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Large Ant population in yard - problematic? [closed]

I have a significant portion of my back yard (1 acre) that is VERY sandy soil. In that area, there are a lot of ants, and between the beginning of summer and the end of summer, they make so many ant ...
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Getting rid of ants in exterior wall

While doing maintenance on an exterior wall near an inside corner, I pulled off rotted cedar shingles and the backing underneath to find scurrying black ants. They were small, not like I imagine ...
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Dealing with ants coming in from walls

We just moved to California, and specifically one of the many areas that has a major problem with Argentine Ants. The house we're renting is relatively new (1980s construction), but it seems like it ...
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Techniques for mitigating pavement ants during gut reno in bathroom on slab foundation?

planning a bathroom renovation in a 1950s ranch on slab. Ants appear in several areas where walls meet the floors. Is there a specific practice for sealing the passageways, that expands/contracts with ...
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white termites - 2 orange oil treatments, building won't fumigate

I live in a condo in LA (3rd floor) and am seemingly the only resident with termite problems. Last summer (2020), I had 3 separate areas infested with winged drywood termites - the ones with a reddish ...
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How do I get rid of a Crazy Ant Infestation in my yard?

For the past two months, I've noticed stark increases in ants along my driveway. As of yesterday, it's gotten bad to the point where I can't travel outside my home without having a few crawl up my leg....
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How to tackle this carpenter ant ingress point?

Since moving into a new house about 6 weeks ago, we've occasionally seen small black ants indoors. We see about 5 a week on average. They don't seem to be doing anything specific indoors, i.e. they're ...
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Are these holes in my garage's wall indicative of flushing out carpenter ants?

I just bought a home and discovered a substantial amount of wood rot in the garage. I had to tear away a lot of drywall to see it, and when I did, I found obvious evidence of carpenter ants. However, ...
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Ants everywhere in the bathroom

I don't know if this question belongs here but I can't find anywhere else to put it. In recent weeks, ants have decided to move into my bathroom. At first, there were a couple in the shower stall ...
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Help with carpenter ants

I have noticed an increasing number of carpenter ants wandering in our house and a few days ago there were many winged-ants ( very large, presumably queens or reproductive variety ) on our property ...
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Ant infestation: do I need to replace siding/wall

Since buying my house a few years ago, I've been fighting a losing battle with ant infestations in my outer wall. It has recently reached a head, since we found a nest inside of an electrical outlet ...
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Indoor ant control: Caulk up baseboard and counter/wall junction?

Background I rent a 1-bedroom apartment on the 9th floor of a highrise. I've been trying to solve an ant problem over the past two months, including three bouts of commercial bait that is suppose to ...
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Ant proofing a wall

For some reason yellow meadow ants have developed a fascination with a certain interior wall in our house. The usual gels, powders and sprays are having little effect. They do slow down for a while ...
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Carpenter Ants - Bait vs Spray

Last year I had an infestation of carpenter ants, so I contacted a pest control company and paid for a year's worth of service. Now, exactly a week after the contract expired, I'm seeing them come ...
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How to get rid of ants on ceiling?

I tried Borax with sugar as bait but these ants are not taking it. They wonder aimlessly on ceiling, they come from an electrical junction box in kitchen. There is no visible path it's just circling ...
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How can I kill black ants?

I have been finding black ants in random rooms in my house. On walls and/or floors. I called exterminators and they want >$350, which I can't afford right now. They claim they are going to lay bait ...
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Natural ant/insect repellent [closed]

Please suggest some natural ant/insect repellent that I can use to get rid of the ants/ticks/insects. I started using clorox but I would prefer something natural. Thank you so much
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How harmful are trace amounts of the product inside large-ant capsules for miniature humans?

I guess with the gardening season in full bloom, and during the little time we keep windows and doors open to get a bit of natural air inside, it's also ant season. These come in two varieties, small ...
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Is this Termite or Carpenter Ant Damage?

I'm renovating a bathroom in my home in Maryland. I found this insect activity when I removed the drywall. Was it made by termites or carpenter ants, or hopefully, some benign insect? It doesn't look ...
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How To Get Rid Of Acrobat Ants [duplicate]

Recently my house has been invaded by acrobat ants. They are everywhere. On our tables, in our plates, in our glasses. They tend to be menace and have caused us a lot of trouble.
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What are the small white ants in my apartment and how do I get rid of them?

I have an ant problem in my apartment. I have had several pest control professionals visit and spray but the ants keep reappearing. They could not identify the type of ants as they are very small ...
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How to protect wood against carpenter ants?

I have a small two-step 2 deck that comes off my sunroom, and due to the location, the deck never gets any sunlight so it's almost perpetually damp/wet during rainy spring and summer, making it the ...
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Is there anything that common house ants won't burrow through?

I have an ant problem and have gone on a never-ending quest to seal off all their points of entry. Believe it or not, I have been surprisingly successful due to how they lead me right back to their ...
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Can I use epoxy putty to patch metal?

The outer "frame" of my fireplace is comprised of a thin, sheet-metal-like material that is separating at the seams in some places. Ants are finding their way up from beneath the fireplace and making ...
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How can I handle carpenter ants?

Last year, my wife and I purchased a house just south of Houston (Stafford, TX exactly). A couple of months into occupancy, we discovered that we had a problem with some Camponotus vicinus (Brown ...
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What's the best way to get rid of ants inside my home?

I have ants occasionally in the summer come through the cracks in my garage floor. What is the best way to eliminate them?
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What is the best way to stop tiny ants from entering my home? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I prevent insects from entering my house? How can I find their entry point? I've got tiny ants coming in from the window above the sink in the kitchen. We are taking ...
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Are ultrasonic ant repellents effective?

I'm considering an ultrasonic ant repellent for the kitchen (where I'd rather not use a chemical pesticide). Do these things work?
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How can I safely get rid of fire ant mounds in my backyard?

I've got around 8-10 fire ant mounds in my backyard, and a puppy that has recently discovered a love for digging in them. We haven't let her out in the backyard unsupervised for the past week since ...
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What should I do about a gap between hardwood and drywall?

First-time home-owner - house less than 1 year old. We had our home built last December, and have been discovering all sorts of problems with it. The latest was a trail of ants within our kitchen ...
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How can I get rid of ants in an environmently friendly way?

Is it enough to pour boiling water in their mount?
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