Ants in the House

Discussion in 'Pests and Diseases' started by Slowmodem, Apr 24, 2013.

  1. Slowmodem

    Slowmodem New Member

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    The past few days we've seen tiny little ants on the counter in the kitchen. Weedeated (weedate? Ran the weedeater?) around the foundation this morning. It rained this afternoon, so everything is wet.

    From my reading, it seems best to spray at night when the bees are in. My plan is to spray around the foundation Friday night around dusk (our bee meeting is tomorrow night so I have to wait). There's no flowers or anything around the house to draw bees. I think I'm pretty safe doing it this way. This sound ok?
     
  2. bamabww

    bamabww Active Member

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    Yes, If the spray doesn't have a sucrose base you'll be OK. I mix Orthene powder Fireant poison and water in a 2 gallon hand sprayer and have sprayed my hive bases to kill fireants that have built right under or next to the hive base without any problem. I always spray late in the afternoon or even dusky dark.
     

  3. PerryBee

    PerryBee New Member

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    I use borax and icing sugar mixed. I sprinkle it in the area and then cover it with a shingle or something to prevent the bees from getting at it.
     
  4. KatyTX_Bees

    KatyTX_Bees New Member

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    At what ratio of Orthene to water do you use?
     
  5. blueblood

    blueblood New Member

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    I had great success with liquid Terro baits last year....
     
  6. Slowmodem

    Slowmodem New Member

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    It's been too wet to spray outside. Maybe Tue or Wed I'll get a chance.
     
  7. ASTMedic

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    Second the Terro baits. They work like the borax and help to kill at the source not just on contact.
     
  8. bamabww

    bamabww Active Member

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    2 ounces per gallon.
     
  9. SkyeFeetham

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    I hope these are not fire ants because fire ants are really bad, if the bite you so it's really a terrible condition for you. Anyway it's better for you to get rid of these ant.
     
  10. Gypsi

    Gypsi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    going to do compost tea on mine, if that doesn't work I have a jar of beneficial nematodes in the fridge. The rain last week made all the ants visible, only one hill in the apiary but I have chickens in the apiary too, so pesticide granules would kill my hens. And my bees

    http://www.dirtdoctor.com/Organic-Fire-Ant-Control_vq123.htm