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Getting Rid of Red Ants

Can anyone please tell me how to get rid of tiny red ants in the house?

By Ethel Gerberick


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August 7, 20110 found this helpful
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It depends on the ant species, or what the colony is feeding on.

Place a smear of peanut butter and another of jelly near the activity to see what they may go for.

If it is the Jelly (sugar) place out Terro brand baits for them to feed on. If they go for the peanut butter go with Combat brand.

Once they start feeding you should see a difference withing a week and hopefully all are gone after two.

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August 9, 20111 found this helpful
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Combine 90% Karo syrup and 10% 20 Mule Team Borax in a squeeze bottle, warmed just a tad so Borax dissolves.

Squeeze the mixture into cracks and areas where pets cannot lick or ingest. Ants will eat and carry back to nest. The nest including the queen is killed.

Queens live up to 20 years and produce many more queens. It's important the entire colony is killed instead of just repelled with products that only repel the workers.

The sticky is gone once the workers ate it. It's the same principle as Terro only simplified and inexpensive. Terro has only 4% Borax.

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June 12, 2010

I have a raised herb bed and have got red ants invading it. I have tried numerous ant powders, etc. with no chance of being rid of them.

Please help x.

By carolyn from Bedfordshire, UK

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June 13, 20100 found this helpful
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I've heard pouring boiling water right into the mound works. I read here some use corn meal sprinkled near the top of the mound. Hope this helps.

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June 13, 20100 found this helpful
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I read in an ad for a gardening mag. that you can put cucumber peelings on an ant hill and they'd either leave or die. Don't remember which.

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June 13, 20100 found this helpful
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Red ants are the only the enemy of termites. I do not run them off. But if were over run with them I would use Sevin. Sevin will them all. Sevin should be used for Jap beetles. Do not use beetle traps.
Also the cleaner 409 is good to use to ants on the patio and decks. 409 is cheap.

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November 10, 2020

I live on the second floor in an apartment and I have red ants in my orchids. The orchids are intertwined into a 6 foot standing tree. I pulled as many orchids out as I can the ones that are rooted to the tree are still there.

The ants just moved from one plant to the other. I've used the seven spray both the granules and the spray and still I have them. Any ideas?

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November 11, 20200 found this helpful
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OK, I am trying to understand this one. You live on the 2nd floor of an apartment building. You have planted orchids on your balcony I presume. Now that they have grown up they are latching onto the tree that you can see from your balcony. So now you have removed as many of them as you can and have planted them into pots again. However, you still have issues with red ants being in your orchids.

Ants normally are not attracted to orchids and when they are this isn't a good sign at all. This means that something else is attacking your orchids which is bringing in the ants to eat the sugary sap that they are leaving behind. More than likely you have aphids that need to be treated. Once they are treated the ants will no longer come to eat the sap that is left behind.

You will need to buy some Insecticidal Soap and start spraying the orchids with this to get rid of the aphids. Once this is done and you still have ants there are several solutions to try and bate these ants to leave your orchid pots so you can trap them and kill them. You can use ant traps to do this or even tape that lures flies away.

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