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Some options to consider: ant poison (Terro a being a popular choice) fill in the crack (concrete crack filler) get a pet anteater (not sure how easy they are to house train) Once the ants are gone, you can then get perimeter ant poison for your big-box DIY retailer. It's a granule that you can spread around the perimeter of your house to help prevent ...


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There is no such thing as a white ants. Termites are white, however. Termites require two things: wood and water in the same location. If you have termites, you need to eliminate any contact between wood and moisture in the house. Note that wood in contact with the ground is automatically considered "moist".


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Ants, and particularly carpenter ants, in wooded areas with plentiful food will be ubiquitous. If your property is sufficiently wooded it's likely that there are multiple colonies. Carpenter ants are crafty, too. They are also hardier against poisons and pickier with baiting than other ants. When we had a problem with them I asked a few entomologists I know ...


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Ants are constantly seeking food and water to maintain the colony. When an ant locates either in your house it lays down a scent trail with pheromes that the rest of the worker ants use as a freeway into your home. The ideal way to ensure they never invade your home again is to wipe out the Queen and the worker ants. This is accomplished by tracing the ant ...


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boric acid (aka orthoboric acid, borax) works VERY well for under $5. Look for a tall white squeezable bottle at Home Repot or the like. Then lookup a recipe online with grease or sugar/jam for proper mixing ratios. Taking the bait back to the nest to destroy the babies is exactly what the boric acid does when used correctly. I wouldn't be surprised if that'...


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Ants need two things, food and water. Often their normal source of water may dry up due to weather and they will seek out new sources of it. It sounds like your bathroom has met their requirements and they are invading. While you can try some remedies available to consumers you may want to bring in a professional exterminator. They will track down where ...


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I have always had good luck with boric acid powder, it's hard to beat. It's very inexpensive, sold under various names, sometimes as a roach killer, but it kills most bugs. It's another thing that kills the whole colony if it's tracked back to the nest. It's odor free. It lasts a long time where you sprinkle it. You can apply the powder on the ground ...


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A pesticide would not be sold for home use if it were harmful to children in trace amounts. They are generally safe if used correctly. Take for example Maxforce FC Ant Killer Bait Gel, the bait that I often use to control ants. It uses Fipronil at a concentration of 0.001%. When I first started using this bait, I was a little freaked out, because I had to ...


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Same as a few others mentioned, Google says no such thing as white ants, but does come back with a bit of useful info anyway. From http://www.termitesgonewild.com/termite-identification/white-ants/ possibly a way to identify them (pictures there too): Although there is a tremendous number of subspecies of ants, ants are easily distinguished from ...


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My own (not) special blend of herbs and spices. Specifically, 1.5 cups warm-to-hot water (warm water mixes better) .5 cups sugar 1.5 tablespoons 20 Mule Team Borax Mix vigorusly. The method of delivery I used was soaking a cotton ball in the mixture and placing the cotton ball on juice bottle top or something similar, and placing this in (a) strategic ...


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That is termite damage. I had one termite attack where they combined with ants ; I did not immediately get rid of the ants because I understood they would not coexist with termites. That is pretty extensive damage, I would replace all wood with damage. Apparently a repair was made by squirting in expanding urethane foam ( such as "Great Stuff"). ...


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With the carpenter ants you may need professional help. I have had to do some extensive repair work in the Pacific Northwest for carpenter ant damage I would be examining the area you have identified as an entry and several stud bays on either side. You may be lucky and they may not have harmed the structure , and siding / Trim. In 1 case I had to replace ...


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bifenthrin you'll need a <=1 gal sprayer and mix rate up to ~1 ounce per gallon. spray the entire place, let it dry. another one is permethrin, in Martin's Cyonara. both can be gotten at tractor supply, or amazon, sometimes at depot/lowes.


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Caulk is a great way to seal up the holes in your homes to prevent future infestations. But it is often recommended to handle the current infestation first before sealing the opening.


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Since you see the ants by an interior wall, it is likely the ants were in your house all along and are just being seen now. If you can see them, you can treat them. Some baits (aka poisons, like Terro liquid) take 3-4 weeks to work because the ants take the bait back to the nest a very little bit at a time. If the bait was stronger, it would kill the ...


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You are just chasing your tail. As long as there is exposed wood and a convenient source of water, you will have carpenter ants. The solution is to improve your roofing and gutters to keep the house dry.


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You can powder a 3-6 inch border around the outlet box on the ceiling with diatomaceous earth (I'd use food grade since this is in the kitchen) to control the ants. Then I'd use a fire-rated putty to seal the outlet box. When I lived in an apartment, there was a large colony of ants living by the pool and they would come out of little cracks in the walls. ...


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If you repel them, they'll just take another route. Killing them is how to solve the problem. One of the most effective ant killers is TERRO, which is made from Borax (the active ingredient), and sugar. You can make the same kind of mixture yourself, they're both household ingredients (and natural). There are plenty of posts online describing the precise ...


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I've had great luck mixing sugar, borax, and water. The ants eat it and die. In 24 hours, no more ants.


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For ants I use cinnamon. It works well.


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Bayer make a terrific product called Top Choice. It is a one time application for year long Fire Ant control. It is a restricted use product so you licensed pest control professional will have to apply it if it is allowed on the label for your area. Spread rate is 84 lbs. per acre and may run around $300.00 an acre. Rate is 2 lbs. per 1,000 sq. ft. Re-Entry ...


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As keshlam mentioned, always start with pressure treated lumber. Beyond that keep it sealed/stained every year, it doesn't sound like you will have much wood left once you replace with the composite so it should be pretty easy. This helps prevent rot and splitting and can keep insects away. It will also help prevent things growing in and on the wood.


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Pressure-treated lumber, or one of the tropical hardwoods which develops its own insecticides, should be proof against both termites and carpenter ants for many years. Outside of that, catch and fix rot early, since carpenter ants are most likely to move into wood that has already suffered some damage.


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I second what treeNinja has proposed about the dawn and vinegar. I also would like to add that cinnamon does a great job as well (is dry, can be easily remediated once the ants are gone). Having two cats myself, I can say that cinnamon will not likely be an issue for your furry friends. I have one that is indifferent to the use of cinnamon and one that ...


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Dawn and vinegar. They will not cross over a line of dawn. I witnessed this two days ago as I am battling a group that wants to live and eat my house. As they approached from the woods, the dawn was the only barrier they refused to cross. I bought a anti-ant powder and watched them cross without care. I cleaned my floor with vinegar and the ones ...


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The best treatment is to remove the things that attract the ants. If that is your cat's food dish I suspect that eventually, no matter how many cracks you seal up, that the ants will figure out how to come around the end of the slab and over to what they find attractive as a food source. So maybe you want to start a regimen with your cat. Put down its food ...


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I would think you would go to an auto parts store and get a filler like Bondo . Bondo has a pretty high heat rating and is not flammable in your conditions. You will sand the areas, use mesh for bigger holes and apply. You can't put this stuff on paint - it won't stick well. And I would make sure the bonding area is rust free too. This should be about a ...


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Carpenter Ants, as well as other ants, can be an going problem using the wrong treatment strategies. Most can be eliminated with Terro Ant Killer for $5.00 from your local hardware store but it takes persistence. Fire Ants can not be treated with Terro because they are not sweet eaters most of the time. Fortunately, Termidor SC came along to rid us of ...


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