A Plague of Ants
July 15, 2012 9:29 AM Subscribe
I have lots of ants! I hate ants! What's my best strategy for getting rid of them?
posted by tacoma1 to home & garden (29 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
I have been living in this current apartment (in LA) for a couple of months. I suppose because it's summertime suddenly I started to see ants--in the kitchen, in the living space (I'm in a studio; they're on the side with the couch, not the bed), enough that I wanted to do something about them. So I bought the Terro baits that come in a six pack and laid them out in the two most ant-ridden spots. Within a day or so, thick lines of ants converged on these spots. I waited it out a few more days (the genius of Terro is it kills slowly so the ants can take the food/poison back to the nest and feed the others, hopefully including the queen.) After waiting, I did come home one day and saw that there were far far fewer ants. And the next day there were almost none. Great! I thought the Terro had done it's job.
However, the following day when I came home, I saw that a new thick line of ants had developed near some of the traps in the living area. The kitchen, though, still seemed cleared out.
Now, today, there are still many ants in the living area and a new line has started in the kitchen near the trap there. Why would the ants all seem to die out and then come back in full force? Did new ones hatch? Is this another nest?
It seems to me like these ants have two distinct entry points--one somewhere under the sink in the kitchen (I see them going up and down this little area below the cabinets below the sink) and the other in the floor behind the couch. This morning I sprinkled cinnamon around the two lines, trying to barricade them in, because I can't stand seeing seeker ants all over. Now they can still get to the baits but not many are venturing through the cinnamon, it seems.
So, I want a plan of action. On Monday I'm going out of town for a week. Should I continue with the Terro bait-and-poison procedure that, if I have lots of ants, could take awhile longer I guess? Should I move to some more traditional insecticide--like spraying Raid? How about the Chinese Miracle Ant Chalk, or whatever it's called (really just an insecticide in chalk form) Should I do anything to these entry points? And, how easily do the Terro baits run out--should I get more? They've been feeding on these for about a week now. Terro has worked for me in the past but it also feels scary and gross to keep on attracting more and more ants.
These ants are black and very small. I wonder if they're Argentine Ants? But I really have no idea.
Give me your ant-defying tricks, please. I know they're harmless but they really eek me out when in my living space.