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General Chat Thread, Pesky red ants in General; We got some little dome shaped things containing a liquid...ants had some, went away, never came back. The rice thing, ...
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    We got some little dome shaped things containing a liquid...ants had some, went away, never came back.

    The rice thing, yep..heard that. I quite enjoy using the flame tip on my soldering iron, as it goes..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butters View Post
    Befriend the red ants and ask them to kindly move their mounds?
    you know how you can really go off some people...........






    these are what i'm looking at:


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    i love the idea of turning the ants nest into a vinegar volcano

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    This might seem like a strange question but I will ask it anyway: Do you have access rhubarb plants [specifically their leaves]

    My parents are plagued with ants [black not red] every year. This year we made a 'soup' out of the discarded leaves [rip the leaves up and drop into a bucket of water for a day or two: Apply the 'soup to the affected area]

    There is no longer an ant problem.

    A word to the wise: You will have to be very careful with this stuff and it has a strong smell.

    The approach from this website is somewhat different:

    Link: Organic Garden Pest Control

    ...Aphids: Rhubarb leaves are semi-poisonous to us, and a tea brewed from rhubarb leaves poisons smaller critters, such as aphids, mites, white fly, caterpillars etc. Pour boiling water over crushed rhubarb leaves then leave to soak for several days. Strain, add a good squirt of detergent and dilute enough so that it looks like weak tea and spray over pest infested plants. Repeat every 10 days or so......
    Also wash hands thoruoghly and DON'T let you pets [Cats/Dogs etc] drink it!

    As with all things poisonous: Handle with care.

    HTH.
    Last edited by DaveP; 13th June 2011 at 01:46 PM. Reason: Correct spelling mistake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    You want to use something like semolina/polenta. They take it back to the queen to eat, and she will eat it, it'll expand and she'll explode.
    I think that's how the Nipon liquid stuff works. I've used it successfully in the past albeit not with red ant but the normal black/brown type.

    HBJB

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    I had some success with a jar of cheapo artificial sweetener. Make sure it contains Aspartame.

    It was originally created as an Ant Killer I believe, yet somehow ended up in your cans of Cola, sticks of chewing gum.....


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    Something found out about black ants (not sure of red ants) is that they hate talc powder. We had issue with ants and as got cat did not want to put ant powder down. Put talc at doors an around (cats food bowl) after day all clear..

    Russ

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    A nearly empty jar/tin of syrup/honey/jam ...

    ... Just leave it outside, the little critters go in, get stuck, their friends come to help, and so it goes on.

    Then, boiling water, or just put the lid on.

    Won't eradicate them all, but will certainly reduce numbers.

    Have tried this several times over the years, and it's always done the job for me.

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    just let them be. What harm are they doing?

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    Not to derail the thread or anything...but has anyone else noticed how we use the word 'pesky' in written communications but it is never said in normal conversation?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RabbieBurns View Post
    just let them be. What harm are they doing?
    red ants bite/sting. if it were black ants i wouldn't worry as much, but red ants really do leave a nasty mark. so if you are in the garden then you are forever watching your feet.

    we've used some ant!stop granules which seem to have really cut them down, noticed the largest mound yesterday had them bringing their dead to the surface. few nights ago i noticed them bringing their eggs to the surface too, so it must have been affecting them.


    @witch i agree, the same goes for "darn", "flabbergaster" and in most places "thank you"

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    Harden up. Ive got snakes and spiders to look out for, ants are nothing :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by witch View Post
    Not to derail the thread or anything...but has anyone else noticed how we use the word 'pesky' in written communications but it is never said in normal conversation?
    Quote Originally Posted by MK-2 View Post
    i agree, the same goes for "darn", "flabbergaster" and in most places "thank you"

    Should we ever meet at BETT, or anywhere else, I'll use these words just for you guys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by X-13 View Post
    Should we ever meet at BETT, or anywhere else, I'll use these words just for you guys.
    agreed, but only if its only those words


    Darn pesky flabbergaster. Thank you (and then leave)

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    Quote Originally Posted by MK-2 View Post
    agreed, but only if its only those words


    Darn pesky flabbergaster. Thank you (and then leave)

    I accept your terms, on the condition that in the time between saying "flabbergaster" and "thank you," I get handed Chocolate Hob-Nobs and/or alcohol.

    Also, you're only allowed to communicate through pirate speak... Or interpretive dance.

    Entirely your choice.



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