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Rerouting Ants?
Posted by: graylocks
Date: May 15, 2018 01:16PM
there's a continuous line of small ants (not fire ants) caravanning a stoop in my carport where my son likes to sit and contemplate life. he finds them annoying and wants them destroyed. i've pointed out that they are thankfully outside and outnumber us by the billions. i've tried a simple spray on the steps but it merely detours them slightly.

any ideas on how i might reroute them to take a different path to wherever they are going in the back yard? using the other, people-less side of the house would be fine by me.



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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 05/15/2018 01:16PM by graylocks.
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Re: Rerouting Ants?
Posted by: mikebw
Date: May 15, 2018 01:20PM
Ants will always find the shortest most efficient path. Unfortunately your son will have to deal with that evolutionary feature, unless you can provide a more direct route for them.
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Re: Rerouting Ants?
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: May 15, 2018 01:25PM
Magnifying glass ?
Shoes ?
Seriously if he is responsible for slaughtering them personally, he may tire of the exercise and learn to live with them.
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Re: Rerouting Ants?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: May 15, 2018 01:37PM
....it is easier to reroute Uncles......a box of donuts.....


....they make that ant chaulk......which my parents used to use.....not sure how safe it is but you use it to draw around the stoop route and they ants will walk around it.......



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Re: Rerouting Ants?
Posted by: Kraniac
Date: May 15, 2018 01:40PM
Duh..put up signs.
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Re: Rerouting Ants?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: May 15, 2018 01:43PM
....never mind.....apparently that Chinese ant chalk is no longer legal in U.S. and toxic.....



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Re: Rerouting Ants?
Posted by: steve...
Date: May 15, 2018 01:51PM
I use Terro Liquid Ant Baits and would put one on their path where they are coming from.

It's takes a couple of days and is not permanent but they generally work well. From what I understand, they take the poison back to their nest




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Re: Rerouting Ants?
Posted by: btfc
Date: May 15, 2018 01:56PM
Check out Diatomaceous Earth.


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Re: Rerouting Ants?
Posted by: anonymouse1
Date: May 15, 2018 02:04PM
Terro with boric acid is good. OR just buy boric acid, mix it with whatever food they like (usually it's sweet or protein), and put that on the path. Google "boric acid ants"
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Re: Rerouting Ants?
Posted by: Acer
Date: May 15, 2018 02:11PM
Vinegar or lemon juice will disrupt the scent trails. You'll probably have to keep doing that for a while to break their habit. Worth a try if you want to avoid lethal solutions.
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Re: Rerouting Ants?
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: May 15, 2018 05:24PM
Boric acid (a powder) in a little honey works very well... like a Terro liquid, only a lot cheaper if you get the boric acid at the dollar store (labeled "and and roach killer") and have some honey around anyway.

They take it home, and feed it to their friends and family.



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Re: Rerouting Ants?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: May 15, 2018 05:28PM
....like a honey.....pot.....??



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Re: Rerouting Ants?
Posted by: Robert M
Date: May 15, 2018 05:38PM
Graylocks,

None of the solutions I've seen in the thread so far are permanent solutions. Temporary at best and I'm being kind. Want to get rid of the ants? You need to use the proper insecticidal sprays and baits.

[www.doyourownpestcontrol.com]

The above site is a great source of information as well as tools for dealing with pests.

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Re: Rerouting Ants?
Posted by: LyleH
Date: May 15, 2018 06:18PM
If you crush a couple between your fingers, and the resultant smell is similar to coconut, they are odorous ants. If so, that might help you in looking for a more permanent solution. LyleH
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Re: Rerouting Ants?
Posted by: Sarcany
Date: May 15, 2018 06:41PM
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Acer
Vinegar or lemon juice will disrupt the scent trails. You'll probably have to keep doing that for a while to break their habit. Worth a try if you want to avoid lethal solutions.

This.

I use a barrier of cheap natural citrus cleaner. It works amazingly well to get the ants heading away from my home. In the past, I've also had success with vinegar and lemon juice.



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Re: Rerouting Ants?
Posted by: freeradical
Date: May 15, 2018 08:15PM
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btfc
Check out Diatomaceous Earth.


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That's what I use. It works like a champ.
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Re: Rerouting Ants?
Posted by: Uncle Wig
Date: May 16, 2018 02:36AM
Perhaps there's a lesson here for your son that involves adapting to nature rather than destroying it. "Contemplates life" and "Wants them destroyed" seem like inconguous aims. Tell you son to sit somewhere else until the ants go away. Maybe "somewhere else" is a chair a couple of feet from his usual spot, where the ants aren't going. Then he can include the ants in his contemplation of life.

The ants are gonna go where they're gonna go. You can aggravate yourself by trying to poison them and reroute them. It will be an ongoing struggle.







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Re: Rerouting Ants?
Posted by: A-Polly
Date: May 16, 2018 08:30AM
When our anthills seem to be getting larger and more intrusive near the house, I've just sprinkled 20 Mule Team Borax on the hills; it seems to discourage them from that location for quite a while. I've not tried diatomaceous earth, but it sounds like good stuff.
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Re: Rerouting Ants?
Posted by: billb
Date: May 16, 2018 09:23AM
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When our anthills seem to be getting larger and more intrusive near the house, I've just sprinkled 20 Mule Team Borax on the hills; it seems to discourage them from that location for quite a while. I've not tried diatomaceous earth, but it sounds like good stuff.

I've used this, it is quite effective. I've had it kill lawn grass though.
I've used the Terro liquid on little ants. I've put drops out that dry up and they get a little bit. It takes a while this way.
Best luck I've had was accidentally; left the cap up on the bottle and about 500 found their way in and couldn't get back out. The effect was immediate. No more ants.



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Re: Rerouting Ants?
Posted by: Rolando
Date: May 16, 2018 11:31PM
I've found that sprinkling Cinnamon will divert ants.
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Re: Rerouting Ants?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: May 17, 2018 06:32AM
....well.....ant that a shame....



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Re: Rerouting Ants?
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: May 17, 2018 10:41AM

for the more technical-minded
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