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mstiny Avatar
9y, 7m agoPosted 9 years, 7 months ago
anyone bothered with them just now ?what attracts them at this time of year does anyone know bought powder and spray so hopefully that will keep them at bay.:-(
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9y, 7m agoPosted 9 years, 7 months ago
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[admin]#1
Flying ants or just regular ones?

Flying ants come out at this time of the year as they are fertile and go off to mate. Then the surviving females go off to start new colonies as queens....

I'll have some ants if it's just regular little creepy-crawly ants. We got our two year old an ant farm and have been looking for some ants ever since- it's just typical that all the ants in our garden seem to have gone walkabout. They must've gone for a jolly-out to your house :giggle:
#2
isnt it just annoying i dont hate ants but i dont want them in the house:-(
[admin]#3
We don't really get them in the house, ants are really intelligent little things, they fascinate me... Sad I know :giggle:
#4
juliet_bravo
We don't really get them in the house, ants are really intelligent little things, they fascinate me... Sad I know :giggle:


in that case I'M A ANT!!
#5
i havent seen an ant in years lol.
#6
I'm having a similar problem with Decs !!
#7
juliet_bravo
Flying ants or just regular ones?

Flying ants come out at this time of the year as they are fertile and go off to mate. Then the surviving females go off to start new colonies as queens....

I'll have some ants if it's just regular little creepy-crawly ants. We got our two year old an ant farm and have been looking for some ants ever since- it's just typical that all the ants in our garden seem to have gone walkabout. They must've gone for a jolly-out to your house :giggle:


come and get them !!!! i will give them away for free even !!!!:whistling: :giggle:
#8
hulya
isnt it just annoying i dont hate ants but i dont want them in the house:-(


neither do i especially in my kitchen although there is only an odd one or two there i dont want them breeding !!!!:giggle:
#9
Bug girl at your service ;-)

Would assume these are not flying ants ... flying ants are always late summer. Best way to deal with them is to ensure you reach the queen. You get pesticide baits where the worker ants carry them off to the queen so you destroy the queen. Main problem is you can kill off as many workers as feasible and a few weeks later the problem is back. Maxforce bait is very effective but I am not sure it is available to non professionals. Alternative would be to get a carbamate powder pesticide and squirt it down all holes. Workers will get this on them and take it back to the queen.
[admin]#10
Gaia
Bug girl at your service ;-)

Would assume these are not flying ants ... flying ants are always late summer. Best way to deal with them is to ensure you reach the queen. You get pesticide baits where the worker ants carry them off to the queen so you destroy the queen. Main problem is you can kill off as many workers as feasible and a few weeks later the problem is back. Maxforce bait is very effective but I am not sure it is available to non professionals. Alternative would be to get a carbamate powder pesticide and squirt it down all holes. Workers will get this on them and take it back to the queen.


Hola Gaia!

Do you work for rentokill or something? Flippin 'eck!!!! :giggle:
#11
Gaia
Bug girl at your service ;-)

Would assume these are not flying ants ... flying ants are always late summer. Best way to deal with them is to ensure you reach the queen. You get pesticide baits where the worker ants carry them off to the queen so you destroy the queen. Main problem is you can kill off as many workers as feasible and a few weeks later the problem is back. Maxforce bait is very effective but I am not sure it is available to non professionals. Alternative would be to get a carbamate powder pesticide and squirt it down all holes. Workers will get this on them and take it back to the queen.


thanx for ur help:)
#12
LOLOLOL I am a bug geek girl :oops:
Now I am nice friendly bug loving ecologist ... but in my sordid past I have worked in pest control :oops:
#13
God I got attacked by flying ants yesterday. Thoosands of em and they were huge!!!!!!!!

Well when I say attacked I mean they were flying in a swarm straight at me and I didn't think to run away.
urgh!!!!
#14
I threw some diluted bleach onto area near the house full of insects, it seemed to kill them off nicely, I avoided any plants etc.

But it did NOT work on the ants nearby, resilient ******s.
#15
This brings back horrible nightmares of the ant infestion at the house I lived in last year. Each morning you would walk into the kitchen, turn the light on and see hundreds of the things all over the table and worktop. A 15 minute ant stomping spree each morning is a great way to wake yourself up for a day's work.

We never worked out where the nest was but did poor boiling water down every crack in the yard which slowed them down for a while.
#16
I hate flying ants, we get loads of them, we bought on of these recently - http://www.ultimatepestrepeller.com/pest_repeller_ultimate_at.htm
#17
can ants have the ant hills and nests underground? i see thousands of them in small chunks on my grass, and say if i leave a football near them give it 10 seconds and the ball is covered in ants, i put powder down to kill them but its like they go back down and pop out on the other side of the garden.
banned#18
wazb
can ants have the ant hills and nests underground? i see thousands of them in small chunks on my grass, and say if i leave a football near them give it 10 seconds and the ball is covered in ants, i put powder down to kill them but its like they go back down and pop out on the other side of the garden.


Yes, I find pouring boiling water over them gets rid.
#19
- Bucket

- Big squirt from some bleach

- Hot water from your tap to about 5-8litres.

- Pour near insects and ants

= nice summer
#20
I saw colony of ants moving white things which i assume were eggs?
someone had moved a patio slab which must have been their home and to save the * eggs* each any was carrying them down into a hole.Indeed it was so so facinating to watch. NOW thats what i call team work!
1 Like #21
jennybubbles
God I got attacked by flying ants yesterday. Thoosands of em and they were huge!!!!!!!!

Well when I say attacked I mean they were flying in a swarm straight at me and I didn't think to run away.
urgh!!!!



Hitchcock The Ants?:whistling:
#22
wazb generally the ants we get in gardens next underground. Like pcnutta says if you lift patio stones you quite often get to the den. Disturb them and you see them shifting the eggs/larvae to safety ... kinda sweet.

Mainly totally self sacrificing for the good of the colony.

http://www.geocities.com/fastiland/Teaching/acs/smallhoneypot_ant.jpg

This is a honeypot ant that basically self sacrifices itself by turning itself into a honeypot which can be consumed by the colony in times of need.

The ants we get in our garden milk aphids for honeydew. Stroking their backs till they spew out nectar like fluid. The ants will also guard their aphids against ladybirds.The little ant in bugs life carries an aphid about with her!


Totally facinating creatures really. Geeky Gaia :|.
#23
will the hot water do the trick then? dont want to use bleach as it may turn my grass yellow?
#24
Gaia
wazb generally the ants we get in gardens next underground. Like pcnutta says if you lift patio stones you quite often get to the den. Disturb them and you see them shifting the eggs/larvae to safety ... kinda sweet.

Mainly totally self sacrificing for the good of the colony.

http://www.geocities.com/fastiland/Teaching/acs/smallhoneypot_ant.jpg

This is a honeypot ant that basically self sacrifices itself by turning itself into a honeypot which can be consumed by the colony in times of need.

The ants we get in our garden milk aphids for honeydew. Stroking their backs till they spew out nectar like fluid. The ants will also guard their aphids against ladybirds.The little ant in bugs life carries an aphid about with her!


Totally facinating creatures really. Geeky Gaia :|.

Wow that is facinating gaia just one question

Whats an aphid?????
#25
I stayed in a travelodge once were the bathroom was overrun by the little things and these were the red ants.
#26
Hot diluted bleach worked for me but not sure I'd recommend it near plants/grass. I did it on concrete patio and fence area.
1 Like #27
You could always buy a pet anteater :thumbsup:
http://www.geocities.com/shadowsoftherainforest/GiantAnteater.gif
#28
jennybubbles


Whats an aphid?????


Greenfly! :-D
#29
cuzzy
Greenfly! :-D

ta muchly :-D
#30
Boiling water works pretty well to kill of ants at the surface or just below. Colony is likely to go down much further so you will see a decrease in the population but your not going to get rid of them totally like this. Given they will disappear as it gets colder in autumn the boiling water may get them to an okay level. White powder is generally slower acting but its impact tends to last a little longer if enough gets down into the nest.

Personally I don't really mind ants much so just let them be unless they start invading the house. Flying ants which will start appearing will only last a few days max.
[admin]#31
Poor little ants :giggle: they're really intelligent and we just pour a kettle of water over them because they annoy us lol..
#32
It kinda mean :-(
#33
juliet_bravo
Poor little ants :giggle: they're really intelligent and we just pour a kettle of water over them because they annoy us lol..


Not intelligent enough to keep away from peoples houses................:giggle:
[admin]#34
Gaia
It kinda mean :-(


Too right it is hun... especially when folk say "Pour boiling bleach on them. But don't do it near your plants because you might make your flowers die..."

Never mind that you're pouring boiling bleach on a species that is intelligent enough to socialise. :roll:
[admin]#35
Iom-RF
Not intelligent enough to keep away from peoples houses................:giggle:


Reckon the ants have probably been around for longer than us:giggle:
[admin]#36
:giggle:

[IMG]http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t125/juliet_bravo/Ant_head_closeup12.jpg[/IMG]
#37
juliet_bravo
Reckon the ants have probably been around for longer than us:giggle:


Not intelligent enough to adapt.....................:p :giggle:
banned#38
fox2020
You could always buy a pet anteater :thumbsup:
http://www.geocities.com/shadowsoftherainforest/GiantAnteater.gif


Can you give me a link as to where to buy one:thumbsup:
[admin]#39
Iom-RF
Not intelligent enough to adapt.....................:p :giggle:


Or maybe we're not intelligent enough to... oh hang on a minute.. what am I saying?!! I'm trying to defend ants to you Pam!!! Just shush... you're on my side. Right? :giggle:
[admin]#40
Prissymiss
Can you give me a link as to where to buy one:thumbsup:



They've got loads of em here http://www.anteatersandlubehotshop.com

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