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ants nesting in attic,climbing the chimney

post #1 of 21
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i've got small black ants climb up my chimney with material to appx. the 2nd floor ceiling attic area.i've laid down a barrier of diazanon but they're going over it.I've heard that if you mix borax and granulated sugar and lay that down it will be taken back to the nest for all to eat and wipe them out.they're not looking for food in the house,yet.these ants are about an eighth inch long with a large abdomin that comes to a point.IDEAS PLEASE!
post #2 of 21
Look up carpenter ants. I had them in my attic and had an exterminator bomb them.
post #3 of 21
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Originally Posted by theshadow
i've got small black ants climb up my chimney with material to appx. the 2nd floor ceiling attic area.i've laid down a barrier of diazanon but they're going over it.I've heard that if you mix borax and granulated sugar and lay that down it will be taken back to the nest for all to eat and wipe them out.they're not looking for food in the house,yet.these ants are about an eighth inch long with a large abdomin that comes to a point.IDEAS PLEASE!


bait them - so that they take the poison back to the nest (check internet or yellow pages for an exterminator supply store in your area). you are ahead of the game if you already know where they are getting in. after you wiipe them out see if can do something to keep them out from the area they were getting into.
post #4 of 21
Thread Starter 
don't believe they're
carpenter ants.i hadthem in another house and the diazinon did the trick.these are way smaller.supposedly the borax way is the least toxic way as a bait.i'm trying to find out if anyone has done it this way and what the ratio of sugar to borax would be.i'd like to keep them traveling as they are so they don't swarm the house,bait for food is the 1st option,bomb is the final solution.THANKS FOR THE INPUT!
post #5 of 21
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i just looked at an ant site and it said BORIC ACID with a sugar .anyone done it this way?
post #6 of 21
in Town Tavern. Good infor on using boric acid/borax. If they are not Carpenter Ants, just bait and kill. If they are carpenter ants, look for wet wood/decomposed wood that needs to be replaced or at least the source of the leak sealed
post #7 of 21
one gallon gasoline, one match
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one gallon gasoline, one match


I was waiting for that.
post #9 of 21
Shadow, see my "Ant Invasion" thread some years back. I learned from that thread to use "TerroAnt" (recommended) amongst other things like the boric acid. Good luck
post #10 of 21
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Originally Posted by Farflung
in Town Tavern. Good infor on using boric acid/borax. If they are not Carpenter Ants, just bait and kill. If they are carpenter ants, look for wet wood/decomposed wood that needs to be replaced or at least the source of the leak sealed
THANKS;IT'S A PRETTY POPULAR SUBJECT THIS TIME OF YEAR AS I SEE.I'D LIKE TO USE THE GASOLINE IDEA BUT I'LL BE CONSERVITIVE AND GO WITH THE BORIC ACID.that way I won't be lookin for a place to live.
post #11 of 21
Had ants last year in attic, called exterminator, $400.00 did around whole house , in/out, used that stuff they carry back to nest...wiped them all out. Haven't seen any yet this year...I HATE BUGS. Expensive but money well spent, wonder if you can buy that stuff online?, it was water based...
good luck. johnny
post #12 of 21
http://www.doyourownpestcontrol.com/

Go here and you should be able to purchase what you need. I am a Licensed Exterminator in New Jersey. I would spray the perimeter of the house and the ant trails with Termidor at a 6% concentration. I would also use the Maxforce Ant Bait for them to bring back to the nest. Good Luck
post #13 of 21
I heard that termador is bad stuff. Some countries banned this chemical. I believe it is banned in some states too.
post #14 of 21
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in Town Tavern. Good infor on using boric acid/borax. If they are not Carpenter Ants, just bait and kill. If they are carpenter ants, look for wet wood/decomposed wood that needs to be replaced or at least the source of the leak sealed

If you have ants (any ants...those don't sound like carpenter ants, carpenter ants are big) you have moisture present (they can't/won't be too far from moisture). That was the first thing I thought when you mentioned the chimney...you have moisture getting in around your chimney, possibly around the sides but more likely at the roof (or through a broken cap...or even the flue). Start at the bottom and work your way up...fixing all the water intrusion issues (positive drainage at the ground level, caulk at the sides (check to see if the FP is settling and/or the chimney is pulling away from the house), go up to the eaves, go on the roof and check the shingles and flashing This is quite often the problem...sometimes there's stuff on the roof (leaves, pine needles, dirt) holding moisture there which then wicks around the flashing and into the attic and down the chimney...often there's no "cricket" at the chimney (look that up) Sometimes the step flashing has pulled away or the sealant into the masonry joints has failed. Check the chimney cap and install a flue cap. You may have to seal the masonry of the chimney above and /or below the roof.
This assumes it's a masonry FP...a sided FP can have the same issues, but can be harder to figure out.
This might be a cheap lesson (early warning) If you have ants and moisture and wood that's the same environment that termites look for...
post #15 of 21
Oh yeah...some ants like sweet, some ants like fat. If you're going to bait them you should use both unless you know which type of ants you have.
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