March 19th, 2008, 03:39 PM
okay so i know its silly but since i was 8 and got bit by one ive been terified of ants ... their creepy crwly bite dont die and they come in HUGE numbers ... and thier in my house !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! unfortunately i live on "a giant town sized ant hill " as my landlord puts it ... okay sure keep the house clen squish the ones u see and guy a guy when u get sppoked lol ... in the summer .. but theres snow on the ground !!! and alot of it .... so why are they still coming in my house??? :frustrated: it wouldnt be as bad of a problem if i could put traps out .. ( wich i do have in the kitchen .. in the crack between the stove and the counter and under the fridge ,.. safetly out of kittys reach .. ) but they are coming in through the cupbord in my bathroom!! and there isnt anywhere i can put traps there cuz my kittys can open the cupboard doors ( they seem to think jumping out and scareing me or stealing the toilett paper is halarious .. and i have to admit it is ,,:rolleyes:) but anyway ill stop rambleing and get to my problem ... i need to get rid of these little invaders without putting my cats at risk .... but i dont know how ... someone PLEASE HELP ME!!!!! your replies would be wonderfull ASAP .... im willing to do ANYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! thanx a ton u guys ,.
March 19th, 2008, 03:48 PM
Are they big black ants, or little red ones? If black, how long are they?
March 19th, 2008, 03:59 PM
umm they arent really big at all in the summer they are a bit bigger but not much .. i honestly dont know the color lol when i see one i screm ant and run to the nearest high ground and stay there till my fiancee kills them lol :o .. i think they may be redish tho ... hope that helps ..
March 19th, 2008, 04:10 PM
ive used most of these with success!! i found cinnamon works really well to repel them bbut be prepared to get A LOT!!!
borax is toxic in large quantities to cats and dogs (large being more than a tablespoon for a 2yo kid, it turns their poop blue.... thought abotu trying it myself but im not the type to go LOOKING for trouble.... not really!! i swear!!)
"Diatomaceous Earth" which is derived from the COOLEST CREATURES ON THE PLANET!!! ive never tried that one but i might just to pay homage to such neat little plants. quite amazing and beautiful.
you could try catnip first?? it seems really harmless and if you have cats....well. ;)
thats about all i have comments about. i bet the vinegar woudl work well too.
a few years ago we went on vacation, came back to find ALL of the cat food being hauled across our kitchen by carpenter ants. they couldnt get the food past where they were coming in from the cabinets.... so in a panicked fit i sprayed the whole floor and cabinets in that area down with wasp spray. it worked but we literally had to pull the cabinets off to wash everything. :o i wouldnt suggest it. :o
March 19th, 2008, 04:11 PM
I read one time that you could mix Borax, water and sugar, pour it into a mason jar and have a piece of cloth soaked in the same mixture and hang it over the side of the jar. The ants should be attracted to it, crawl into the jar and die.
Not sure if this is pet-friendly or not.
Here's a site I found online, an eco-friendly ant control site.
March 19th, 2008, 04:16 PM
Diatomaceous earth may irritate kitty paws, too--it's pretty gritty stuff...
What kind of handles do you have on your cupboard doors? Any way you can tie them together to keep kitties out of there and then just use a regular sweet trap?
March 19th, 2008, 04:31 PM
thanx want4rain that site looks super helpfull ..
the jar idea is good except my cats would be the frist ones in it ... lol
ummm as to tieing the doors closed im not sure i thought of that .. but i dont know if i could do it tight enough to keep my cats out ( tried it in the kitchen to keep them from getting at pastas and bread but they figured out that if they got it kinda open they could just make themselves super small and get in anyway .. they are bigger now tho so maybe.... )
thanx for the tips ill tell you how it goes!!