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lucy6194

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Posted: 03/01/12 10:44am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

any suggestions to ward off ant invasion.

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Make a syrup using:
  1. One cup of boiling water
  2. One half cup of sugar
  3. One quarter cup of "20 Mule Team Borax"

Use this mixture to wet some blotter paper and spread it around where the ants frequently go.

The ants will carry it back to the queen and the entire colony will die.


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Terro Ant Bait is a borax based ant killer. Put some out around your camper and they will go to it and not into your camper. It will kill the entire colony within a few days. But more ants will come along... LOL.





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camperpaul wrote:

Make a syrup using:
  1. One cup of boiling water
  2. One half cup of sugar
  3. One quarter cup of "20 Mule Team Borax"

Use this mixture to wet some blotter paper and spread it around where the ants frequently go.

The ants will carry it back to the queen and the entire colony will die.


That is the first time I've ever heard of this and I like it!

The ants that came into our rig (while we were in Northern CA for a few months parked in the same spot)came up on the electrical cord. I followed the trail and couldn't believe it when I saw it. I had carefully sprayed ant killer on the tires but had not even once thought of the electrical or water connections.

I keep all foods in air tight containers. My syrup and honey bottles (that are open in the cabinet) are in zip lock plastic bags...and make sure they are zipped tight because if air can get in/out...so can the tiny ants.

I had pop tarts in a telescopic container.(The kind that has two identical parts that fit together with grooves and as the container gets empty you can collapse the container.) The ants got into the pop tarts via the grooves. I had zillions and zillions of ants inside that container when I saw it.

Cereal boxes are worthless once they are open the ants go right to it. We keep our cereal (after the box is opened) in air tight containers... with screw on lids. The ones that chocolate covered nuts are sold in. Why buy empty containers??

I keep little metal tins of ant bait in the bottom of my kitchen cabinet all the time and another on the kitchen counter behind the coffee maker... all the time.


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camperpaul wrote:

Make a syrup using:
  1. One cup of boiling water
  2. One half cup of sugar
  3. One quarter cup of "20 Mule Team Borax"

Use this mixture to wet some blotter paper and spread it around where the ants frequently go.

The ants will carry it back to the queen and the entire colony will die.



I like this method too. The method I have be using is too darn expensive and the kids wont take him for a walk.



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The Terro Ant Bait works amazing. I had an ant problem at home and tried this stuff. A couple of days later they were gone. It's been two years and they never came back.

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FWIW:

A few years ago, I went to the store to buy some ant killer and found a 4 0z. bottle for $8.00.

From force of habit, I read the list of ingredients and thought to myself,
"I have all that stuff at home."

So I went home and brewed up a batch...

There are a lot of other things that are easy to make at home because the Federal labeling requirements dictate a list of ingredients.

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Sprinkle DE (Diatomaceous Earth) around the wheels, jacks and any place else that touches the ground. Available in most garden stores. Completely safe with pets and children or any other wildlife.


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All good replies, but one of you (LouisKathy) is onto something.

We periodically go to the Temecula area here in CA. There are 3 different breeds of ants there, and besides the Boraxo around the tires and jack legs, we learned to coat not only the power cord, but water hose, and sewer hose with a thin coating of Vaseline. An inch or two around the circumferance will do. I promise it works.

Also, walk around the perimeter of your coach, once you've parked, and make certain that there aren't any tree or bush limbs making contact with the coach. Ants are very sneaky little critters.


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we buy the little ant baits at the supermarket. Put several in the RV. Follow the directions on the pkg. It takes a couple days but works every time. You need to replace them following the instructions on the pkg. The only time we have an ant problem is when we forget to get new ones in time. Look for the pkg that says it works on different ant types.


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