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      07-21-2011 10:29 AM #51
      i had small ants in the house about a month ago and we used Terro and they were gone in two days...now we are dealing with GIANT ANTS...i am afraid they may be carpenter ants as they won't take any food bait.

      I must have killed 15 of them over the past two days. I used some carpenter ant home defense granuals around the house as well as sprayed some carpenter/termite home defense product in ares where we saw them in the house (by doors and in utility room)


      Anyone have any ideas on what to do for these? Do i need to hire a professional?
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      07-21-2011 01:40 PM #52
      Quote Originally Posted by trbochrg View Post
      i had small ants in the house about a month ago and we used Terro and they were gone in two days...now we are dealing with GIANT ANTS...i am afraid they may be carpenter ants as they won't take any food bait.
      There are different formulations of ant bait. Some work on sugar eaters, some work on grease eaters, etc. The ones I've seen for carpenter ants also are used on termites. Buy some of the carpenter ant bait & try it.

      Edit: The Amdro with the green label also has a yellow sticker that says it's also carpenter ant bait.
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      07-21-2011 02:23 PM #53
      Did the AMDRO work?

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      07-21-2011 02:25 PM #54
      Quote Originally Posted by trbochrg View Post
      i had small ants in the house about a month ago and we used Terro and they were gone in two days...now we are dealing with GIANT ANTS...i am afraid they may be carpenter ants as they won't take any food bait.
      Your may want to try the ant dust then. In my experience, they walk right through it. Once it's on their legs it irritates them so they clean it off with their mouths.

      Alternatively, Raid makes a dual bait thing that has sweet and fatty baits so you can hopefully get them in either feeding cycle. Though, if they're not feeding at all then it's not going to help.
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      07-21-2011 03:23 PM #55
      Quote Originally Posted by boraIV View Post
      Did the AMDRO work?
      I don't know. It initially seemed to work (I was skeptical because the granules are huge compared to the ants), then there was a surge in ants in the pool, now there are not as many. I just finished sprinkling it in the grass around the perimeter of the pool, along with some other suspect areas. At this point there are many different brands & types of baits & insecticides in the back yard.

      As a side note to this ordeal, ants turned out not to be the only issue. Flying insects litter the surface at times. Their wings get wet & it's all over. I found a tiny dead frog floating on the surface when I was out putting down the Amdro.
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      07-22-2011 11:47 PM #56
      I knew it was too good to be true. The ants were all over the surface today again. I was installing the pool sweep that arrived today & there was a sheet of them on the water over the dedicated suction port area. It seems to be the dead spot when it comes to water movement.
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      07-23-2011 12:45 PM #57
      My brother swears by this stuff...

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      07-23-2011 05:28 PM #58
      Quote Originally Posted by SpclAgentD View Post
      My brother swears by this stuff...
      I've used it in the past, indoors, with varying degrees of success. There are a couple other products like that where you can find them in just about any supermarket.

      The pool surface seems to be pretty clear today. I think my issue is more a quantity of nests problem. It takes time to kill hundreds of thousands or millions of ants.
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      07-25-2011 02:32 PM #59
      It's been looking good for 3 days in a row. I think every time I mow the lawn I will sprinkle bait down around the pool perimeter until I don't see any ants for a month.
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      07-29-2011 11:36 AM #60
      It's been a week of relatively few sightings of ants. The pool surface has been free of them, but I still have the flying insects that land on it in bunches. I'm going with the plan of dropping bait every time the lawn gets cut to stop any new colonies that pop up, & doing the whole lawn with insecticide every few months when I fertilize.
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      07-31-2011 12:04 AM #61
      I agree with your course of action. Due dilligence is most likely your only option it seems

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      07-31-2011 07:53 PM #62
      I don't believe new ants can setup near your house in a matter of days, it takes few weeks for new ants to colonize the area and produce offsprings.

      Do you have any of house crawl space or foundation area sprayed with ant killer insecticide?

      Carpenter ants are subterranean species, they will come into the house through cracks in the house foundation or walls.

      Once you find a few ants, it pretty much means you've got a camp near the house.

      If you killed a few then after a week you start seeing again, then it means you haven't killed the queen.

      You need stronger stuff that can bait them and kill them slowly.

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      07-31-2011 09:19 PM #63
      Quote Originally Posted by Vision33r View Post
      I don't believe new ants can setup near your house in a matter of days, it takes few weeks for new ants to colonize the area and produce offsprings.
      Or could it be ones that are further out on the property moving in to a new home? The tunnels are already dug.

      Quote Originally Posted by Vision33r View Post
      Do you have any of house crawl space or foundation area sprayed with ant killer insecticide?
      None. The property contains a lot of sand stone,so they can't burrow very deep.

      Quote Originally Posted by Vision33r View Post
      Carpenter ants are subterranean species, they will come into the house through cracks in the house foundation or walls.
      Thankfully that type isn't present.

      Quote Originally Posted by Vision33r View Post
      Once you find a few ants, it pretty much means you've got a camp near the house.
      It doesn't surprise me. The backyard does contain new topsoil & sod on top of the sandstone, but there is still the front & side yards where ants could migrate from. The old pool also had ants swarming the surface, so it's not something new.

      Quote Originally Posted by Vision33r View Post
      If you killed a few then after a week you start seeing again, then it means you haven't killed the queen.

      You need stronger stuff that can bait them and kill them slowly.
      I'm going to keep after them. The previous owner wasn't in to spending money, so the ants had plenty of years to colonize without the threat of pesticides.
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      07-31-2011 10:11 PM #64
      I basically just watered them out. I water my grass 3 times a day and added some scotts fertilzer with ant killer and they just left. I got green grass and no ants but your situation seems to be a little bit extreme

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      08-01-2011 02:04 PM #65
      Quote Originally Posted by Hi TeK View Post
      I basically just watered them out. I water my grass 3 times a day and added some scotts fertilzer with ant killer and they just left. I got green grass and no ants but your situation seems to be a little bit extreme
      Watering is another issue here. There is a restricted watering schedule because of drought conditions, plus a surcharge on excess water used over a certain amount of gallons. I can stay under the surcharge when the sprinklers aren't used, but exceed the limit by using the minimum watering allowed by the timer (12 minutes a zone times 3), twice a week. The lawn has taken a beating because when the pool was being renovated the sprinkler lines were broken in many spots, & a portable sprinkler on a garden hose didn't cut it. By the time the sprinkler lines were replaced the weather was hot, & it took a toll on the front lawn. It will come back in time, but it's been too hot recently for it to repair itself.

      The ants seem to be tapering off. I will just keep after them with bait around the perimeter & insecticide on the lawn. Once the ant population goes down the spiders & roaches should follow.
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      09-01-2011 12:16 AM #66
      The ant issue is under control. It hasn't been completely ant free, but they aren't found in the pool in huge quantities anymore. I find some floating occasionally, but drowned flying insects are more of an issue now. I dropped a bag of fertilizer today, & also a bag of insect poison granules. I found a line of ants out in the yard feasting on dog sh*t last week. I'm trying to do both at 3 month intervals.

      Here is an image to compare the size of the Amdro ant bait granules (left) versus the Max Force ant bait granules (right).

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      09-01-2011 08:09 PM #67
      It rained heavily today & the millipedes are coming out of the ground. Not sure if it's all the water, the insecticide, or both. I scooped a bunch of them out of the bottom of the pool today, in between torrential downpours.
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    18. 09-06-2011 03:34 PM #68
      A bit late, but after year long battles with ants and having worked in the seasonal department are at Lowes throughout college. The absolute best thing that there is for ants is the Amdro granules. It has kept my yard ant free for the past few years. I just poke holes in the bag and sprinkle it around the yard every few months. Works great.

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      09-06-2011 06:54 PM #69
      The ants that were out today have drowned. It rained so hard that the pool is now filled to the bottom of the coping. It must have added at least 4" to the height of the water.

      Any of the insecticide I put down is no longer on the surface & has washed in to the ground. This is the 2nd torrential rain in a few days.
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      08-13-2012 11:14 AM #70
      Update: The ants came back in force this spring. I have settled on using a whole bag of Spectracide that is supposed to cover 25,000 sq/ft over a 320 sq/ft area. That includes heavily filling in the edged gap between the lawn & the deck. It's working, but at the first sign of ants another bag has got to be put down. Not too bad at $12 a bag.
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      08-18-2012 03:55 AM #71
      that sounds terrible, poor ants. sounds like katrina(or worse) came on them.
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      08-18-2012 04:10 AM #72
      Quote Originally Posted by heart_crafter View Post
      that sounds terrible, poor ants. sounds like katrina(or worse) came on them.
      George Bush doesn't care about black ants.
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      08-18-2012 05:22 AM #73
      we recently did our backyard...
      had not much grass... all weird plants n weed...
      we cleaned it all out and flipped the ground 3"...

      never had problem with ants before...

      so i guess what happned was while flipping the ground out we probabaly broke ants colony(house)...
      and after couple days we saw there was dirt all around the walls of our patio cemented stairway...
      after few days ants were in the house... crawling around the kicthen...

      we are tought not to kill ants, bees, hoopoes and sparrow-hawks unless they are harming you and five pests that may be killed whether one is in state of consecration or not: rats, scorpions, crows, kites [a hawk-like bird], and mad dogs.

      so my wife put some table salt around the side of the walls... and under a week ants stopped coming inside the house.

      maybe ill research on ants and salt... see if someone researched on it...
      this salt thing in really old in out culture and it works.

      end of story
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      08-19-2012 12:21 PM #74
      The rain we've recently had has been driving everything out of the lawn towards higher ground. Worms, millipedes, & ants are the main three. I've been more proactive when I see an ant trail now in or near the house, placing ant bait down to kill the colony. It usually take a few days, but then there's no more activity.

      I've read about using household items to mess with the scent of the trail the ants follow, but it may only work in areas where there aren't a lot of ants. My experience is that it works for a short time, & then they find away around it & continue doing what they do.
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      08-19-2012 04:56 PM #75
      the ants/bugs are bad this year down here - normal company spraying + diy still not cutting it seems.
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