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Old 01-07-2011, 12:17 PM   #1
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SMANTS = Small Ants.. AKA Sugar Ants

Hello out there... These little creatures have been bugging me since the FALL of 2010..

History: we had a flood in Sept 2010, .. we have recovered all is dry and doing well

SMANTS started showing up in October in Durham, NC... we have traveled cross country and these little guys show up.. Primarily in the BATHROOM.. onesy ..twosy... but they are here living somewhere.

I have checked the cupboards where the food lives... ZILCH.. Having said that I did find some on the Pancake Syrup when I took it out of the closet... Since then I have left the syrup on the KITCHEN counter and NO SMANTS are in view..

I have used Ant spray, Terro (The liquid Ant killer) and little canisters and little white containers... The terro worked and quite a few were stuck on the liquid and never made it back home..

My understanding of this Terro was they eat it take it back home and they all meet their maker..

My gut tells me they are living behind the panel in the hall where the Intellic and all the controls are Tank reading, heat Control etc.

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Old 01-07-2011, 12:33 PM   #2
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I think you are on the right track with the Terro. Everything I have seen says this is the best but it takes time. One other tip;
A cheap, non-toxic, and effective way to get rid of ants is to simply wipe counters, doors, and window openings with vinegar. I understand that this works because of the non-interaction between the formic acid in their bodies and the acetic acid in vinegar.
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Old 01-07-2011, 12:37 PM   #3
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I found some ants that were bigger than the sugar ants in my trailer. Tried various types of spray killer. Nothing would totally get rid of them. I finally found the answer when I got some bug bombs at Walmart. I put two of them in the trailer and another in the storage area. A day later, I opened all the windows to air the trailer out and the only thing left was little dead bodies all over. It killed all the ants and a variety of other bugs that I did not even know were in there.

If you decide to try this, carefully follow the instructions, open all the cabinets/closets and stay out till the next day.
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I think you are on the right track with the Terro. Everything I have seen says this is the best but it takes time. One other tip;
A cheap, non-toxic, and effective way to get rid of ants is to simply wipe counters, doors, and window openings with vinegar. I understand that this works because of the non-interaction between the formic acid in their bodies and the acetic acid in vinegar.
Brian, Loretta... ummmm. .Vinegar.. interesting will try that in shower...

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Old 01-07-2011, 01:03 PM   #5
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I found some ants that were bigger than the sugar ants in my trailer. Tried various types of spray killer. Nothing would totally get rid of them. I finally found the answer when I got some bug bombs at Walmart. I put two of them in the trailer and another in the storage area. A day later, I opened all the windows to air the trailer out and the only thing left was little dead bodies all over. It killed all the ants and a variety of other bugs that I did not even know were in there.

If you decide to try this, carefully follow the instructions, open all the cabinets/closets and stay out till the next day.
Ed not to many people know where VESTAL, NY is.. We had friends when I lived in Nee Windsor, NY who were from VESTAL...The "Blabac family"

will the bombs contaminate my food in house?... Is their CLEANUP after the BOMBS go off ?

I have numerous compartments in my RV.. 2 large width of coach, utility bay, battery bay, Electrical Cord Bay... Bay where Vacuum canister sits,

So do I put one in each compartment ?

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Ed not to many people know where VESTAL, NY is.. We had friends when I lived in Nee Windsor, NY who were from VESTAL...The "Blabac family"

will the bombs contaminate my food in house?... Is their CLEANUP after the BOMBS go off ?

I have numerous compartments in my RV.. 2 large width of coach, utility bay, battery bay, Electrical Cord Bay... Bay where Vacuum canister sits,

So do I put one in each compartment ?

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The name of that family is not familiar.... While it is a "small" town, there are still some 20,000 people there....

The trailer was being stored when I used the bug bombs, so I did not have any food in the trailer at the time. The package has instructions as what should be removed or covered and what has to be washed after. I really do not recall the details. I would suggest stopping at the local Walmart in the insecticide/mouse trap dept in the super market area. The bug bombs are there and read the instructions and warnings before you buy them.
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Ed J.thanks for the info...Enjoy Florida..

Hope to get down that way this June or After Christmas 2011... We were thinking Bees RV resort ? Since this our first yr as FT we are always asking for recommendations in FL.

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I forgot to mention about the storage areas. Since I was doing it on a 5th-wheel, I just had one big storage area to deal with. I would think that you would need a bomb for each storage area if they are sealed from each other. To be sure that all possible locations for bug nests are killed off, every area in the RV should be exposed to the poison gas at the same time.
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Hi.. I believe we have educated many people with numerous paths to take to deal with ANTS...etc.. Input was all good..

BTW: I put out the Terro liquid and have not seen ONE ant.. I think they read all the posts and have retreated or have gone back to get reinforcements.

Keep all ares dry and free of CRUMBS..

Once you are invaded..
Terro Liquid

Prevention....
AMDRO Ant Block
Bleach
BORAX
WINDEX
Diatomaceous Earth and Borax Treatment...sounds safest ?
Comet
product called SAFER contains the PYRETHINS
BUG BOMBS
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