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Old 28 May 2006, 02:04
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Ok, so you may remember that last year I had a problem with massive spiders in my appartment.

Tonight I have discovered that I am starting with an ant infestation in my kitchen. So far they haven't reached the food, which is good, but there quite a number of them. They also haven't yet spread to the rest of the appartment (which is only quite small).

I'm not sure where they are coming in from, as there are some on my main work surface, some on the floor near the bin (under the afore mentioned work surface), and some around the washing machine (other side of the kitchen).

What I am wondering if anyone can help me out with, is quite simple.

How do I get rid of them?

Bear in mind that I have two cats, and my kitchen is open plan into my living room, so things such as ant powder or liquid are totally out of the question as I can't have any type of poison as it is impossible to keep the cats out of the kitchen.

So, I'm open to suggestions.
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Old 28 May 2006, 02:06
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Old 28 May 2006, 02:07
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Can't put any type of poison down, including raid, due to my cats though
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Old 28 May 2006, 02:14
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Do nothing. Your cats will eat anything that moves.

If we are talking 1000's and you can't sit on the sofa with out a crunch sound, then pack the cats in a box and go somewere for a few hours while you bug bomb the unit.
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Old 28 May 2006, 02:19
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Do nothing. Your cats will eat anything that moves.

If we are talking 1000's and you can't sit on the sofa with out a crunch sound, then pack the cats in a box and go somewere for a few hours while you bug bomb the unit.
Get an ant eater, or aardvark.

Bear in mind that it may well disturb the hell out of your cats.
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Old 28 May 2006, 02:20
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Zachriah probably suggested the best option, take you and your cats out of the house for a bit and set off a bug bomb.
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Old 28 May 2006, 02:25
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At the moment there appears to be approx 100 (or at least that I can see) but there were none until a couple of days ago when I first saw one and squished it.

I'll probably have to bear with it until Tuesday anyway (darn bank holidays ) and then get in touch with the council and see if they can do anything about them, so I'm really thinking about something that will just control them a bit till I can get someone in to sort them out.
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Old 28 May 2006, 02:52
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Are they the little, tiny black ones? They are attracted to moisture and most likely are nesting somewhere in the wall or cabinets. I had a similar problem for two years and discovered that they were coming all the way across my driveway from a wooded area, going up a tree that had water in a knot in the tree, coming back down, going under a old concrete slab into the wall, up two floors and nesting in a window sill that leaked and was providing constant moisture in the wall. I cut the tree down, dug up the concrete slab and repaired the window frame and drywall...finally got rid of them. An exterminator is your best bet.
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Old 28 May 2006, 02:54
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Maybe look for ant baits or ant traps: http://www.killsbugsdead.com/fop_ab.asp
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Old 28 May 2006, 02:57
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Maybe look for ant baits or ant traps: http://www.killsbugsdead.com/fop_ab.asp
this was going to be my suggestion... ant traps. Works well for me
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Old 28 May 2006, 03:02
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Originally Posted by fewyn
Zachriah probably suggested the best option, take you and your cats out of the house for a bit and set off a bug bomb.
I agree, then after set out ant traps...
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Old 28 May 2006, 04:23
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Gas is the better option as it dissipates less than a 24 hour period. Safe for your cats as it leaves no residue, though, it is an expensive route. While I don't have the name of it there is an effective solution in which you place one drop of a special concentrated liquid in the ant route and in soon time the ants drop off.
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Old 28 May 2006, 09:46
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PT is right gas works real good on ants, I've never used it inside though...

I'd send the cats away for a few days until you can take care of the problem. Have someone come in an nuke 'em for you, it'll cost you but it's better than fighting them with over the counter stuff. You have to find the source if you want them gone for good.
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Old 28 May 2006, 13:03
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I have read that the artificial sweetener aspartame (Equal/Nutrasweet) will kill ants, but have not tried it myself. It should be safe for your cats.
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Old 28 May 2006, 13:04
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I have read that the artificial sweetener aspartame (Equal/Nutrasweet) will kill ants, but have not tried it myself. It should be safe for your cats.
It works.
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