Ants In The Kitchen

Ants In The Kitchen

It seems that most of this info is directed at native ants that like sugar. In the last couple of decades, our area has been invaded by non-native fireants. And they are aweful! We’ve had them set up house in the walls/ceilings in our house where we had to tear off the outside walls to kill the nest. It was huge. The ants were swarming inside of our house. We constantly battle them in the house and the yard. They eat your garden. They make a condo of my pots with plants in them. My one little flower bed has a huge nest in one end despite our removing all of the soil in there twice and leaving everything out to freeze in the winter. They are down in the ground and just come back once you put the soil back in and it warms up. They even eat okra! When they bite you, it blisters and takes weeks to heal and can leave a scar. I have a Rainbow vacuum that has water in the base and this is great for sucking up the ants. They drown. I keep a spray bottle with a strong solution of coconut oil soap. When I spray the ants on the counters, etc., a lot of them drown right away. Those that don’t are slowed down enough that I can take a long kitchen knife and mash them. Then I just wipe them up and the counter is clean, too! We try to not have food out that they can get into. The grandkids have grown up hearing, Don’t drop food on the floor to food the ants! They’ve all been bitten enough to know what we mean when we says ANTS so they heed the warning about dropping the food. I’ve had many times where we’ve had dinner stuff set out on the stove/counter – not an ant in sight. Go sit down and eat – come back for seconds and the food is already mobbed with ants! They like electricity for some reason and are drawn to that. They can ruin electrical stuff – we’ve had friends with commercial poultry houses and family dairies have electrical things ruined by these ants. They get down inside of your water wells. They kill off all of the native ants. They are killing our ground nesting birds – they wait until the chicks start to hatch and as soon as the eggshell has an opening, they mob the inside and kill the chick. Quail, turkey, killdeer, etc. are losing numbers. We’ve seen hayfields just FULL of these ants so bad that when you are picking up the bales by hand, the ants are biting you all over the place. This is one of the ways that these ants got spread around so quick – and it’s how they came to our place. We don’t put chemicals on our place at all so we are constantly looking for ways to deal with this plague. They don’t care for sugary stuff/bait – except for real raw honey. They love flesh – blood, fat, meat. They love butter, peanut butter, olive oil (they don’t seem too interested in bad oils like canola, though), etc. I have used what I call a bait plate to suck up a bunch. I smear a thin layer of real butter on a dinner plate and set it on the floor or a place I know they are trucking around on. Usually it doesn’t take very long and you have a plate full of ants feeding on that butter. The butter is sticky enough that I only get the ants, not the butter, when I suck them up with my Rainbow. By the time I do that the first time, they’ve laid down a trail for others and they just keep coming. Wait a little bit and suck up the plate again. You can do this over and over until the ants have cleaned up all of the butter (they eat it), then smear a little on it again. For outside hills, I’ve taken a poker from the stove and stuck it down in the hole and opened it up, then poured boiling water with soap down in there. This does a number on them but eventually they will come back. I don’t like doing this because it also kills any good beneficial bacteria, etc. in the soil. I’ve seen traps for sale that you set close to a nest and the wind vibrates the trap and irritates the ants so they mob the trap. They fall down inside and then can’t get back out. We’ve had to take potted plants and set them inside of a larger container of water. The pot soaks up the water and just stays soaked. The ants in the pot have no where to go. If they leave the pot, they are in the water. I have a pot that doesn’t have a hole in the bottom for soaking up water – the water comes in from a line so I can’t do that with this pot. So we built a frame to hold some plastic sheeting, filled it up with SOAPY water and set the other pot inside. I’ve thought about putting sticky tape around the flower pots (sticky on both sides) so the ants would get stuck in it if they try to cross the tape to get inside of the pot but a friend told me they saw fireants use each other to make a bridge. The first ants sacrifice themselves on the tape, then the rest just walk over the top of the stuck ants like a bridge. In a flood, they will survive by making a ball of ants. They float on the water and the ball moves so ants get air as the ball rotates in the water. So that’s why we use soap and we buy expensive coconut oil soap that has no chemicals, etc. in it. I also use it for dishes, etc. So if you are dealing with regular native ants that will come to a sugar bait, be glad that’s the ants you have!
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Ants In The Kitchen

Anita October 22, 2014 at 12:42 pm It seems that most of this info is directed at native ants that like sugar. In the last couple of decades, our area has been invaded by non-native fireants. And they are aweful! We’ve had them set up house in the walls/ceilings in our house where we had to tear off the outside walls to kill the nest. It was huge. The ants were swarming inside of our house. We constantly battle them in the house and the yard. They eat your garden. They make a condo of my pots with plants in them. My one little flower bed has a huge nest in one end despite our removing all of the soil in there twice and leaving everything out to freeze in the winter. They are down in the ground and just come back once you put the soil back in and it warms up. They even eat okra! When they bite you, it blisters and takes weeks to heal and can leave a scar. I have a Rainbow vacuum that has water in the base and this is great for sucking up the ants. They drown. I keep a spray bottle with a strong solution of coconut oil soap. When I spray the ants on the counters, etc., a lot of them drown right away. Those that don’t are slowed down enough that I can take a long kitchen knife and mash them. Then I just wipe them up and the counter is clean, too! We try to not have food out that they can get into. The grandkids have grown up hearing, Don’t drop food on the floor to food the ants! They’ve all been bitten enough to know what we mean when we says ANTS so they heed the warning about dropping the food. I’ve had many times where we’ve had dinner stuff set out on the stove/counter – not an ant in sight. Go sit down and eat – come back for seconds and the food is already mobbed with ants! They like electricity for some reason and are drawn to that. They can ruin electrical stuff – we’ve had friends with commercial poultry houses and family dairies have electrical things ruined by these ants. They get down inside of your water wells. They kill off all of the native ants. They are killing our ground nesting birds – they wait until the chicks start to hatch and as soon as the eggshell has an opening, they mob the inside and kill the chick. Quail, turkey, killdeer, etc. are losing numbers. We’ve seen hayfields just FULL of these ants so bad that when you are picking up the bales by hand, the ants are biting you all over the place. This is one of the ways that these ants got spread around so quick – and it’s how they came to our place. We don’t put chemicals on our place at all so we are constantly looking for ways to deal with this plague. They don’t care for sugary stuff/bait – except for real raw honey. They love flesh – blood, fat, meat. They love butter, peanut butter, olive oil (they don’t seem too interested in bad oils like canola, though), etc. I have used what I call a bait plate to suck up a bunch. I smear a thin layer of real butter on a dinner plate and set it on the floor or a place I know they are trucking around on. Usually it doesn’t take very long and you have a plate full of ants feeding on that butter. The butter is sticky enough that I only get the ants, not the butter, when I suck them up with my Rainbow. By the time I do that the first time, they’ve laid down a trail for others and they just keep coming. Wait a little bit and suck up the plate again. You can do this over and over until the ants have cleaned up all of the butter (they eat it), then smear a little on it again. For outside hills, I’ve taken a poker from the stove and stuck it down in the hole and opened it up, then poured boiling water with soap down in there. This does a number on them but eventually they will come back. I don’t like doing this because it also kills any good beneficial bacteria, etc. in the soil. I’ve seen traps for sale that you set close to a nest and the wind vibrates the trap and irritates the ants so they mob the trap. They fall down inside and then can’t get back out. We’ve had to take potted plants and set them inside of a larger container of water. The pot soaks up the water and just stays soaked. The ants in the pot have no where to go. If they leave the pot, they are in the water. I have a pot that doesn’t have a hole in the bottom for soaking up water – the water comes in from a line so I can’t do that with this pot. So we built a frame to hold some plastic sheeting, filled it up with SOAPY water and set the other pot inside. I’ve thought about putting sticky tape around the flower pots (sticky on both sides) so the ants would get stuck in it if they try to cross the tape to get inside of the pot but a friend told me they saw fireants use each other to make a bridge. The first ants sacrifice themselves on the tape, then the rest just walk over the top of the stuck ants like a bridge. In a flood, they will survive by making a ball of ants. They float on the water and the ball moves so ants get air as the ball rotates in the water. So that’s why we use soap and we buy expensive coconut oil soap that has no chemicals, etc. in it. I also use it for dishes, etc. So if you are dealing with regular native ants that will come to a sugar bait, be glad that’s the ants you have! Reply

Ants In The Kitchen

Ants In The Kitchen
Ants In The Kitchen
Ants In The Kitchen
Ants In The Kitchen
Ants In The Kitchen