Please help w/ ant problem!!!

party_music50May 26, 2011

Hi. If there's a better place to post this question, please let me know!

My friend has a ranch house on a concrete slab that was probably built in the 40s. For a few years there have been *tiny* MEAT-eating ants coming out from under the interior kitchen wall (they are trying to get to the cat food). Last week something changed though... they are apparently removing the concrete slab one grain at a time! the grains keep piling up from under and around the baseboard trim and the piles mount quickly. WHAT are they doing? and HOW can he get rid of them??? because they aren't sweet-eating ants, the normal traps don't work and neither does some liquid stuff he bought. They won't take/eat that stuff as bait. We need to be extra careful because the cats too.

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It sounds more like termites than ants. Termites will dig thru concrete to get to wood. I know that from first had experience.
I'd suggest calling in a professional exterminator. There are times when it really is needed.

    Bookmark   May 26, 2011 at 4:32PM
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They definitely aren't termites. They're just tiny ants that like catfood. lol!

    Bookmark   May 26, 2011 at 7:36PM
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Have you tried Antbloch?

You can get it at HD or Lowes. I used it every year, sometimes a couple times a season.

Sprinkle it around the foundation of the house and in a few days they will all be gone.

    Bookmark   May 28, 2011 at 1:06PM
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Fori is not pleased

Check with your county ag extension service. There are enough species of ants doing different things that you need some local advice.

Here is a link that might be useful: NY extension

    Bookmark   May 28, 2011 at 3:42PM
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My all purpose fix is borax mixed with sugar and flour....but it they are eating cat food....mix borax with some cat food...BUT...MAKE SURE to keep that away from the cats. Borax is not as toxic as other ant poisons but it's sure not good for kitties.
Actually they are grease eating ants.....tiny teeny red ants?
The old trick of borax and peanut butter or bacon grease may work better. Boron is toxic to ants, they take the yummy stuff you mix back to the nest to feed the queen and the babes and it wipes them out.....theoretically!
Linda C

    Bookmark   May 28, 2011 at 10:29PM
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Since your friend really doesn't know what they are dealing with, calling an exterminator seems the smartest thing to do.

We recently had an ant situation starting, also going after our cats food. Very small ants, almost couldn't see them. One treatment from the exterminator and they have disappeared from the house at least, although I still see them around the back steps (they were coming in through our patio door). If I remember correctly, they will be back for another go-round at some point.

I'd rather spend a bit of money to make sure they are completely eradicated safely. They worked from outside the home, not inside where the cats bowl is, and where obviously the nest of the ants are.

    Bookmark   May 30, 2011 at 11:12AM
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Thank you all for the replies!

He found a liquid borax ant killer (it was the next least-toxic option to try), baited some catfood with it, and it seems to have done its job! yeah! He just wanted the safest thing to use around the cats.

I'll try to remember that PB or bacon grease trick, and Antbloch for future reference. I never thought to check with the county ag dept -- they're a great source of info!

Thanks everyone!

    Bookmark   June 2, 2011 at 2:30PM
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