Ants again

Aug. 26th, 2010 01:50 pm
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Same places as last time. Had a professional in for an estimate again. This time I asked for what it would cost to treat regularly over a year instead of doing it once and hoping they don't come back (because that strategy worked so well last time). As it turns out, it's expensive. Jason is balking at the price. I'm starting to think that this is just part of the cost of living here. In the same way we have to pay for AC and property taxes are outrageous, pest control seems to be just part of the cost of living in this climate. Last time I was the one balking at the price and the poisons and it took a bazillion bites to convince me otherwise. I'm wondering if that's going to be the same situation this time, that it will take something to push him over the edge before he comes around. And if it's him getting bit, well it was his choice. I'm just worried that it will be Georgia or I that suffers because we're the ones here most of the time.

In the meantime I've been reading up on non-toxic solutions... so far all have been debunked. I tried one of these non-toxic "solutions" on my mother's suggestion and as it turns out I've just been feeding them corn meal all morning. It will do nothing to kill them. Rats.

Anyway, G's nap is done. Updates to follow I'm sure.

Date: 2010-08-26 07:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ya-inga.livejournal.com
Hey hon - I don't recall where they were coming up... we had grat success with the critters on our front lawn.. but it may not help you.

Date: 2010-08-26 07:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eve-the-just.livejournal.com
They are coming up IN the house, specifically the downstairs bathroom first, but I'm sure the upstairs bathroom will be infested shortly. I'd ask what you had success with, but reading online suggests that fire ants are not at all like other ants.

Date: 2010-08-26 07:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ya-inga.livejournal.com
ohh yeah ... nothing we did will likely work then

Sorry hon. Best of luck.

Non-Toxic Solution

Date: 2010-08-26 09:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] real-jayde.livejournal.com
My mom says you need Diatomaceous Earth. She says you should be able to buy it at most home hardware type stores or garden centres. She says to put it anywhere they ants walk over/get into your house. She also says to use a generous amount. She says it's non-toxic and by the sound of the wikipedia article on it, it's incredibly effective.

:) Heather

Re: Non-Toxic Solution

Date: 2010-08-26 09:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] real-jayde.livejournal.com
Mom also says that it is safe for Georgia to be around.

Re: Non-Toxic Solution

Date: 2010-09-05 08:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eve-the-just.livejournal.com
Yeah, but this kills other creepy crawlies too. I'm not trying to mess up my ecosystem here, I just want to not get bitten.

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