Thu 18 Dec 2008 11:40:51 AM PST
Ants and MLP
They laughed when they came downstairs in the morning and saw me reading The Ants and The Art of War. But the ants went away for quite a while. Now they're back. Linepithema humile, the Argentine Ant, is most abundant inside California homes in cold, rainy weather. A few counter-ant measures.
Never kill an ant while she is giving you information. Humans can't smell ant trails, so the only way to know where they are is to watch the ants. Kill the ants who are now using a trail, and the trail is still there.
If food gets mobbed with ants, don't kill them. Brush off as many as possible, near a bait site. They probably won't take the bait since they're full, but they'll lay a trail home. Then wash the food item and the location where it was stored, and either throw the food away outside if you're not saving it, or temporarily put it in a different place away from an ant trail.
Don't put bait near food. Put bait along the trail to the food, or just off the trail, away from human activity. (Grant's works.) Typical kitchen cabinets have a gap between the floor and the bottom of the cabinet, behind the toe kick -- an ideal bait site if you can get to it. Don't put bait where it will get wet or where people will touch or move it.
Disrupting trails with chalk or scented products is only a temporary fix, and makes it harder to find good bait spots.
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