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Ant Invasion!
updated: Dec 10, 2013, 8:26 AM

By Edhat Subscriber

I noticed a few ants in my bathroom and then shortly it was a full trail to my shower. Is this their season to invade? I sprayed Raid but have slowly seen one or two in other parts of my house. How can I find the source and get rid of them? Thanks edhatters!

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 COMMENT 475792 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-10 08:39 AM

I have found 'Grant's Ant Stakes' to be the best for eliminating ants---grocery stores or Home Improvement on Gutierrez---they work best if you run some hot water over the opening, and stir it up a bit with a toothpick or some other stick--place on a ant run and watch them go crazy! Usually gone in a couple days.

 

 COMMENT 475796 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-10 08:42 AM

You will never kill off ants so stop trying. Instead, work on harmony and finding ways to live with them. Yes, you can remove the ones from your bathroom but you just need to get the colony to reprogram the habits it takes. Once they realize your bathroom is not an option, they will work around it. Remember, they come in when it rains because the ground saturates. They come in when it's dry looking for water.

Balance.

 

 COMMENT 475805 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-10 08:54 AM

TERRO is a syrup with Boric Acid in it so not very harmful to humans or pets. Ants take it back to their nest & after a few days-they are gone. They are probably getting in thru holes for plumbing or waste pipes.
You could also take the advice of 796...

 

 COMMENT 475806P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-10 08:55 AM

We use liquid ant baits. Works for us. Amazon.com has them and I am sure Home Depot, OSH, and Home Improvement might have them as well.

 

 COMMENT 475808P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-10 08:58 AM

TERRO works great. It attracts ants at first. Be patient while they dine at the poison last supper.

 

 COMMENT 475809 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-10 08:59 AM

Terro and Orange Guard orange oil spray ( bought it at Ace downtown). The spray gets rid of the initial lot of them and the more persistent will take the Terro bait. Orange oil is non toxic I believe. Not sure if the Terro is safe around food, pets or kids.

 

 COMMENT 475810 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-10 09:02 AM

Use windex. Just spray it on the trails, not the ants. Clear them away and spray it in large C shapes across the trail. It will take a few days to work, but keep doing it and your ant problems will be over, for now.

 

 COMMENT 475816P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-10 09:07 AM

don't ants eat termites? maybe rerouting rather than eradicating them is in your interests.

 

 COMMENT 475819P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-10 09:18 AM

I haven't tried it - but my sister says artificial sweeteners containing aspartame get rid of them.

 

 BEACHBIKER agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-10 09:22 AM

It's your bathroom carpeted? I once had a huge and invasion and discovered, after lifting the carpet, they were coming up around the base of the toilet. Sealed that with silicone caulk and all was well

 

 COMMENT 475824 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-10 09:30 AM

09's suggestion should work. The Orange Guard, ACE Hardware, has citrus oil that they avoid. Be careful if spraying it on a tile floor, it can be slippery.

They may be coming in from outside or living in wood beams under the flooring of the bath. We had that problem and when nothing else worked Terminex came out to determine the entry point and sprayed around the exterior of the house....no more problem.

 

 COMMENT 475829 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-10 09:41 AM

Terro- Westside/San Andres Hardware has it.

 

 COMMENT 475834 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-10 09:51 AM

Windex is not an option. You shouldn't even use it on your windows. Bad stuff in it. Some scientist out there could elaborate.

 

 COMMENT 475836P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-10 09:53 AM

I've also heard that about ants eating termites. I don't freak out like I used to since I heard that.

Since I live on sand, I basically live on a giant ant hill. They have established colonies in the walls, etc. Most of the time they forage outside, but I do try to keep up my kitchen not leaving crumbs and food accessible.

Right now they're coming into my bathroom, too...they seem to be drawn to the sink overflow outlet...? I put out the Terro liquid on bait pads to keep them to a dull roar if they get aggressive.


To tell the truth, they are most aggravating in the garden and my container plants, farming aphids and mealy bugs.

 

 COMMENT 475842 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-10 10:02 AM

100% food grade diatomaceous earth… NOT the kind you use for swimming pool filters.

 

 COMMENT 475844 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-10 10:08 AM

Terro ant traps, with the clear gel. They are AMAZING, and I don't use that word lightly.

 

 COMMENT 475845 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-10 10:15 AM

Find the hole they are coming out of and give it a quick hit with any (spray) ant killer or surround it with diatomaceous earth... it blocks the scent trail left behind by their foraging compadres. They are seeking water from the bathroom.

 

 COMMENT 475849 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-10 10:30 AM

Terro liquid ant baits are the best. Put them near the wall where they are entering the room so you don't have a swarm all over your counters. Go outside and look for a line of ants coming into the house and spray raid there.

 

 COMMENT 475860P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-10 10:51 AM

Wow. So many ant killers on Edhat. I am surprised. We NEVER use any toxins on our property, to deal with ants.

Google organic ant control and do what's right for yourself, your pets, your garden, property and family. Pesticides, UGH.

 

 COMMENT 475862 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-10 10:53 AM

There was a story on local news a few months back that this year is really bad for Argentine ants due to the dry weather creating a lack of food and water for them. It was also pointed out that we really can't get rid of them, just control/manage a bit.

They were really bad in our house in the summer and since then not so bad, but recently have returned a little bit. Going to try Terro/Orange Oil.

 

 DOGMOM agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-10 11:00 AM

I make a solution of simple syrup and boric acid powder that works great. Dip a cotton ball in it and stick that where you see them lining up. Within a day they will be gone.

 

 COMMENT 475875 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-10 11:21 AM

I'm with dog mom. Boric acid is the cheap and effective solution. Have used it for many years as necessary, especially when we lived in Hawaii. Use just a small amount of boric acid powder, mixed with some sugar and water. Set it out in small plastic containers or old jar or bottle lids, or even on a small piece of foil placed along the ant trails. I've even taped it to the ceiling. Much safer than Raid, cheaper than Terro. And, of course, keep away from pets and kids.

 

 COMMENT 475885P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-10 11:54 AM

I'm with 792. Grants does kill ants. It takes several days but its worth it. I put a drop of water in the hole and place the stake on the ant trail in the bathroom. Might be the sink, floor etc... Leave it in place for a week. At first it will seem like its doing nothing. But they will be gone for a long while. And to all you non killers, there are plenty of ants to go around and contribute to their place in the circle of life...

 

 BEACHBIKER agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-10 11:54 AM

Oops! "ant" not "and." Darn small print on a tablet! I'll add this: There was a big ant problem for years at my mother's house. I finally called Terminix, and part of the service was receipt of a bottle of non-toxic spray. Smells good, does not harm people or pets, and works very well for the occasional ant parade. I think it can be purchased separately.

 

 COMMENT 475895 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-10 12:21 PM

Sometimes the presence of ants means you have termites and/or rotting wood. Do follow the trail and see where they are coming in, if you can. The ants themselves may not do much damage but they may be alerting you to some damage already there. If you see "ants with wings", it's a termite swarm, and if indoors, needs to be professionally dealt with. I saw an amazing number of them in the air a couple weeks ago when we had that warm spell.

If the ants are just walking across the driveway and strolling in under the door, much less worry.

 

 COMMENT 475940 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-10 02:13 PM

Spray simple green at the ants in the front of the line. Leave and when you come back they will have all turned around and left the way they came in.

 

 COMMENT 475949P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-10 02:21 PM

We had them coming up through a hole in the wax seal at the base of the toilet. Talk about a huge hassle to kill them.

I took the entire toilet out, easy, & flushed enough ant spray mix into the hole, popped in a new wax ring, re-installed the toilet & we've never had an ant return - at least to the bathroom!

 

 COMMENT 475963 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-10 03:06 PM

We had an infestation of ants after we had our house tented and fumigated. My guess was they were eating all the dead termites. Then the ants all disappeared! Poisoned by termites, maybe.

 

 COMMENT 475970 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-10 03:34 PM

First, find if there are any leaky pipes or fixtures. Remedy all moisture sources that attracts ants and mildew. Clean your bathroom fan blades to exhaust shower steam more effectively. Silicone seal all the cracks. Clean all surfaces. White vinegar or chlorine bleach are good for cleaning and as an ant deterrent.

Generally, a spotless bath (or kitchen) is less inviting to ants.

 

 COMMENT 475983P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-10 04:07 PM

I use soapy water (fill a spray bottle almost to the top and add non-toxic dish soap) which kills on impact. They don't carry it back to the nest, but they DO get discouraged if you keep at it. Then when you wipe up the residue with the little ant bodies, the place is cleaner, too!

 

 D8VANILLA agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-10 05:43 PM

Coffee grounds.

arbico.com buy Nematodes and apply outside. Not harmful to animals and plants.

Bay leaves will also repel ants.

Poison is never a good idea.

 

 NELLY5 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-10 07:44 PM

Skin So Soft from Avon I take it every where even to BBQ or picnics they hate the smell.. I use it around my sliding glass door and bam they are gone..

 

 COMMENT 476090 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-11 07:04 AM

Cinnamon. It works.

 

 COMMENT 476099P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-11 07:49 AM

Citrus Magic (citrus zest concentrate) sprayed in the cracks. Sure-fire. Kills them on the spot and I think the fumes burn their little lungs; they take up residence far away. At Gelson's and Home Improvement, among other places.

 

 COMMENT 476105 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-11 08:01 AM

Cinnamon works

 

 COMMENT 476107P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-11 08:07 AM

We tried for ages to get rid of ants - forget living in harmony with them; not after finding them in the bedroom closet. Ugh. We finally had someone come in and spray the perimeter of the house and the property. Was a last resort, but boy, it sure worked and didn't seem to bother the bees, lizards, or anything else that lives in the garden.

 

 MESADOG74 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-11 08:18 AM

Check that the trees are not touching your roof, the ones I found in my bathroom were coming off The trees. I cut em back and no more ants.

 

 MONTHISTORY agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-11 08:20 AM

WD40

 

 FRESHPAVEMENT agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-11 11:56 AM

Baby powder. Seriously.

 

 COMMENT 476236 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-11 12:25 PM

Clean with Orange oil and spray down their trail

 

 AUNTIE S. agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-11 02:48 PM

Oh spare me, 396 - How to live in peace and harmony with our ant brothers! No thanks.

 

 COMMENT 476367P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-11 06:04 PM

Clear jell ant poison sold in a device for injecting it into small openings where they enter works well. It is similar to what the pros use. Made by Terro.

 

 COMMENT 476408 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-11 08:55 PM

Hands down, baby powder is the best at getting rid of ants! They hate the stuff because it clogs up their breathing pores. I once had a bad infestation, sprinkled it on the hole they were coming out of & wherever I saw them. and they were gone over night. Haven't come back in years. Sprinkle it around on top of them and their trails.

 

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