Getting rid of ants without hurting your pets

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UPDATE: It’s been three days since I tried this. I still haven’t seen any “trails” of ants. They seem fewer but we could be in between hatching cycles. I did add some of the mixture in a line from the outside of an ant hole in the walkway outside to the grass and that colony doesn’t seem to be active any longer. If anyone has a method that works inside – please share.

Origninal post

We have had a very rainy spring and summer. I have also had work done on the house, resulting in doors open, saw dust, etc. So which is responsible for the ants?

I don’t know and don’t care, just want to get them out.  I think the rain has a lot to do with it, as I have heard from others having the same problem.

My ants have wings, but they aren’t termites thankfully. I double checked with a photo of both on the internet. My ants have segmented bodies and are built differently. So that’s the good news.

After turning on the light in the front room last night, and finding at least 20 of these unwanted visitors.

I resorted to clicking onto Lowes to find out if there is a fogger I could use. There is but I would have to take the two dogs, cat and bird out of the house for up to four hours. Not convenient and not really the method I prefer to use.

When possible I go as natural as possible. Any method will require you to keep an eye on your pets.

After much research I have combined what I was comfortable with and come up with this method. Let me know what you think. I have just put out the traps and will have to wait a few days to see.

What you will need:

20 Mule Team Borax

Sugar

Cotton balls

Plastic containers with lids (if you have some of the thinner ones that lunch meat comes in perfect!)

knife and scissors

Preparation:Ants 4

Cut slits along the bottom of the plastic container. I used a knife and squared it off a bit with scissors. Put these close to the bottom and make the slits small. You don’t want dog or cat tongues trying to lick the sugar out.

Remember you want the ants to be able to get out to take the mixture back to the queen. If you find too many still in the container you are only killing those. You want the entire colony. It’s going to be difficult, but for the next day or so I need to not squish the ants so they can make their return to the colony with the “treats.”

The method I decided was a mixture of borax and sugar. I didn’t measure, about half and half. You want it watery but with some solid pieces.

Roll cotton balls into the mixture and place three or four in the plastic tub. Snap on lid.

Ants 3

Place in strategic places. You may have to move the baits around. Everything I read said follow the trail of ants but I haven’t seen a “trail of ants” and my house is pretty tightly sealed.

I put one outside under a bush to see if I can lure some before they come into the house.

Ants 1

I choose to use the containers with lids rather than just the lids themselves. This is for my pets sake. Of course as soon as I put the container in the front room, Kodi the corgi’s nose was right there, checking  it out.

This is an experiment for me. I am really hoping it works and will post updates.

Wish me luck!

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