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We had a mild winter and it looks like it is going to be a bad summer for big black ants. I could be watching TV and one will crawl across my foot. We don't have garbage or crumbs to attract them. (Unless Benjy has hid a biscuit somewhere. LOL)

If we didn't have a precious little bundle of joy, I might just call an exterminator. But I had read posts in previous years about putting chemicals on lawns and red flags went up.

We have never had problems before. What do people do that is safe for the little ones?

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Great info. I too have problems with ants near the cats food bowl. She takes her food out of the bowl and eats on the mat. If I'm out or leave it to long we get the ants everywhere. I'll try those natural solutions and see what works best!
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We had a mild winter and it looks like it is going to be a bad summer for big black ants. I could be watching TV and one will crawl across my foot. We don't have garbage or crumbs to attract them. (Unless Benjy has hid a biscuit somewhere. LOL)

If we didn't have a precious little bundle of joy, I might just call an exterminator. But I had read posts in previous years about putting chemicals on lawns and red flags went up.

We have never had problems before. What do people do that is safe for the little ones? Thanks Jeff
On the plus side, ants give endless hours of fun for Perry (sniffing them out, chasing the around, stepping on them then jumping back, etc), maybe they would for your pup too
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When my eldest got his first apartment last summer- it had a reoccurring ant issue. Two kinds of ants no less.
He had tried unsuccessfully all of the pesticides spays at the stores(he has no pets) as well as ant traps to no avail.
The kept coming back from different places- including out from behind his electrical outlet.
Silly kid never asked his mama what to do before he spent a bunch of money.
He finally told me about the issue out of frustration.
This solution I gave him worked.
Borax mixed with sugar. They take it back to the colony and they never come back.

All he did was put some of it on his counter top in a lid from a jar, let them find it and tell all their little ant friends who showed up in droves and they were all over it for a couple of days. Almost a year later and still no ants have returned. He was amazed.
I bet his neighbors are as well because all the ants just magically disappeared for them!

Something else that works is Avon Skin So Soft bath oil spray - they won't cross it... but they may come back from a different place.
I used to use it around the base of a bird cage that ants used to attack so they would not try to get the food the bird dropped.
Birds are highly sensitive to fumes, etc .... it is non toxic and worked like a charm.

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On the plus side, ants give endless hours of fun for Perry (sniffing them out, chasing the around, stepping on them then jumping back, etc), maybe they would for your pup too
Benjy hasn't seen them yet - they are always on my foot or up my leg. LOL He is very intrigued with earthworms after a rain. And he jumps up at fireflies. He loves to smell flowers but never damages them or tries to eat them. still... there's nothing like a roll of toilet paper or kleenex to catch his attention. or piece of paper to shred


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This solution I gave him worked.
Borax mixed with sugar. They take it back to the colony and they never come back.

All he did was put some of it on his counter top in a lid from a jar, let them find it and tell all their little ant friends who showed up in droves and they were all over it for a couple of days. Almost a year later and still no ants have returned. He was amazed.
I bet his neighbors are as well because all the ants just magically disappeared for them!

Something else that works is Avon Skin So Soft bath oil spray - they won't cross it... but they may come back from a different place.
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Great info. I too have problems with ants near the cats food bowl. She takes her food out of the bowl and eats on the mat. If I'm out or leave it to long we get the ants everywhere. I'll try those natural solutions and see what works best!
We had the same problem here because of the drought.
There would be ants coming into the house to look for food and water. Teddy's food bowl would be covered in ants and he was terrified of them.

What seemed to help us was adding some table salt to the water in the bucket before moping the house..
to keep ants off Teddy's bowl (as an extra precaution), we put his bowl in a slightly larger bowl and put some water in the bigger bowl... ants are unlikely to swim across the water to get into his food.... Teddy is a really messy eater so he ended up spilling lots of his food into the water (instead of his mat like usual) so that even helped with cleaning up!
House is now ant free!
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On the plus side, ants give endless hours of fun for Perry (sniffing them out, chasing the around, stepping on them then jumping back, etc), maybe they would for your pup too
LOL Rocky, too, loves ants. I'm glad I'm not the only one that enjoys watching their pup entertain themselves with an ant!
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LOL Rocky, too, loves ants. I'm glad I'm not the only one that enjoys watching their pup entertain themselves with an ant!
Once he stepped on one, then rubbed his face and got it caught in his beard. He wasn't thrilled about that.
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