Ant problems! Advice and help wanted

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Found 30th Apr 2010
Having a bit of a problem with ants at the moment, have more or less covered the parts of the house i can with ant powder but having 2 small children i am limited to where i can put the powder down, anyway they started in the living room 3 years ago, i chased them to the parlour last year - now they are in the kitchen, i have pulled all the plinths off, pulled out fridge, washer etc put the powder everywhere and still they come! Was talking to a guy from a pest control company today and he said the stuff they use is 100 quid a tube! Anyone on here have any tips to combat this problem.

Cheers in advance

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put your food away properly

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casparwhite;8498918

put your food away properly



LOL :thumbsup:

check your pants?

Get in contact with the council, they may be able to help. Look in the garden for signs of nests. Put the powder all arround the outside of the back door. I think the powder is called raid. Thats usually does the trick for me.

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leecroot;8498932

Get in contact with the council, they may be able to help. Look in the … Get in contact with the council, they may be able to help. Look in the garden for signs of nests. Put the powder all arround the outside of the back door. I think the powder is called raid. Thats usually does the trick for me.



The guy today told me to look for nests, what am i looking for?

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gap30;8498941

The guy today told me to look for nests, what am i looking for?



ants nests are in deep holes and cracks

get the ant powder (its all the same) and put outside door and along wall as a barrier a inch or so wide is plenty

also put behind your kitchen cabinet skirting boards (they usually come off) and esp along the outside walls
safer alternatives inside are finely ground cinnamon or nutmeg, but use the proper powder where you can

Try this stuff : amazon.co.uk/Vit…BSC

Put a drop of it down somewhere the kids or any pets cant get to it and watch them all swarm round it !! I had a really bad ant problem when I moved into this place, and this stuff got rid of it within days. It's really tempting to squash them as they all sit there eating this stuff, but don't because you've got to let them take it back to the nest so it kills the others :thumbsup:

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Charlie&Lola;8498976

Try this stuff : … Try this stuff : http://www.amazon.co.uk/Vitax-Nippon-Killer-Liquid-Disp/dp/B000TAUBSCPut a drop of it down somewhere the kids or any pets cant get to it and watch them all swarm round it !! I had a really bad ant problem when I moved into this place, and this stuff got rid of it within days. It's really tempting to squash them as they all sit there eating this stuff, but don't because you've got to let them take it back to the nest so it kills the others :thumbsup:



+1, bait, they take that back to nest, and goodbye ants!

gap30;8498941

The guy today told me to look for nests, what am i looking for?



Mounds of earth. They arnt huge. If the are around the outside and you have weeds growing pull them out. They maybe under there. If they are on youre lawn just have a look round. They are easy to spot. Knock the top off with youre foot and you often see the eggs there too. Just whack the powder down.

Have you thought about getting one the the insect repelants that plug into the mains? I pet shop will have these.

gomestic.com/gar…ts/
simplegiftsfarm.com/nat…tml

They have a few recommendations, I have heard about the chalk, vinegar and bay leaves before but there's a few other natural remedies suggested you might be interested in.
The thing is they follow ant trails so if you get rid of or put a stop on the trails you confuse them and they don't like walking on powder so avoid those areas.

When you see the ants see if you can work out if they follow set paths. Ants always follow the same paths from the nest to food and back. Put Ant powder (from DIY) in a continuous ring around the outside walls of the house and doorways. If you're still seeing them, then they are 'inside'. Check underfloor cavities as well.

Ant nests are typically fairly easy to spot as they cause raised earth or what looks like very fine honeycomb in the soil/substance that they are nesting in. Generally nests are outside but can be behind skirting etc keep your eyes peeled and try to follow them rather than kill them straight away.

Good luck

Charlie&Lola;8498976

Try this stuff : … Try this stuff : http://www.amazon.co.uk/Vitax-Nippon-Killer-Liquid-Disp/dp/B000TAUBSCPut a drop of it down somewhere the kids or any pets cant get to it and watch them all swarm round it !! I had a really bad ant problem when I moved into this place, and this stuff got rid of it within days. It's really tempting to squash them as they all sit there eating this stuff, but don't because you've got to let them take it back to the nest so it kills the others :thumbsup:



+1 that and spray not powder spray it along door thresholds and anywhere else you think they are comming in they'l be gone in days

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Thanks for all the help guys!:thumbsup:

I got some nippon ant bait stations from asda, took about a week but worked.

boiling hot water down the cracks, then the nippon droplets, ant powder never worked for me. they will come back tho, eventually.

If you have had then for 3 years you will definitely need the gel that they take back to the nest, only thing that has worked in my workplace. It is expensive but you will never be rid of them unless you use something like this.

boil the kettle.

Twinx;8499175

If you have had then for 3 years you will definitely need the gel that … If you have had then for 3 years you will definitely need the gel that they take back to the nest, only thing that has worked in my workplace. It is expensive but you will never be rid of them unless you use something like this.



ant treatment isnt expensive bait trap and spray will do you gel isnt expensive

if you know where they "walk" we used lemon juice as for some reason when added to a bit of water they couldnt walk over it when dried, i dont know why though

contact your council,,,might be free,,,

we used an ant trap last year. where they were attracted to it and then carries stuff back to the nests. It was safe for kids and pets (we have a very dumb cat). Worked a treat and hubby got them in tesco

ants like sweet..some honey on the plate should attract them, then wash them off and put new honey

Move house ?

Which room is the parlour?
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