Using Terro but it seems like they're enjoying the taste. What's the cure for them?
We have REALLY bad ants here in AZ in my neighborhood. In the backyard grass I have a company put down Termador spray. It's been 2 years and not 1 ant!! Plus helps with termites, it's original use. It's VERY expensive thou so we only do the backyard. we still get horrible ants in the front yard so once a month or so I pour sand down all the holes I can see except for one... Boil a huge pot of water and use a funnel to pour it down the last hole. Works great but they still seem to come back after a while because the park across from my house has tons of mounds. I'm so glad I pay my HOA fee to help take care of that. :-I
If they are true crazy ants aka Rasperry Ants...then there is no cure. Do you live in the rain forest? The terro will keep them out of areas if you use it as a border but it hardly makes a dent. Then, when the ants die, they stink to high heaven (exude formic acid). I dealt with them for 4 months last year and it was a nightmare. We tried so many different kind of ant poisons, had professionals come out and spray and nothing.
People on the island don't truly realize how bad they are. They infested our cars, destroyed electrical equipment (outdoor lighting, lights in the car)....they love electricity. Nobody would believe me until they came out to visit. I was told they killed some tortoises out at Mt. Victory but I have not been able to confirm that. Our tortoises did have wounds with ants in them.
Not trying to be a downer here, but just telling what I know and my experience with the little buggers.
Diatomacious Earth which is fine and powdery like taclum powder, works very well to prevent ants in and around your plants and planters.
Sprinkle it on and around ant nests as well for excellent, non toxic results. Good to repell and kill fleas as well.
I sprinkle it around on the soil for my plants and in the saucers for my potted plants to keep ants and the mealy bugs they have a symbiotic relationship with from infesting my plants.
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Thanks for everyone who said Terro. We went out and bought some and it seems to be working well. I actually enjoy watching them in their little crazy parades. I always wonder why some turn around and head back into the line, then turn back around and head back in the other direction. It looks like a little social thing going on.