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Household Tip, getting rid of ants
Wed 25-Jul-12
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Hattie
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I have just found that I have an ant's nest under my front step, I can't see a hole where they are coming from, so I can't pour boiling water on it as I usually do !   So I went looking on the internet for solutions......I found this.  Luckily I have some boric acid that I bought online.

 

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Wed 25-Jul-12
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I have never had a problem with ants, indoors.  I leave them alone outside, they are part of the eco-system after all.

I'll try that again!

Wed 25-Jul-12
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Unfortunately TA, they are creeping in under my front-door. I too leave them alone outside but because my house is made of wychert I have to stop them getting into the building fabric. frown

 

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Wed 25-Jul-12
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We get ants in the kitchen in spring to early summer- they used to come in via a small hole around the back garden door, walk the length of the hall along the skirting board, around the corner, in to the kitchen and up the wall on to the counter, and they would return the same way (you can tell I was bored that day when I watched them follow that track) I filled the hole and they don't get in that way- now we have a much smaller breed of ant that appears in the kitchen- but we have never found their entry point- I don't mind them- they have just come in for small crumbs of food, but OH does not like them and kills them. Outside we leave them to it.

 Are we having fun yet? I am!

Wed 25-Jul-12
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Hattie, what would happen if they did get into the wychert and how do you stop them?

I'll try that again!

Wed 25-Jul-12
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The answer to that is I don't know TA, all I usually do if I find them inside is to spray them with an ant killing aerosol which kills them off. The problem with them being under the front door step is that I know from previous experience that they have extensive living accommodation under my front path, further towards the road. They have never been a problem getting under the front door before so I need to stop them fast.

 

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Wed 25-Jul-12
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Toffeeapple said:

Hattie, what would happen if they did get into the wychert and how do you stop them?

Our main house is stone ground floor and mud brick/plaster upper floor, the extension is conventional bricks with mud mortar.  What I'm calling mud mrtar is very similar to wychert.

 

The problem we have with the ants is extension specific where they seem to be removing the mortar from between the bricks.  Eventually we will clean the joints out and repoint with conventional mortar to stop the little buggers.

 

So in answer to the question from TA ............. Hatties house MAY collapse is ants allowed free rein.   VERY WORSE CASE SCENARIO  though, and just my opinion.

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Wed 25-Jul-12
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Cripes, that IS drastic!  I hope you find a way then Hattie, rather that the remedy you posted about works for you.  Thanks for the explanation Tracey.

I'll try that again!

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