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Oh my god the ants, help!

We've been battling a carpenter ant infestation unlike any before. In past years we've had NO PROBLEM getting rid of them quickly. This year, they seem to be all over the house, and we're trying all the same tricks with no luck. I don't think we've ever been cleaner and we've been keeping things in airtight containers as we normally do. I have questions about how this could happen and what I can do. [more inside]
posted by your mom's a sock puppet on Jun 2, 2014 - 10 answers

Help us block ants from our house

Today we found tiny ants on a kitchen counter and followed their path to a stretch of baseboard. We sprayed it with Sevin & left for work. Don’t know what to expect EOD. We’d prefer to use more natural products, but we’re willing to go nuclear if necessary. (We own the home; no landlord.) How have you handled ants?
posted by LonnieK on Jun 2, 2014 - 20 answers

What did the Pink Panther say when he stepped on an ant?

There are two large, underground ant nests in our yard. The ground has gotten spongy and soft where they are located. The grass above them is completely dead. How can we get rid of them? [more inside]
posted by schnee on May 31, 2014 - 5 answers

Ants in a condo - Terror ensues

How can I make sure I don't see a single ant in my condo unit this year? [more inside]
posted by parakeetdog on Apr 23, 2014 - 19 answers

Hello Anton. Are you finished with that Mentos? May I have the rest?

Lately (coinciding with extreme hot weather) ants have been attracted to the Mentos chewy dragees I carry around with me. The dragees don't appear (to my eye) to be any different after the ants have had their way with them. Is it safe to eat them? What is attracting the ants to these dragees? Are the ants leaving anything behind that would be unsafe for me to ingest? I have a reasonably robust immune system, so I don't mind a little bit of whatever challenging its integrity, as long as I'm not poisoning myself to a degree I can't handle. I don't want to kill the ants or block their activities beyond making the dragees physically inaccessible. An airtight container is a solution, but I'd rather not have to bother with that - I'd prefer to just share the wealth with the ants, if it's not harming me.
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Feb 20, 2014 - 13 answers

How far from home before an ant is irrevocably lost?

I'm sitting on a park bench, and there are ants crawling on my feet and lower legs. I keep lightly brushing them off. Eventually I get up and walk away. About a hundred metres from the bench, I realize there's still a single ant exploring the leg hairs on my shin. I brush it off, onto the ground. Will it find its way back to its home?
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Feb 1, 2014 - 3 answers

Is she the ant anachronism?

A type of ant, typical of summer and practically unseen in winter, shows up in our house in January. Would you call that an anachronism? [more inside]
posted by ipsative on Jan 24, 2014 - 10 answers

How to get rid of ants that are in between my window screen and window?

How do I get rid of ants that are between my window screen and window? [more inside]
posted by anya32 on Jul 25, 2013 - 10 answers

Is Terro Safe for Plants?

I live in the SW desert area, and have been battling ants for 7 years. Some years I win, some years they win. We've had some epic battles over years, and now I'm trying to finally gather a front that will end in at least an armistice. [more inside]
posted by BenevolentActor on May 30, 2013 - 6 answers

I can handle critters, but not crawling up my legs while I'm doing the dishes.

Any Aussie ant experts around? I'm tired of having sugar ants crawl up my legs while I wash up after dinner. [more inside]
posted by malibustacey9999 on Dec 29, 2012 - 8 answers

Exterminating in one's car

Quickest way to get rid of tiny black ants in your car? [more inside]
posted by sunnychef88 on Aug 23, 2012 - 10 answers

A Plague of Ants

I have lots of ants! I hate ants! What's my best strategy for getting rid of them? [more inside]
posted by tacoma1 on Jul 15, 2012 - 29 answers

Argh! Ants in the dorm!

I'm staying in a dorm and there are ants. How do I avoid carrying them home with me? [more inside]
posted by hoyland on Jun 26, 2012 - 17 answers

Plagued by ants, ants, and (hopefully not) an ardvark

Ants, scurrying rodents - what do I do with my WALL OF VERMIN? [more inside]
posted by pipeski on Jun 2, 2012 - 4 answers

Pernicious California Butter Ants

Please help me deal with these single-minded ants. [more inside]
posted by Lyn Never on May 11, 2012 - 19 answers

Or maybe I just need antxiety meds?

Should I be concerned about large numbers of ants in my backyard and small numbers of ants in my house? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Jan 15, 2012 - 6 answers

Ant problem

We're having a bad (and sudden) ant problem in one of the two bathrooms on the second floor of our home. I don't know what kind of the ants they are or where they are coming from; they are really tiny. They are on the counters, in the shower...the ant traps don't seem to be working. Any suggestions please?
posted by htm on Dec 25, 2011 - 25 answers

Ants in my laptop

There are ants in my laptop. What now? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Oct 17, 2011 - 13 answers

Entomologists, ants are littering on my patio! Why?

What are these ants on my patio doing? Every day, all day, a few ants will bring little specks of what looks like dirt (could be something else, like decayed ants) and leave it on my patio. They do not make a pile, but spread it out. Every day the sprinklers come on at midnight and wash all that stuff back down towards the ants, and as soon as it is dry they start again. Why are they doing this? I feel like the ants are littering on my patio. If it helps I live in north Dallas. Thank you! (I do not think it is them trying to get infected ants out of the nest, but maybe. It was my first thought.)
posted by Reighlok on Oct 15, 2011 - 4 answers

Are Ants Cherry Farmers?

What are these ants doing in my cherry tree? Difficulty: no aphids. [more inside]
posted by carlh on May 22, 2011 - 4 answers

What are some good ant documentaries.

Looking for quality documentaries (and/or books) about ants and other colony insects. [more inside]
posted by distorte on May 12, 2011 - 16 answers

To get away from you damned pests!

I'm moving. How do I make sure I don't take the fleas, mice, cockroaches, stinkbugs, and ants with me? [more inside]
posted by MrVisible on Sep 13, 2010 - 12 answers

Buying ants for an antfarm in Seattle?

Where in Seattle can I buy ants for an ant farm, this weekend? [more inside]
posted by tristeza on Jun 26, 2010 - 9 answers

And the ANT Came Back/The Very Next Day/And the Ant Came Back/I Thought It Was a Goner/And the Ant Came Back/It Just Wouldn't Staaaay A-Waaaaay!

Ant curiosity: How far can an ant get from its home and still find its way back? [more inside]
posted by Ys on Jun 5, 2010 - 7 answers

I need some ants to temporarily move out of their home.

I need to put a railroad tie post exactly where a red ant colony is. I don't mind that they are there, except that when I stand there, in seconds my shoes are covered with red ants, and a couple minutes, they'd be all over me and the bites hurt. I need them gone for a couple days. I don't want to use insecticide because I don't like such things in general and because it is very near an irrigation ditch. Ant suggestions?
posted by allelopath on May 31, 2010 - 16 answers

peppermint vs. cats

Cat emergency! How do I clean up peppermint essential oil? [more inside]
posted by january on Mar 9, 2010 - 3 answers

I, for one, welcome your answers.

We all know about Them! What are other examples of sci-fi stories (serious or otherwise, well-known or otherwise) featuring insects (ants or otherwise, giant or otherwise) terrorizing, enslaving, or endangering humanity?
posted by Behemoth on Dec 14, 2009 - 29 answers

Too gross to eat?

Can I still eat this steak even though ants have already partaken? [more inside]
posted by shelayna on Oct 23, 2009 - 28 answers

Ninja ants!

Ants (or something) in my bed? [more inside]
posted by Attackpanda on Sep 9, 2009 - 12 answers

Minding the gap

Best way to seal tiny gaps between the hardwood floors and the baseboards? [more inside]
posted by Mountain Goatse on Jul 6, 2009 - 14 answers

Amazonian ants in the mail!

The book I just received from Amazon is covered in ants, which have now infested my mailbox (and my nightmares). What to do, whom to contact? [more inside]
posted by thebazilist on Jun 24, 2009 - 34 answers

Where did these dead ants come from?

Where are these dead ants coming from? And how can I keep them from showing up in my house? [more inside]
posted by LolaGeek on Jun 15, 2009 - 7 answers

Looking for an ant game

Looking for a game where you trap ants with sticks. [more inside]
posted by frankie_stubbs on Apr 19, 2009 - 4 answers

Entomology Filter: What are these these seed-like pods? Bug eggs?

Entomology Filter: Ant-hill structures in my bedroom. Do I have ants or some other kind of bug? Strange that I haven't seen ONE bug in the three months I've lived here. (pics inside) [more inside]
posted by plasticbugs on Jan 25, 2009 - 15 answers

They take a lickin' and keep on tickin (unfortunately)

How long did it take for Terro to exterminate the ant population in your apartment/house? I started using Terro's liquid-filled ant baits on Wednesday, September 17. Now, four days later I am still seeing ants trickle in - not as many as before, but enough to make me grit my teeth, and wonder if they're just waiting for the next set of eggs to hatch before they come in droves again. How fast did Terro work for you? Did it take you a few days, a week, etc?
posted by Esther Festers on Sep 21, 2008 - 11 answers

Killed Me Some Ants!

I set fire to a colony of tiny red ants. Now they have gone away. Why/how did this work? [more inside]
posted by cjorgensen on Aug 13, 2008 - 11 answers

A plague o' my house?

What might be causing the things seen here in this photo and this photo? [more inside]
posted by mrhaydel on Aug 4, 2008 - 9 answers

How to get rid of ants bees wasps ladybugs etc

My house has the odd bug problem throughout the year I'm looking for quick and concise solutions that can be made out of house hold products and the best bait to use for these solutions (traps poisons etc). I get the odd problem inside and outside of my house so ill try to mention them separately. These semi random infestations happen on and off for example one year it was ladybugs and another it was ants but they only repeat the odd time. I know this question may seem broad but im looking for some solutions that can be relatively universal yet i can make them for pennies... [more inside]
posted by Chamunks on Jul 29, 2008 - 7 answers

ants! ants! ants! kill! kill! kill!

Help me rid my apartment of ants! [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Jul 29, 2008 - 27 answers

How can I keep ants from living in my grill?

Ants make colonies in my new gas grill. How can I keep them from moving in when the burners are off? [more inside]
posted by underthehat on Jul 3, 2008 - 7 answers

How can I get rid of carpenter ants?

My apartment is being overrun by carpenter ants that won't go away. How can I get rid of them? [more inside]
posted by mithiirym on Jun 2, 2008 - 13 answers

Ants in the bathroom!

Ants in the bathroom! [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone on Oct 6, 2007 - 13 answers

Want to go smoke some ants?

Can someone please explain to me the practice of smoking ants? [more inside]
posted by god particle on Aug 27, 2007 - 6 answers

Ant Colonies in my Pot Plants

Why are there ants setting up nests in my pot plants?! Every time I water my lavendar, Geraldton Wax (Aust native) and my mint bush, ants start pouring out of the ground in their hundreds. I suspect they are also making the dirt in my pots 'hard' - the water seems to just run off it instead of soaking in. I have tried stabbing the dirt with a chopstick around the plants to airate the soil and get some water down to the roots, but the ants persist. Any help/ suggestions?
posted by gerls on Aug 16, 2007 - 10 answers

WTF! Ants are in my cable modem!

OMFGFilter: I was cleaning my living room / bedroom / office and underneath my side-laying cable modem I found HORDES of ants swarming around pale little crumbs. Did I just find a nest? [more inside]
posted by emptyinside on Aug 8, 2007 - 13 answers

Pet-safe Pesticides?

As usual, we skipped spring here in Texas and went straight to what my Yankee self considers summer. And with summer in Texas comes bugs -- fire ants, chinch bugs, and all kids of other assortments of creepie crawlies. Normally I'd simply diazinon the entire yard and just fuhgetabout it, but this year -- I have a puppy. A puppy that likes eating digging in dirt and rubbing her nose in it. [more inside]
posted by SpecialK on Mar 17, 2007 - 4 answers

Ants on a Computer

I believe there are ants living in my laptop. [more inside]
posted by Flamingo on Sep 5, 2006 - 10 answers

Dead ants everywhere

Why are there dead bodies all over my livingroom floor? Dead ant bodies, that is. [more inside]
posted by schoolgirl report on May 25, 2006 - 16 answers

Recommend me books about ants, termites, Quakerism and black cowboys

Recommend me some books/articles about specific, somewhat esoteric, subjects. [more inside]
posted by xpermanentx on Sep 1, 2005 - 17 answers

WHat else can I do about my ant problem?

Ant Problem, is there anything else I can do? a few days ago I found a few ants in my kitchen so I set up a few an traps hoping I could catch the few that where there, the next morning I woke up and found many many ants swarming an area of my kitchen and storage room. [more inside]
posted by bluehermit on Jul 25, 2005 - 7 answers

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