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Old 09-15-2009, 01:34 PM   #15
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For ants at home I used the following recipe which works 100% of the time for our sweet loving ants :

2 cups Sugar
1 cup Water
2 TBS Boric Acid (Borax)

In my case I don't have any Boric Acid but used Timbor a commercial borate based termite control product that looks like powered sugar or corn starch. I mix the above items and warm in a pot over the fire to ensure the sugar is COMPLETELY dissolved. After cooking, let completely cool and store unused portion in a tightly lidded (and appropriately marked) container (if you leave it to evaporate too long, the sugar to water ratio changes and the ants wont touch it -- very important!) -- I keep ours in an old Gatorade bottle for future use. For application, just dab some with a cotton ball and place in the path of the ants. They will frequently increase in numbers (sometimes swarming) as they come to consume the liquid and take it back to the nest. 99.99% of the time the ants are completely gone within <24 hours -- COMPLETELY! This one treatment works for about 2-3 months typically before another round needs to be done. I just did it earlier this week in our kitchen! This one recipe will likely last you all year as it makes tons and the ants eat very little. I also put this outside in a small shallow bowl and put some on the outside of the bowl (and a little on the ground) to tempt their sweet tooth -- works every time for us.
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Old 10-24-2009, 12:45 PM   #16
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would putting down a mat of fiberglass insulation on the ground contact points deter ants?
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Old 10-24-2009, 09:18 PM   #17
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Anyone have a tip for cock-a-roaches? I entered Opehlia a couple nights ago and witnessed a HUGE mother )$#(@! on the living room floor. About a month ago I found one in the sink. After my second sighting though, I am seriously grossed-out. I have been considering putting off a bug-bomb. Any problem with that??? Laura
Bug bomb in closed space would be last ditch effort, I would only
do it if I was going to store unit for a long time and would have a lot of open time to air our before using. All items it comes in contact with would have to be washed.
30 yrs ago not to far from you, S. of Melborne, Long Point Park, we parked next to a palm tree, middle of night DW screamed something bit me, palmetto bug. went outside with flashlight and the palm tree was covered with them. Moved away from branches touching camper, bug sprayed wheel wells to eliminate.
We have used roach motels by decon, work even if they are palmettos
After I bought present AS I checked all opening on bottom and caulked, foamed, taped, opened vent covers to make sure screens in place. Now keep mothballs in net bag hanging under gas tank and near motor for mice and squirrels.
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Old 10-24-2009, 09:33 PM   #18
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We have used roach motels by decon, work even if they are palmettos.
That is because Palmetto Bug is just a nicer sounding name for cockroach.

From Wikipedia - "The American cockroach (Periplaneta americana), also known as the Palmetto Bug or Waterbug,"

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I know most of the posts here are dealing with how to keep ants out of your airstream, but I couldn't resist adding my 2 cents:
While camping this past weekend, we found sugar ants in our home. The only thing I had with me remotely close to bug spray was 409. When sprayed with this, they died immediately! As an added plus, we just wiped up the dead ants and cleaned in the same swipe!
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I know most of the posts here are dealing with how to keep ants out of your airstream, but I couldn't resist adding my 2 cents:
While camping this past weekend, we found sugar ants in our home. The only thing I had with me remotely close to bug spray was 409. When sprayed with this, they died immediately! As an added plus, we just wiped up the dead ants and cleaned in the same swipe!
However, while this does work, it does not keep more ants from coming in the same place where the dead ones were going (I used to use window cleaner for this purpose but others would just follow the same path after the dead ones were wiped up -- ugg!).. This is why I use a bait solution that they take back to the nest to kill the nest or at least seriously hurt it for some period of time -- sure the results aren't immediate but they're 99.9% of the time gone in <24 hours and will stay gone usually for months -- at least for me (YMMV!). I recently used it to get rid of some ants in a rental house garage that had a trail of ants for >10 years.. In two applications the ants were completely gone..
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Anyone have a tip for cock-a-roaches? I entered Opehlia a couple nights ago and witnessed a HUGE mother )$#(@! on the living room floor. About a month ago I found one in the sink. After my second sighting though, I am seriously grossed-out. I have been considering putting off a bug-bomb. Any problem with that??? Laura
...You are Florida -where roaches are thriving well. Try some Gorilla Duct Tape...pull off about seven inches and make an inverted circle with it (sticky side facing out) and put them whereit's dark and warm on the wall and above the fridge inside on the ceiling of storage...they will get stuck and oddly enough it seems they know how to yell for help cause others will come to see whats going on. Pretty soon there will be a group sitting there. Ha!
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Hornets;

Most of us have problems with Hornets or Mud Dabbers getting into the furnace or HW heater. Prevention is to us dog flea collars. On the furnace I put a short length in the exhaust and intake vents during the summer, for the WH I put some behind the access door.

Ants;

Spread some Damascus Earth around the tires it is a fine grain sand that ants will not cross. Also put some where the power cord touches the ground.
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I won't kill spiders either, sometimes we have an occasional jumping spider (the kind that look like army tanks) will come in and you can watch them hunting and scoping ...As far as roaches, we like to take four inch pieces of Gorilla duct tape and invert it into a sticky circle and just attach them into your dark storage areas. One or two will get stuck fast and will start yelling for help---then a whole bunch more will come running to see whats going on and then they will be stuck, next thing you know - you will go to check on them and there will be a pack sitting there stuck and looking perplexed ha!
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