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Help name 78,216 little black ants, please

  1. Jul 12, 2004 #1

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    Or give me your ideas for getting rid of them. They are really bad this summer - it's like we have some strain of genetically modified super-ant.
    Usually, I put the cat's food inside a small bowl and then put that in a larger dish filled with water so the ants can't get to it. These suckers actually float across to the food and float back!
     
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  3. Jul 12, 2004 #2

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    I use those enclosed ant baits that kill the whole colony. They work well and my cats don't bother the baits.

    Sounds like you have some Viking ants.
     
  4. Jul 12, 2004 #3

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    I have found that if you place the poison directly in the path of the ants [out of reach of the cats of course], and then add little trail of jelly placed around and in the bait, the ants should be gone in a day. Often our ants ignore the traps otherwise.
     
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    Little Black 1;
    Little Black 2;
    Little Black 3;
    etc. (usw.)

    The Bob (2004 ©)
     
  6. Jul 12, 2004 #5

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    Well in Turkey we had a minor ant infestation. We found that setting fire to them did the trick. :tongue2:
     
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    Leave those ants alone! They could be trying to spell out a message to you. Bless their little ant hearts! I just coexist with mine.
     
  8. Jul 12, 2004 #7

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    Thanks everyone - I appreciate the advice. Evo and Ivan, I will try a combination of your methods. Jelly, huh?
    What brand of bait works best? I have had the most success with a brand called Terro so far.
    The Bob, you are usually more creative, but hey, I guess it IS an awfully long list.
    Jimmy P thanks for your idea, but I am afraid setting fire to them will be quite impractical in my situation!
    And yes, Holly, they ARE trying to send me a message. Spelled out in perfect block lettering on the kichen floor this morning was

    RESISTANCE IS FUTILE!

    :biggrin:
     
  9. Jul 12, 2004 #8

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    You could get an ant eater.
     
  10. Jul 12, 2004 #9

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    I hear they're on sale at Sears. They'll even throw in a little ant-eater sweater for free.

    - Warren
     
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    That gives me a devilishly evil idea... Mwhahaha!
     
  12. Jul 12, 2004 #11

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    Oh, my goodness - an Anteater!!? In a sweater? I wonder what the neighbors would make of that. They already gossip about me for dressing my cat up in little sweaters! :biggrin:

    Entropy if you need some genetically modified super Viking ants for your experiments I will be happy to send you some. Please send me back your rejects (stupidest ,weakest ants) so that I may introduce and cross breed them into the ant master race that is currently terrorizing my kitchen.
     
  13. Jul 12, 2004 #12

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    The Sears Semi-Annual Anteater Clearance Sale! I almost forgot! :tongue2:

    Math Is Hard, skunks eat ants! Your problems are solved. Maybe Tsunami will throw in a little sweater for it. :biggrin:

    If your skunk ever looks like this

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    RUN!!!!! I just read that skunks can spray up to fifteen feet.
     
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  14. Jul 12, 2004 #13

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    NO WAY! That's TOO perfect!!!
    Hey Tsu, send me one of the little stink bombs, would ya?!
     
  15. Jul 12, 2004 #14

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    Once again, PF connects those in need to those in have.

    - Warren
     
  16. Jul 12, 2004 #15

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    The first place to start is cleaning up every single crumb those ants could possibly find to munch. They seem to always especially love cat food (I never had such problems with dogs and dog food, but moved into one apt where there was just a few morsels of cat food that had gotten under the stove and were obviously missed by the cleaning crew, and there was a whole line of ants marching in for it). Well, obviously nobody had cleaned under the stove in a very long time, probably since it had been installed....eeeeeewwwwww! Anyway, I got under there and cleaned out all the crumbs and goo, and I don't know what, did the same for every other nook and cranny, kept all my food in the refrigerator or zipper bags or tight sealing containers, put down ant traps for a week, and they all went away and never came back. You'll probably have to put the cat food down for limited times during the day and keep it sealed up the rest of the day.

    Also, if you can find where they are coming in from, seal them out...common places are under sinks or other places where plumbing comes in through walls or from outside. A silicone caulking will work well to fill in gaps.

    They also will create an ant trail of chemical markers to lead their friends to the food source. The scrubbing will help with that too...use a good detergent to clean the floors along the trail the ants are following to get rid of their road signs.

    And if that doesn't work, how about:
    Anne, Bonnie, Clara, Dana, Eve, Fiona, Gloria, Heide, Ingrid, Jeanette, Kim, Lynne, Monica, Nancy, Olivia, Patty, Rosie, Sarah, Tina, Ursula, Vanna, Wilma, Yvette.

    That covers 23 of them (couldn't think of names starting with Q, X, or Z). Remember, the ants you're seeing are all workers, and that makes them female, so you have to come up with 78,216 girl names :-)
     
  17. Jul 12, 2004 #16

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    Speaking of chemical trails left by ants... I understand that ants also leave chemical signs to warn other ants of dangers. I've always wondered if you could get rid of ants not by killing them, but just by scaring a bunch of them ****less once or twice.

    - Warren
     
  18. Jul 12, 2004 #17

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    Wow, skunks are sounding more and more like the perfect pet! They are content to eat cat food, AND the ants attracted to cat food, plus they provide great perimeter security defense!
     
  19. Jul 12, 2004 #18

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    Or do what I do. When you kill them, make sure you leave a few of the bodies lying around to warn their friends what will happen to them if they dare enter your territory! :devil: Or leave an antenna in a box at the entrance of their ant hill :eek:

    :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
     
  20. Jul 12, 2004 #19

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    Here is some of what skunks eat: beetles, grasshoppers, crickets, caterpillars, ants, bees, wasps, earthworms, milllipedes, centipedes, crayfish, snails, slugs, and small snakes.

    What a wonderful animal. :approve:

    Tsunami, I will take all of your skunks!
     
  21. Jul 12, 2004 #20

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    They're on the way!!!!! :biggrin:
     
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