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Old 11-04-2014, 06:50 PM   #1
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Crazy ants !!

When camping,have any of you had crazy ants get in your RV,reason i ask is we have them bad on the Texas Coast,i have found a product from BASF that will kill them and they will not come back,its the only stuff out that we have found .... Just asking ..this stuff was 100 bucks pint . 1 oz per gal ...
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Old 11-04-2014, 06:57 PM   #2
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We had carpenter ants once and the only thing I found was a product that the only place I could find it was in south Texas called Bengal like the tiger . That stuff worked great for me . Now days it's hard to find a chemical strong enough to kill anything
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Old 11-04-2014, 07:16 PM   #3
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try cayenne pepper around the camper, it wont kill them but they hate it and they will stay away.
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Old 11-04-2014, 07:19 PM   #4
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Give Delta Dust a try, the product has been outstanding for killing bees, the packaging says that it is very effective for ants. I purchased my one pound container from Amazon.com.
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Old 11-04-2014, 07:20 PM   #5
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try cayenne pepper around the camper, it wont kill them but they hate it and they will stay away.
Comet dusted around the tires and jacks is supposed to stop them too.
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Old 11-07-2014, 05:15 AM   #6
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Seeing as how the only "entrance" way for ants to get into a camper would be from the axle wheels, and front jack stand, would placing a dust (as recommended in the previous posts) be effective from them getting into the camper while storred?

I had what I call sugar ants (those tiny ones) get into our house one year. I called an exterminator, who did an alright job of ridding them, but it was costly IMO. I googled some simple recipes and found that using green jelly or peanut butter mixed with some sort of dust powder (can't remember its name) is effective too. The worker ants carry it back to the nest, feed the queen, and that eliminates the colony.
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Old 11-07-2014, 10:05 AM   #7
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All the liquid spray commercial preparations I've tried were a joke. I could almost swear I once saw an ant walk through an application I put down, turn around and flip me the bird. The only commercial product I've ever read RVers having success with is a product called Terro. Although, I've never used it to confirm their claims.

What I found to be effective was boric acid- obtainable from any pharmacy. I dust it, or mix it with water and sugar until it's the consistency of pancake syrup. Then, using a small brush (I use one of the DW's old make-up brushes), I apply it to the areas where I see ants. Carpenter ants especially love the syrup.

Boric acid doesn't work immediately like you see in the Raid commercial where the bugs holler "RAID!", then explode or fall over dead. However, you should expect to observe noticeable results within a few days. It may take multiple applications to completely eradicate the nest.

Boric Acid acts upon the ant's digestive system and they literally starve to death. It's hard to see with small ants, but with large ants like carpenter ants, you can see that when under its effect will not look as robust and their movement will appear erratic.

From what I've read on the web, boric acid is about as toxic as table salt and sometimes used in a 5% water solution as an eye wash. However, to be safe, I wouldn't apply it to any areas that could be accessible by pets and children.
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That's the stuff I added to the mint jelly, or peanut butter; boric acid! I found it in white powder form. After about a week of watching the ants circle around the mixture I made with it on small pieces of cardboard on our kitchen countertops, they were gone!

A whole lot cheaper and mor effective IMO than what we were paying to have the house treated for them critters. According to the web sites I found this on, the worker ants carry this back, feed the queen, and when she dies, the mound dies.
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Terro is essentially boric acid and sugar water
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Friend of mine had carpenter ants at his house, he used boric acid too, he mixed it with suger water and in about a week and a half, they were gone. He applied it a few times..it does work. I had a few around ghe my house soI tried it too....they are gone too. You can get it at the pharmacy and it is pretty cheap.
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