Cleveland - Ants all over house
Email to Steve Tvedten
HELP! I am in Cleveland Ohio and our house is incredibly infested with these tiny reddish-brown ants! At first it was just the kitchen, pantry & cat food, but we've started keeping everything in air tight canisters, ziploc bags, etc and put tupperware lids filled with water under the cat bowls, taking away all sources of food imaginable and now they're EVERYWHERE! We had pesticide applied a couple months ago when we also had those GIANT black ants and they were all gone for awhile...but they're back with reinforcements now!! They are on my computer desk and printer as I type, on the dining room table, crawling along the backs of toilets, everywhere!! I squish tons a day, but obviously can't get them all (not that that wouldn't be really satisfying!)! OK, here come my questions:
1.How can we SAFELY (organically) kill them? I lived in Florida where we had monthly pesticide treatments for the first 27 years of my life, and I attribute the fact that I was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor last year at 32 to that fact. Thus, I really don't want to have the house sprayed!! What will kill them?
2. Does this type of ant bite? The other day I woke with what I thought were hives all over my right calf but I couldn't figure out what I could've eaten that might've done that... Last night I saw 2 ants come walking out from under my pillow as I was getting into bed! This scares me because I am allergic to fire ants (had some BAD reactions to their sting as a child in Florida) but am no longer getting allergy shots per my neurologist and the brain tumor clinical trial in which I'm a patient! Plus, my bee sting kit is expired!
So: what kind of ants are these and how do I KILL them
Dear Lisa - Have you tried anything but poison? From your story, it is obvious pesticide poisons do not eliminate pests, but, they certainly may harm people. Have you tried simply drawing a line of vaseline or chalk, or lightly sprinkling talcum powder, medicated body powder, dry Tide laundry soap or baking soda where you do not want them to cross, or mopping the floors with 1 cup of borax per gallon of hot water, or spraying them with 1 tablespoon of dish soap, 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil and 20 drops of peppermint oil? There are many alternative controls in my book THE BEST CONTROL. Including spraying them with 1 oz per quart of Safe Solutions' Enzyme Cleaner with Peppermint. I never try diagnosing a species over the internet, but, the above controls work on most ants. Try to follow them back to the nest and then destroy their nest. Good Hunting and Get Well! Steve.