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