Black Carpenter Ants!!!

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  1. MST3KFan

    MST3KFan Master of the Obvious

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    At my folks home, where I still live for now, our computer is at and next to it is a pool table with a cover on it. Anyway, as I'm working on the computer I hear the sound of something small hit the pool table with a 'tap'. I look over to see a black winged bug apparently having burned itself on the light above the pool table and proceed to squish it in a napkin, thinking nothing else of it.

    Until it happens again...and again...and again. Next thing I know I have like 15 napkins of squished bugs in our wastebasket.

    I tell my Dad whom also said he had squished some previously as well and we start to look around for a source of where they're coming from and see one coming up from between the wood area under a window.

    These little buggers have apparently gotten into the basement walls of my parents home. We realize we must have a few nests now in the walls alongside the basement windows, which is where according to our research online tells us as an indication of where they be by little piles of sawdust and stuff.

    So my Dad sprays the areas in hopes of dealing with them, until I read how liquid insecticides aren't the way to go, but some kind of dust like substance.

    My Dad worries about having to have a massive bill as a result of an exterminator coming out and would like to deal with this in a way that won't be insanely costly.

    I would also like to not have to keep squishing the buggers or looking over at the pool table everytime I hear a 'tap' noise.

    Anyone else have problems with these pests?
     
  2. tikgnat

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    In the UK you can buy these Ant killer containers, they contain this sweet poisoned liquid that the ants go to and take back to their nests. It will eventually kill the queen, and therefore destroy the whole nest.

    Have a look in DIY stores, or wotnot. I would have thought with summer approaching there would be many different ways to kill the little buggers availible.
     
  3. ILoveDinobot

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    Ah yeah we have that in U.S. too.
     
  4. knook

    knook Let the Virus Consume You

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    Ops_was_a_truck JOOOLIE ANDREWWWWWS!!!!!!

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    off topic, but I love MST3K. :D 
     
  6. Lance Halberd

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    Put down baby powder. Works like a charm.
     
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    QFT. I had termites in my place and researched that there is something in baby powder that they will eat and bring back to the nest which will kill the hive.

    But leave them nice, dry, and rash free.
     
  8. Lance Halberd

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    The main draw for me to switch to baby powder was that I was told it absorbs the moisture out of the ants' bodies, thus leaving them dry, empty husks.

    Dessication is way cooler than poisoning.
     
  9. grimlockams prime

    grimlockams prime Check you feet

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    if you are gonna do that why not just use salt?
     
  10. Lance Halberd

    Lance Halberd oh hai

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    Salt doesn't have that fragrant, fresh-from-the-shower smell I look for in a pest killer.
     
  11. Ops_was_a_truck

    Ops_was_a_truck JOOOLIE ANDREWWWWWS!!!!!!

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    Regardless, both also do a good job of repelling witches and demons.
     
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    comet is your best friend buddy
     
  13. Greyryder

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    Aren't carpenter ants a sign of moisture problems? They don't eat good wood, they burrow into wood that's already rotting, because it's softer.
     
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    If you find the entrances to their nests, pouring vinegar down the hole works really nice. Doesn't do the vegetation around it any good, tho (learned that after battles with carpenter ants over my wooden planter). There's also diatomaceous earth, which cuts them, and they basically bleed to death - you can also use it for all kinds of bugs, including fleas on your pets. Its not a poison, so you don't have to worry about that.

    --Moony
     
  15. Drake

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    Get yourself some Grant's Ant Bait traps at Wallymart. Had them in my attic put a bunch of these up there and wiped the little bastards out. Also after hurricanes Ivan and Dennis the ants were stirred up bad outside and the whole army tried to move into the house. Ortho Home Defense Max got them good.
     
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    You should best use your time to finding out how to communicate with them, and then find the queen and battle her for control. Then you will control your very own army of carpenter ants. Then you have to learn how to make them deadly and poisonous and how to attach guns to them to take over the world.
     
  17. Deceptikitty

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    Try reasoning with them. </PETA>
     
  18. Drake

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    Or you could just get a really big magnifying glass.
     
  19. Ops_was_a_truck

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    This. And, if you get bored, a pen laser + magnifying glass might work. Or an Archimedes Death ray could do the trick, if you can corrall the ants into one place.
     
  20. Golden Age

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    I agree that non-toxic solutions are probably the best bet for you and your family's health. For instance I just found out that peppermint oil sends mice running for the hills.
     

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