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Old 05-26-2009, 12:17 PM   #1
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Ants in My Pants......

Well, not exactly but my pants WERE in the MH when we picked up a good load of little, non-biting thankfully, ants last week.

We headed up to a COE park just north of Eufaula, AL for a few days over Memorial Day weekend last week. It was raining when we got there and raining when we left on Monday. Only saw the sun for a very few minutes on Monday morning but we still had a great time. When I plugged the power in, there were ants in the power box so I sprayed them good and also sprayed the exterior of the box and pole as well as the water connector pole. Made sure the hose and power cable were off the ground and then sprayed around the tires and jacks. As it was very damp, I re-applied the spray as well as put out Borax but somehow we picked up a pretty good mess of little small ants.....All over the kitchen counters, the dash, dining table, on the walls, floor, etc. Sprayed the moulding around the floors and put some Raid (or similar non-scented product) on a paper towel and wiped it along the joint between the counters and the back splash well as inside some cabinets, etc, etc.

Anyway, after returning home, the movement of ants seems to have slowed down considerably but I want to make sure they have been terminated!!!!!

We had some of those real big ants in the travel trailer a few years ago (I hadn't noticed a branch hanging over and I think they parachuted in) and I set off one of those fogger devices which did a fairly good job. I'm just wondering what measures and devices that others have used to good success in combating ants in their pants....or at least their RVs/

Will certainly appreciate any and all thoughts.....
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I have had good luck with boric acid powder mixed in something sweet.Used honey last time.mix a little powder with honey and place in a shallow container where the ants are seen. The mixture should be less than 10% so the worker doesn't die before getting back to the nest.They take it back and in a couple days the ants are gone.
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Originally Posted by bldrbob View Post
I have had good luck with boric acid powder mixed in something sweet.Used honey last time.mix a little powder with honey and place in a shallow container where the ants are seen. The mixture should be less than 10% so the worker doesn't die before getting back to the nest.They take it back and in a couple days the ants are gone.

Is that 10% boric acid or 10% honey?


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Old 05-27-2009, 06:28 AM   #4
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Capt Joe:

Ahhhhhh.....the ol ant battle!!!! Aint it a hoot???

I won't go into the details and lengthy learning curve we experienced, but, we are now SOLD on using the ant spray manufactured by Ortho and labled "HOME DEFENSE"!! (usually found in garden dept. of places like Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Lowes, etc.).

Once parked and set up, being cautious NOT to have unnecessary bridges between the ground and the parked rig, we'll use the sprayer on the 1 gal. Home Defense jug to lay down a perimeter around ANYthing offering a bridge to the ants. This means around each jack pad, around all tires, on either side of any electrical cable, water hose and sewer connection. If ya have a mud flap, either tie it up off the ground or spray around it also. NO bridges should be left. And...DON'T accidentally lean a lawn chair or broom handle against your rig for the night or ya might see a parade of the little varmits going up such items in the a.m.

After spraying around all possible bridges, we'll lay down a perimeter around the entire rig, and.....we're set!!! This stuff REALLY seems to work extremely well, and is effective up to 6 mos. although I generally re-spot spray if we're in a place longer than 4 mos. ALSO, it can be used indoors!!! Also is safe for pets after it dries. Also, does not loose effectiveness even with torrential rains!!

As I said....we are convinced it works well. FWIW. Steve
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The mixture should be less than 10% so it doesn't kill the worker before it gets back to the nest.I put a little on the spoon handle and add to a teaspoon of honey.They also sell a readymade product I got at Home Depot .Can't remember the name but it starts with T.Something like terro .
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We use a product called Terro ... we put a drop on a small piece of aluminum foil and place along the ants route ...

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The ants are usually gone within a day
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As I suggested to you on the escapees forums; to rid your home of crawling pests:
Food Grade Diatomaceous earth is completely safe for use around small children and pets too..
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We also found Terro to be a great product. Put a few drops around and the ants disappeared. The product comes in a number of different forms depending on the application.
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