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jay
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Just wondering if anyone knows about these little bugs that seem to be showing up on my counter.....they look like tiny dots and act like politicians.......I mean cockroaches....when the lights come on...they seem to run for the hills.....I have been using bleach and water to get rid of them and that seems to work for a day or two....any ideas what they are or what works best to get rid of them.....they seem to have shown up since the humidity has set in.......thanks to any advise....

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Topic starter Posted : July 4, 2007 12:25 am
Future Islander
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Probably "Sugar Ants".

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Posted : July 4, 2007 1:22 pm
JohnB
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That's funny. I thought the problem on island was really, really BIG bugs.

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Posted : July 4, 2007 5:38 pm
Betty
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Sgar ants are not afraid of the light or any human and are not that teeny tiny(are you talking flea size?). I have no idea. Have you asked your bug guy? If you dont have one get one. Its only about $30 a month and thats alot of piece of mind for the price of dinner for one on these islands.

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Posted : July 4, 2007 5:42 pm
Onika
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I highly recommend Roachbusters. He comes out every 1-2 months and I have noticed a marked decrease in buggies since we started the regimen,.

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Posted : July 5, 2007 1:53 pm
pt
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Hi, all,

Presence of sugar ants indicates we aren't keeping our counters and bathroom sinks ( they love toothpaste) as wiped-up as we should. Otherwise harmless.

Thanks,
PT

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Posted : July 5, 2007 2:03 pm
Teresa
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The only tiny bugs I know of that were in my kitchen were 'baby' roaches or some relative and ghost ants. The ghost ants I could not get rid of as they would skirt around the line of bug spray. You have to make sure all food is in airtight containers or put them in the fridge. Keep the kitchen clean and you shouldn't have too many ants. The minute a child drops a crumb, the ghost ants would come from nowhere and swarm. I got the name ghost ants from research. I don't know if they are really ghost ants, but they are very hard to see except for one brownish/yellowish dot on their body. Have your house sprayed consistently (whatever the professionals recommend) and you will be better off. The best defense I had against the 'big' bugs was light. I had one low watt fluorescent bulb on all night and the big bugs never made their way into my kitchen. The one night I didn't have electricity (gotta blame WAPA), the next morning I had a scorpion and roach to deal with. 🙂 I named them Harry and Scary. You have to have a sense of humor on island. Bugs will always live on island. Good luck!

Teresa

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Posted : July 5, 2007 2:10 pm
Trade
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There's also a teeny little bug that eats wood & for the life of me I can't remember the name. It's not termites but something else. Let me see if I can find out what they're called. I had some teeny things eating my wood closet but never saw them, only the dust. Any exterminator as suggested should be able to tell you. If these are wood-eating, you better get a bug guy in.

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Posted : July 5, 2007 7:54 pm
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there are at least two types of termites. The subterian type that leave the tunnels of mud, and the air flying type that you only see the dust or dropping. Here in AZ we have both types. Certain times of the year your patio will look like it being invaded by flying ants, usually only one or two nights, but these are the flying termites looking for a new home. That type is harder to kill and usually requires that the home be bagged and fumigated. The underground type can be dealt with by injecting the walls or floor with bug stuff.

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Posted : July 5, 2007 9:00 pm
islandjoan
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hey Trade,
They are called Powder Post Beetles. Terminix found them when I was selling my house...couldn't see the beetles just the dust they left. Did require that the immediate area be bagged and fumigated. Fortunately it was a small area and fortunately we could time the moving out and the closing so that the fumigation happened in between....

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Posted : July 5, 2007 9:05 pm
Trade
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Thanks, Joan!

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Posted : July 5, 2007 10:04 pm
jay
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Thanks for all the advise.....The are certainly tiny like small dots........hmmm....like that, maybe even smaller...they seem easy to control as far as keeping it clean,I believe they are living in wood that makes up the cabinets due to how fast they appear and disappear...No big deal there....the kitchen is going to be stripped down to bare concrete and replaced very soon.....If Mr Contractor ever gets moving that is...I suppose when he tears out the old stuff we may see lots of dust if they are some sort of wood eating beast.....anyway, thanks again!

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Topic starter Posted : July 6, 2007 12:08 pm
Afriend
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On my island they call those tiny little guys "wood lice". They are actually a form of subterranian termite - little buggers about the size of a grain of coarse sand. They do indeed eat wood. They find their way into the house via tunnels made of mud - if you look carefully around the foundation of your house you'll see the tunnels - often along tree branches (espeically on the branches of bouganvilla plants) that are in close proximity to the house.

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Posted : July 6, 2007 2:30 pm
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