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#295357 - 08/29/08 10:05 AM ANTS ARE DRIVING ME CRAZY!  
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canukgirl Offline
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Some one has to have a solution! I have tiny ants in my apartment. They seem to be attracted to anything sweet. If I leave a glass without rinsing it overnight and it had jiuce in it, there are 70 ants in the cup in the morning! Ugh! Where are they coming from? I put a drop of this Terro Ant Killer on the ground on tin foil, and it seems to attract them and they drink it, but there seems to be no end to them! I don't know if I'm killing the ones I had, or attracting more!

Someone has to have a great way of getting rid of them!

#295364 - 08/29/08 10:10 AM Re: ANTS ARE DRIVING ME CRAZY! [Re: canukgirl]  
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There is a caulk like stick that you can get from Simon Quan - they have it behind the counter - that you can use to set up a barrier that the ants do not cross. Think it costs $1BZ stick. It does not kill them but at least keeps them off of surfaces - rub it around the edges of your counters or tables and they will not cross it.

#295381 - 08/29/08 10:52 AM Re: ANTS ARE DRIVING ME CRAZY! [Re: kwalkpt]  
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that is really cool. I will def go there today and try it! Where is Simon Quan?

#295414 - 08/29/08 11:54 AM Re: ANTS ARE DRIVING ME CRAZY! [Re: canukgirl]  
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I believe it is simply boric acid (not as bad as the name implies.) You can buy it on the island, I think at hardware stores. You sprinkle it wherever the little ants are and it creates a barrier. I believe they are attracted to it and take it back to their nests and I think it kills them.

#295433 - 08/29/08 01:01 PM Re: ANTS ARE DRIVING ME CRAZY! [Re: Amanda Syme]  
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Boric acid is effective in killing ants and cockroaches. It is generally considered an organic pesticide. It won't sicken people or animals.
I believe the chaulk you speak of has more than boric acid in in, some pretty bad chemicals, as you can not buy this product in the US.
There is a product locally available called "Terro Ant Killer", it is boric acid based. It's a gel that you place in the ants path, they take the bait back to the nest and the nest dies. I was given a bottle to get rid of the sugar ants at Island Perk (we use sugar based syrups for the drinks)and in a weeks time, no more ants. We haven't had a problem in almost a year now. I last saw some bottles at Harmouch for about $10 BZ. I can't recommend this product enough.


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#295437 - 08/29/08 01:25 PM Re: ANTS ARE DRIVING ME CRAZY! [Re: Chica Blanca]  
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Why would you want to kill the ants? They nature's cleaning crew and also eliminate annoying insects. As for your dirty dishes or glasses, when you don't wash them immediately, just rinsing them keeps the ants away. We keep our sugar in a zip-lock bag in the refrigerator. You can also put a cup on a saucer filled with water to keep it away from ants, and to keep them off a table, put the legs from the table in plastic cups filled with water.

Although it's human nature to kill everything, don't fight nature; work with it!

Last edited by Short; 08/29/08 01:44 PM. Reason: It was a cup, thanks Simon!

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#295443 - 08/29/08 01:30 PM Re: ANTS ARE DRIVING ME CRAZY! [Re: Short]  
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Ummm, could you check your spelling please.

#295465 - 08/29/08 01:47 PM Re: ANTS ARE DRIVING ME CRAZY! [Re: SimonB]  
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Whew, thanks!

#295509 - 08/29/08 02:59 PM Re: ANTS ARE DRIVING ME CRAZY! [Re: SimonB]  
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Amanda Syme Offline
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Thanks goodness I don't have an ant problem. Don't know why, my hubby probably does, but I am one happy camper.

#295514 - 08/29/08 03:03 PM Re: ANTS ARE DRIVING ME CRAZY! [Re: Amanda Syme]  
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Why would I want to kill ants? Come on, I'm an advocate on some things, but ants in my house.......Also, I of course usually wash my dishes or at least rinse them, and I have my sugar in the fridge, but I am not about to rot the legs of my table in order to "save the ants" Those suckers are dead.....sorry!

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