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we have a serious ant problem in our yard. they take up a good 1/4 of the yard and they bite! this evening we found some in the house. i want to get rid of them without killing us! any ideas!<br><br>
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Ok, so I am usually anti-chemicals, but ants are the exception. Get a glass jar and get some ants in it. Take it to the local home improvement store, and get some poison. We get the granules that we put in a spreader (so no one has to touch it), then water it in. DH does the poison. He wears full covering clothes to do it. When he is done, he washes his hands with soap & the hose, then comes in, puts all the clothes in the washing machine, and goes straight to the shower. I turn on the washer as soon as he is out.<br><br>
We have fire ants in texas, and I swell up like a balloon, so I vote for kill 'em.
 

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Chalk!<br>
We had a ton of ants coming in this window in the kitchen. If there was even a speck of food they would be there and if more food was left out, a swarm of them.<br><br>
I read somewhere that they don't like chalk so I took DD's chalk and drew a thick line around the whole window frame. I never have ants unless the chalk wears off. I have to reapply it sometimes.<br><br>
So, I don't know if this will help with such a big number of ants, but maybe you could use one of the things you make baselines with and draw some thick lines of chalk around the house or their anthills..<br><a href="http://www.onlinesports.com/pages/I,SKH-LRB200.html?srcid=bizrate&utm_source=bizrate&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=SKH-LRB200&cm_mmc=Bizrate-_-Products-_-PPC-_-SKH-LRB200" target="_blank">http://www.onlinesports.com/pages/I,...C-_-SKH-LRB200</a><br><br>
ETA you can buy bags of powdered chalk at a feed store or hardware store.
 

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We are battling ants here too! I am pretty sure we have carpenter ants.<br><br>
I tried the traps but they didn't seem to work. I bought some spray from Home Depot:<br><br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FEcoSMART-Roach-Killer-Aerosol-PACK%2Fdp%2FB001CRK1VI" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/EcoSMART-Roach.../dp/B001CRK1VI</a><br><br>
and sprayed it around the back porch (most of the ants seem to be in the kitchen and bathroom that share the outside wall with the porch). The sighting of ants seems to have decreased but they are still not gone yet. I also read that sprinkling boric acid around the house will get rid of ants.<br><br>
Try to find out what type of ants you have, some treatments only work for specific types of ants.<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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i was thinking of using tarro (sp) but i am not sure if that would work on such a large number of ants.<br>
there are protein and sugar ants correct?<br>
the area where they live in the yard is getting trashed, the grass is all dying (not that i am a big grass fan, but we can't plant anything there because they destroy it)<br>
and the were seen in the bathroom, on the 2nd floor. no trail anywhere. just 6 ants wandering around the sink.<br><br>
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One of the moms at school swears by a mixture of borax and sugar. Just don't put it on the grass.
 

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It won't kill them, but they don't seem to like cinamon either. We just put a line of it at the door entrances and windows and they stay away.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Chalk!<br>
We had a ton of ants coming in this window in the kitchen. If there was even a speck of food they would be there and if more food was left out, a swarm of them.<br><br>
I read somewhere that they don't like chalk so I took DD's chalk and drew a thick line around the whole window frame. I never have ants unless the chalk wears off. I have to reapply it sometimes.<br><br>
So, I don't know if this will help with such a big number of ants, but maybe you could use one of the things you make baselines with and draw some thick lines of chalk around the house or their anthills..<br><a href="http://www.onlinesports.com/pages/I,SKH-LRB200.html?srcid=bizrate&utm_source=bizrate&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=SKH-LRB200&cm_mmc=Bizrate-_-Products-_-PPC-_-SKH-LRB200" target="_blank">http://www.onlinesports.com/pages/I,...C-_-SKH-LRB200</a><br><br><br><br>
ETA you can buy bags of powdered chalk at a feed store or hardware store.</div>
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My grandma taught me this as a child.. totally works!
 

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I use Terro (it's just borax and sugar solution) outside the door and window that the ants like to come in . It works great, but does take a couple of days. Make sure you put it outside--it initially atracts them! For the really nasty fire ant hills, I have been known to drip a bunch of the solution at the top, and they seem to die off. This year, I found Terro outside baits traps that are little boxes with the borax sugar solution that stake into the ground, near the ant hill. I got some, so I will see how it works.
 
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