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Old 07-25-2017, 10:11 AM   #21
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We've been fighting ants coming into our home for 20 years. We can keep them at bay but they're hard to kill. We've tried many different traps, the best have been Terro brand ant traps. We tried the liquid, dripped onto small shiny pieces of cardboard. You have to go get them and throw them away. The wife switched to the Terro ant traps, which has the poison inside. The ants crawl in and die, throw the trap away.

I know the desired action is for them to carry it back to their nest, but that's never worked. In the spring I use a powdered chemical around the base of the house, about 10" wide. I try to get it just before the spring rains so it goes deep into the ground. That has worked, we got to mid-July this year before seeing too many of them. They seem to be confined to the back door area.

When we travel to Florida in the winter I use Raid ant spray on the stabilizers, front crank foot, wheels, anywhere it touches the ground. I do this about every 2-4 days, depending on the level of ants around.

I do have one more solution. This past winter we had them coming in the oven, up to the kitchen counter. One of the back burners on the stove didn't shut off completely and we smelled "garlic" for 2 days before we discovered it. I'm thankful we didn't suffocate or explode, but no more ants.
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Old 07-25-2017, 10:16 AM   #22
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While on a trip I found hundreds of tiny ants in the morning, usually around fruit or some stray food.
I traced them to a cardboard box in the storage bay. It had gotten wet and there were a million ants inside. I assume the queen too. Got rid of the box and the ants gave up.
Beware of parking on grass, ants climb the tires and get inside.
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Old 07-26-2017, 05:20 AM   #23
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Originally Posted by dznf0g View Post

BUT, the crazy ants seem to reject the baits. I have come to learn that they have a protein and a sweet cycle. !

ADVANCE bait will work.

Food type is the key. Colonies change and so do their target foods. Also some evolve to reject boric acid, the common poison in sweet baits.

So far in the airstream the sweet boric baits work. But in our house, they quit taking the sweet boric bait we used to put out every Spring for years. The ants got really bad, large and small.

I found a great website

The website has a specific research section on ants where I learned about protein vs starch. Based on comment section I bought granular ADVANCE Ant Bait,
then put out a few tablespoon size piles of the stuff on our deck. The scent stopped them in their tracks and they started carrying it off. By morning it had all disappeared and the ants never returned! A few months later there was ant activity near the garage and one teaspoon ended it.

This spring my cargo trailer became infested (no food ever in there). One teaspoon of the Advance bait ended it.

It Is not supposed to be toxic to dogs but they too find the scent irresistible, so place away from them.
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Old 09-19-2017, 10:58 AM   #24
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Thanks to an Airstream friend we found Terro liquid. Over ten years, we're on our second 1 oz bottle. Don't know if the ants had already run their course or the Terro did it, but we've never had an infestation endure a few days after we set the Terro drops on little cardboard squares in their path.

In some grassy camping areas we've put down Sevin dust but try not to. Those critters belong in the dirt there and other critters eat the poisoned critters, and on and on.

We vote for Terro for inside our trailer if we start seeing ants again.
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Old 09-19-2017, 11:57 AM   #25
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Update: Mine have been eradicated. Combination of borax in jelly and on smashed hot dog. Also, it is imperative that you deny any water source inside the AS.

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Old 09-19-2017, 12:04 PM   #26
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With dogs traveling with us, the "no water in the trailer" is a bit tough. The Terro packs do the trick very well .... We put them in strategic dog-inaccessable locations. Regardless if it being toxic, having them use them as toys makes a mess ....

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Old 09-19-2017, 03:37 PM   #27
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If I'm staying somewhere for a while i spray around the trailer with Triazicide, it works very well.

I've also used the Terro ant killer shaker bag. Works well also.

I also use ortho home defense inside the trailer, especially around the back of the fridge.
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