the entire problem. Then I remembered the trick I used for weeds growing in pavement crack or edges; plain, old boiling water. I first stick a piece of dowell down the nest in several places to give better access to the water. Wait until dark so most ants are back 'home', then pour lots of boiling water. Sure the grass dies, but as soon as the ground is cool, just seed it anew. Natural this trick can't be used indoors. Hope it helps. Lui

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Grits, It's a redneck thing.
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Boric acid and grape jelly mixture, they take it back to the colony.
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instant grits, when they get wet they swell, and boom they are gone. I'm with Gardog on this one.
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Thanks for all the input. I forgot about DE & I have a lbs of that. RANCHER were can you get AMDROL? What is it?
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RANCHER were can you get AMDROL? What is it?
http://www.amdro.com/I don't know in your area, it's commonly available around here, which is Arizona.

You can probably buy it on line...

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honey + borax.

can mix your self.
they will carry it back to the quean

results in less than a week,

PS. put a lil dab on every (road) they use..

it will work.

PPS. another poizen will work, just be sure to mix with honey so they will eat it.
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I've had some luck getting rid of the tiny black ants. Mix 3 to 4 tablespoons of karo syrup with a tablespoon of borax and a pint of water. Leave some in a shallow container near where the ants are coming into the house. I mix it up in an empty pickle jar and use the lid to set out the mixture. If you let just a bit of it dribble over the side of the lid it helps the ants to find it. They'll swarm it pretty good for a while then you'll notice fewer ants. Takes 2 to 4 days to get to where you only see a couple here and there. After a while those vanish also. It helps to get rid of whatever food source drew them inside as well, leave them only the bait to find near the path they've established. This is the sort of thing that they take back to the nest and it kills the colony.
You may have to play around with the mixture to maintain effectiveness. Sometimes they need more sweetness to draw them to it. I had especially good results one time adding canned peach juice. Also, too much borax and the ants die too fast. If you end up with a bunch of dead ants in your bait, they're not getting back to the nest with it. Too little and it takes much longer to get rid of them.

I've read elsewhere on sb that the killing ingredient you want is boric acid rather than borax. I've also read that either one will do. I tried the borax because I had it on hand and it did work.
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Instant death for fireant nests: jam a broom stick into the nest as far as you can and then spray ether=starting fluid in the hole and cover the hole. Do not light the ether!
It will kill the queen in a matter of seconds.
Did this on my Dads property in Ga., all the nests were neutralized.
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Another vote for borax and DE.
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I was managing a commercial office building a few decades back when one of the offices developed an ant problem. The people who complained told me one of the people working there was allergic to poisons and asked me not to use them. I could not for the life me figure out what to do until I told my mother about the problem. She told me they use to use sliced cucumber to kill ants in the old day. I got one from the store and smeared it around the office. Within a few days all the ants were gone and they never came back.
I don’t know what it is about cucumbers but it works. Totally natural and you can eat any parts leftover.
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The granules they have at Lowes worked well for me.
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I had a spider that lived in the back corner of the bathroom behind the toilet. We had ants really bad in there, but I left the spider alone because it killed tons of them. You could see a pile of dead ants under it's web. That was a very "organic" ant control solution.
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DDT works best. Isotox next. After those one of the glandular products still for sale.

I must admit if DDT had not been removed from the market there would be little or no wild life left. It was killing everything from birds to deer.
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There are only 3 reasons why you would have fire ants in the home. Water, Food, Termites.

Ants will often come in the house if it's extremely hot looking for a cool place and a water source. Of course, they also come in for food (keep a clean kitchen and don't leave food/crumbs about). The one to really watch out for however is termites. When termite colonies move, the ants follow because termites and ants are at constant war. Termites are an ant colonies food source. If you see ant piles right up against the house, chances are, you have termites in your house.
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There are only 3 reasons why you would have fire ants in the home. Water, Food, Termites.

Ants will often come in the house if it's extremely hot looking for a cool place and a water source. Of course, they also come in for food (keep a clean kitchen and don't leave food/crumbs about). The one to really watch out for however is termites. When termite colonies move, the ants follow because termites and ants are at constant war. Termites are an ant colonies food source. If you see ant piles right up against the house, chances are, you have termites in your house.
Ether will kill both. I'm glad I don't live in Ga.,too many ants ,bees ,poisonous snakes,chiggers and too much heat!
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