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    Ants ants everywhere, in the kitchen, on the walls, on the floor in the fridge!!!!!!! They are driving me crazy and make me wanna scweeeeeeeeeam!!!!!
    Ive even got one of those things that are meant to attract and kill them, does it kill them??Nope, they have a little party on it!!!
    I got some industrial strength ant cleaner last night and squirted the kitchen(and any ants I saw) with it, cleaning it up afterwards so it doesnt kill me!

    Saw only a couple this morning.
    I feel so bad about squishing them.
    Anybody else going nuts over ant infestation?
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    It's not something that I've ever had a problem with, but my mum has. She lives in a bungalow so her home covers more ground. She has some powder stuff that she puts around the house and underneath the windows all around the house (on the outside) which seems to stop them from actually getting in.

    I really do hate creepy crawlie things, not matter how big or small they are.
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    • #3
      Tell me about it...
      At the ice cream parlour we have to be soooo careful otherwise ants come from miles around to feast on the sweet sticky sauces etc,
      Our shop front is all glass doors which fold back in the summer so it's all open, and it's flush to the pavement for disabled access, which means if we aren't carefull the ants just roll on up to join the queue!!!
      We have found the best way to beat them is to just create a barrier, every hole is masticked up so they cant get in and at night we put a line of ant powder accross the front doors...
      We are winning the battle so far......
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      • #4
        Coincidently Im in a bungalow.Hmm, think Im going to need to do ant killer shopping.
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        • #5
          We had problems with ants too and found the best thing was to get ant powder and put it allong the edge of the skirting where the little buggers get in. Don't sweep it up you need to leave it there I'm afraid to act as a barrier but it definitely worked.

          Cheers.

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          • #6
            Not had a problem with ants but discovered last week we had a family of rats living in our back garden (about 10ft from back door). Will happily swap our rat infestation for your ant one.
            There was a rat wandering around my patio in broad daylight when I was washing up, I ran upstairs, grabbed the cat and threw it out the door in the direction of the rat. He walked straight past it and sauntered down the garden. He did make up for it later by bringing me a live rat through the cat flap at half past midnight and dropping it on the kitchen floor so it could run around. Generally Im quite good at things like that but I turned into a hysterical female and had to be rescued by my husband.

            Havent seen any this week, I think the lethal poison we have laid everywhere has done the trick (do feel slightly guilty, but they couldnt stay).

            Paula

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            • #7
              EEEEEEEEEK!! Rats, Il stick to my ants!!
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              • #8
                I hope I'm not tempting fate by saying that I've not had ant or rat problems! We do have hedgehogs and seemingly a lot of local cats which frequent our back garden...

                Regarding ants, someone, somewhere told me that you need to kill a flying one which will then make the rest of the pack / herd / gaggle / clutch go and look for a new home. How easy this is I don't know

                But rats?!! Hit them with shovels - it will make you feel better but it could make a mess!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by sugarandspicecrafts View Post
                  the rest of the pack / herd / gaggle / clutch
                  LOL!!

                  Il opt for the collective noun 'pain in the a*se' of ants.
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                  • #10
                    No ants but slugs - urrrggghhh! Tried to figure out where the little buggers get in but we haven't found it yet. Got back from picking the girls up and you could tell they had been in as thew broom was covered in the silvery trail! I'm loathe to put down slug killer because of Tara crawling around so if anyone has any hints then I would be grateful!!
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                    • #11
                      I get slugs too. They leave a silvery trail under my dining room table, BUT they never seem to go further!

                      I tend to leave a line of salt round the skirting board - usually wake up to find a dried out slug in the morning! I know, it's gross and cruel ... they can chomp away in my garden, but I draw the line at coming in my house.
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                      • #12
                        For a safer alternative for ants, sprinkle a thick layer of baby talc at the access points to your house. They won't cross it and it doesn't hurt anyone, pets, kids etc.

                        For slugs, crushed eggshells are supposed to work, they don't like crawling over them. Apparently. Haven't actually asked any slugs about it
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                        • #13
                          Ooo Swirly we kept getting slugs last year in our living room, hubby had to take the floorboards up in the end and realised they were getting in through a large hole the so called redevelopers had kindly left exposed and as the floorboards were rotting and coming away from the joists they were finding their way up through them!! Drove me mad every morning when I would come down and find silver trails over everything, we don;t have children or pets so was ok to leave slug pellets down around the skirting boards but ofcourse new ones kept getting in so was never ending. Luckily all sorted now, I was convinced for a while that somebody was posting them through the letterbox!!!!!

                          And I nearly trod on a hedgehog last year barefoot ... owwww, how painful would that have been??!! I opened the back door and was about to step out and luckily caught someTHing move out of my eye, it was dusk and the hedgehog was sitting on the doormat so blended in nicely!!! I know they are classed as vermin and full of fleas ... but awwww they are so cute!!!!

                          RATS!!!!!!!!!! EEEEEEEEEEEK!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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                          • #14
                            It gets worse...even tho the kitche ants have been 99% non existant the last couple of days after my ant killing blitz...I was woken up at some ungodly hour this morning by a tickle...and not in a pleasent way...there was an ant crawling on my neck!!!

                            I murdered it.
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                            • #15
                              Ive just had another visit from my local friendly pest control officer who has declared us rat free! woohoo! Feel better knowing nothings creeping around when I go outside, but do feel slightly perturbed at the thought of the pile of rotting rat carcasses which are probably festering away under my garage.

                              Hope everyone else manages to get rid of their unwanted visitors.

                              Paula

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