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Dreamer1 
Posted: 21-May-2004, 01:09 PM
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Hi everyone,

I usually like to leave critters alone, knowing that each has benefits to offer, but for the last couple of years the ants have been taking over our whole yard and I can't seem to get ahead of them. We have all different kinds-all sizes, colors, winged, non-winged, you name it. There are large bare tracts of what was once good lawn, now dirt punctuated by ant hills. I really, really, really *don't* want to use poisons! We have two daughters and a dog who love being out there, not to mention the harm it would do to earthworms, and other beneficial critters. I've tried red pepper, baking soda, boiling water, paprika, diotenatious (sp?) earth, and a few other things over the years, but still...Can anyone give me some other ideas? Have you found solutions to the pests? I've even tried digging up large chunks of ground around the birds' dinner time and letting them come feast on ants, but it didn't last. My hubby wants to use Diazenon, but 1) I think that's been outlawed, and 2) it's serious poison!

Please help! Thanks for all suggestions-I'll try anything you've found effective, or anything you've heard of, or anything you think might work.

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Posted: 21-May-2004, 03:07 PM
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I've heard corn meal works. After they eat it they drink water, the meal swells up and they explode.


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Posted: 21-May-2004, 08:47 PM
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Use a blow torch and burn them out! That's what I do when I happen to come upon a nest of ants.

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  Posted: 21-May-2004, 09:16 PM
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You might want to call your local lawn & garden center and see what they recommend.


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Posted: 21-May-2004, 10:37 PM
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Thanks! I'll try the corn meal first. It seems gentler to all but the ants. But MaggieM, I *like* your solution--great stress buster potential! laugh.gif

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Posted: 24-May-2004, 07:03 PM
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What you need Dreamer are some WADs Weapons of Ant Destruction. wink.gif

I like deadly chemical solutions myself when I go to war against a persistant advesary.

May I humbly recomend Raid Ant and Roach killer.

I have encountered Ants on 2 different fronts at my domicile and though confronted by far superior forces in both instances, I have been able to engineer a victory in both instances (of course utterly humiliating them in the process - mostly by taunting them with picnic baskets) with the use of this wonderful weapon.

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I don't blame you for not wanting to use the typical chemical pesticides in your yard, Dreamer, especially with children running about.

I have recently read about, but not yet tried, using orange oil on the mounds. This is supposed to be effective even against fire ants. It can also kill weeds (including poison ivy), so don't get it on any plants you want to keep if you try it.

I am interested in feedback from anyone who tries this method.

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Posted: 26-May-2004, 05:20 PM
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I am sorry, but some of your responses had me ROTFL! I am having the same problem, Dreamer! And I have dogs, so I don't want to use pesticides, so I will opt for the explosion from the corn meal.............thanks to you all! laugh.gif


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Posted: 26-May-2004, 05:20 PM
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How about some very small fences? king.gif
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  Posted: 26-May-2004, 05:42 PM
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QUOTE (peckery @ 26-May-2004, 05:20 PM)
How about some very small fences? king.gif

Those are only useful for keeping sock monkeys away (well, the electrified trees help too) biggrin.gif tongue.gif ...

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Posted: 26-May-2004, 07:45 PM
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Hi all,

I just wanted to let you know that I'm still here, and still appreciate all the help you can offer! If it ever stops raining here I will try your suggestions. I'm planning to use the corn meal first, and will give you a progress report. I also read about using ordinary baking yeast in a sugar solution, spread on a stick or leaves near the ant hill. The yeast is supposed to be deadly to them.

Redbud, your idea of using orange oil made me think of mint oil, which is also deadly to insects of all kinds. I've used that before on other critters, and it's always worked just as well as Raid! The trick would be to get enough into the ants' nest to do the job.

Mikel, I've tried the Raid Ant spikes that you stick into the ground next to the hills, but our dog insists on pulling those back up again and chewing the tops of them--I'm afraid for her sake!

I think our weather is actually supposed to clear tomorrow, so I'll start the process asap, and let you all know what works, okay? Thank you all for the great ideas!!

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Posted: 26-May-2004, 08:20 PM
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I just kept my little dog in the house for a little bit and she was okay. unsure.gif I think. Regardless here is another time tested technique. Jump right in the middle of them and start stomping madly until the enemy is uterly crushed or you could try this::hammer
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Posted: 26-May-2004, 10:54 PM
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Well, I didn't have corn meal so I was out there using my Raid ant spray! Gosh! they are horrible pests! And if you don't get rid of them, they come into your house! The HORROR!
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Posted: 26-May-2004, 10:59 PM
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In dire cases Rose (and I would only recomend this as a last resort if they should penetrate your perimeter and gain a foothold in your house) soak the entire house in Kerosene (the match is optional at this point as the kerosene should be enough to kill them tongue.gif )

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Posted: 27-May-2004, 08:52 AM
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lol.gif lol.gif Sounds like Maggie's blow torch!! tomcat.gif

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