How to get rid of tiny ants?
I seem to always have those tiny ants in my home, what are some ways to get rid of them? I have tried traps, sprays and terro, but they always seem to come back within days.
I was impressed with Terro the first time I used it (on our boat), but using it on land, for some reason, hasn't been as effective. I wonder if it's because I bought the first in PR, and maybe it's a weaker formula here? Not likely, but it is possible the formula was changed between times. Anyway...as I understand it, if you have an ongoing problem, or you just spray monthly as a preventative, you need to change what you use occasionally. The critters become immune, just like if humans use too many antibiotics.
@Uuaww, you could always call in the pros. However, one of the sales people at GBH told me at least one of the pest control companies here never changes the formula, so they don't work after a while. I have no idea if she knew what she was talking about, so just take that for what it's worth.
I seem to get an invasion of them after every heavy rain. Normally, they aren't interested in me or the cat's food or any other random crumbs. I just get the Terro back out and put it in their (new and esoteric) path and a day or two later, they are gone again. I am somewhat on the psycho side when it comes to keeping my house clean, though. Perhaps that helps? I lived in Florida where we would have the same sort of home invasions. Good luck!
Are the ants sugar-loving ants or savory-loving ants (I know this sounds strange)? Depending on which ones you have, you may need to use a different formula. I think terro works best for sugar ants? When I had ant problems in Florida, I used to buy a a blue gel that I would mix with a drop of oil to attract and kill the savory ants (they were eating cat/dog food, not sugar). It did seem to work. Also keeping your drains and countertops clean helps too.
Where are you living?
I am in the rainforest and we get the crazy ants. I use terro and it works well. Spectricide and Hot Shot did nothing. Basically, I line the veranda and the window sills with it to keep the ants out. However, I have to put the terro down every two days or so. I am sweeping up a gazillion dead ants every morning and they stink! They seem to migrate to the corners, pile on top of each and die.
From what I have read, there is a population explosion happening on the island of the hairy crazy ant.