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Jumbie
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Supposedly these things came on island a number of months ago with a shipment of lumber and were first reported in Mon Bijou area. Gallows Bay plant/garden person called them "crazy ants", but a person we know who attended a conference at Carambola recently said they are called Caribbean Running Ants.

We live in Cane Bay and serval weeks ago they began "invading" our property. They don't bite, they just crawl over over your feet & legs when you walk outside. They don't come into the house (yet), but thousands of these little brownish ants are in the gravel parking area behind the house, on the pool deck, pool deck walls, in the pool (dead ones), bottom deck, and steps to our back door. We had American Pest Control come out & spray the driveway, parking area, yard, etc with Termidol. That seemed to kill them in our bottom driveway & along the retaining wall, but in other areas, they are back "big time". I called ACP to come out again & spray certain areas.. Other than using APC , I have tried Tero, ant traps, ant spray, & sprinkling Seven Dust on the ground. Results were only temporary. There are so darn many, it seems if you kill a thousand, two thousand take their place.

Has anyone else had these type of ants and if so how did you get rid of them or are you just fighting a losing battle? Thanks much --

Jumbie -STX

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Topic starter Posted : September 21, 2010 3:25 pm
chefnoah
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Speaking of ants, this is a cool video of an ant hurricane.

I haven't seen these running guys yet. I only get the ones that chomp all over my ankles and feet.

Noah

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Posted : September 21, 2010 3:52 pm
Jumbie
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chefnoah -
A really cool video with the mass of ants going round and round counter-clockwise like a hurricane would. I bet Aussie has never seen this kind of hurricane.

BTW I have noticed that I don't have fire ants around since these "running" (actually crawling -hehe) buggers have been around. I think I heard somewhere these type ants go after fire ants and eventally kill the fire ant queen. These "non biting ants" tend to go in "trails" more or less when they get on cement or hard surfaces. I sprinkled some fire ant stuff all around the place several hours ago and these suckers have disappeared. Lots of luck on that being the cure.

I know my problem "pales" in comparison to Aussie's problem. Get well Aussie!!

Jumbie -STX

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Topic starter Posted : September 21, 2010 6:10 pm
aussie
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LOL...I had to take a look 🙂 These ants are obviously from the Southern Hemisphere judging by their rotation! 😀

Very cool! Many thanks, Jumbie!

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Posted : September 21, 2010 6:44 pm
SkysTheLimit
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Jumbie,
We had the crazy ant problem last year and they just disappeared one day. They have been on STX for years and I heard the same story about a load of lumber from South America.

http://www.fcla.edu/FlaEnt/fe91p423.pdf

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Posted : September 21, 2010 6:52 pm
LuckyGirl56
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Jumbie, we had them last year and I called Terminex out and got a ridiculous quote to spray the yard, house perimeter, etc. (with no guarantee by the way, that that would get rid of them). I took that dollar amount and bought bag after bag of ant poison (sold at Gallows Bay) almost every day for months. I also sprayed them daily with the bug spray (forgot the name) sold at Cost-U-Less (it's in a black pump up container). I sprinkled DE (Diamatacous (sp) Earth-used to coat our pool filter) around the entire house and in front of all the doorways--this prevented them from entering the house. They didn't like walking/crawling over it. Did this routine for several months (I was on a mission) and one day they were just gone. Haven't seen them since. BTW-my first treatment of our house and yard sent the little buggers over to my next door neighbors. We worked together to get rid of them, i.e. when I sprinkled ant poison, sprayed, etc., they would too. Overall I spent much less than what Terminex quoted me. Sorry to hear they've made it down your way. Good luck.

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Posted : September 21, 2010 7:02 pm
aussie
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Here's some good information about the ants. They are also called Caribbean Crazy Ants. They will, apparently, invade your home foraging for food scraps. Good luck!

http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pdffiles/IN/IN56000.pdf

"Sprays and granular applications of residual insecticides seemingly have had little or no effect in controlling this non-biting
nuisance ant."

"Until research is done on management techniques, we recommend the use of contact residual insecticides sprayed along active trails and nest sites to reduce ant populations, followed a few days later by sweet ant baits placed at numerous locations along trails and frequently replaced with fresh bait. Always follow label directions."

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Posted : September 21, 2010 7:03 pm
rks
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Terro.

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Posted : September 21, 2010 11:12 pm
jay
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Got a picture of these ants?
I have had some issues lately with some tiny ants (on STT).....Usually a parade marching in a column from here to there.....I assumed they were carpenter ants....But sometimes they come from outside and I just assumed that carpenter ants live in wood furniture.....

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Posted : September 22, 2010 12:06 am
dougtamjj
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Forget the ants. The bees are attacking. We came home to a house full of bees and they were attacking us. What is going on? Both bees and Jacks.

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Posted : September 22, 2010 12:45 am
SkysTheLimit
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You'll know you have crazy ants it you're sweeping up piles of dead ones outside on the concrete. This is before you poison them.
You may also notice that a dead lizard or bug is quickly swarming with ants.

Don't know if it's true but I was told cenepedes don't stand a chance against this army. So at least they have a positive effect.*-)
That and they don't bite or seem to want in the house. When we had them they would crawl onto your feet when in the yard but immediately after stepping onto the concrete deck they seemed to vanish.

Friends rented a place in Little Fountain that had them so bad they were sweeping the sidewalk to the front door daily and it looked like ant mulch on the sides of the sidewalk. Seriously millions of ants. They even killed the tortoises on the property!!

Very strange phenom!

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Posted : September 22, 2010 12:45 am
East Ender
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I think "Caribbean Running Ants" would be a good name for a rock band. 😉

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Posted : September 22, 2010 1:19 am
Neil
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Got a picture of these ants?
I have had some issues lately with some tiny ants (on STT).....Usually a parade marching in a column from here to there.....I assumed they were carpenter ants....But sometimes they come from outside and I just assumed that carpenter ants live in wood furniture.....

They look like brown ants.

Carpenter ants like to live in wet wood, not dry or furniture.
They don't eat wood, rather, they tunnel into it to nest, which is why they like wet wood because it's easy to remove.
This info comes from unfortunate experience!

We call the tiny ants "wild willies" for their fast antics and keep a bottle of Terro around (sweetened borax) which they eat and take back to their nest.

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Posted : September 22, 2010 12:05 pm
jenny54
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Hello,

Can you please suggest me which company make & sell termite products?

Thanks, advance! 

 

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Posted : January 4, 2019 2:44 am
Alana33
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You can buy termite products at most grocery or hardware stores.

If on STX, try Home Depot..Or Kmart.

The best one I've used is the one you can inject into the termite trails and nest. Sorry can't remember the name.

If you have a real issue, best to call exterminator and have trench dug and treated around perimeter of home. I had this done many years ago as a preventive measure at my old house. Used Terminix. 5 yr. Warranty.

To make this natural ant-repellent you'll need 1 tablespoon of Borax, 1 cup of sugar and 1/2 cup of boiling water. Combine your ingredients in a pan and let it boil for three minutes. Once it cools, you can place the mixture on a small lid, in a bowl or soak a cotton ball in the mixture. Don't use more borax than recommended. Too strong and they won't respond to the scent.

Terro has also worked well for me.

Guess it depends on the situation and the ants as to what responds best to the situation. Can you find the nest? Boiling water and vinegar has workedworked, 

Had sugar ants in my old house. Couldn't figure out where the heck they kept coming from into the kitchen. After Hurricane Marilyn, had to replace the electrical panel inside kitchen cabinet. There was the nest, queen, eggs and all! Apparently, they were attracted to the warmth of the wiring. Replaced switch box, got rid of ants for good.

Good luck!

 

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Posted : January 6, 2019 6:09 pm
wadim712
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In my houses had black and red ants, red ants dangerous because they are bitting but not black. To get rid of ants I use building inspection Sydney. They provide all kind of termite and pest control throughout Sydney. 

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