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Veritas
Sep 18th, 2009, 01:47 PM
I have a slight problem with ants in my home at the moment. Is there a humane way for me to get rid of them? Part of the reason for that is I don't want to use potentially harmful chemicals in my kitchen and these pests are harmless and just looking for sweet stuff.

Any suggestions will be much appreciated :wavey:

Tennisballova
Sep 18th, 2009, 01:52 PM
Find the holes or cracks in your house where the ants are coming from. Then make sure you stop the holes and cracks so they can not enter the house anymore. Or use those ant traps.

Sam L
Sep 18th, 2009, 02:15 PM
Blow them away.

Tennisballova
Sep 18th, 2009, 02:34 PM
Yeah, that's humane :lol:

MyskinaManiac
Sep 18th, 2009, 02:41 PM
Ants aren't human so there's no need to be humane. Personally, I'd remove one self from the situation/area of infestation, because if we're going to be all eco-friendly, they (the ants) seriously were there before you were. Terra nullius... ohhh... no you didn't!

rockstar
Sep 18th, 2009, 02:46 PM
humane way of getting rid of ants :unsure:

i love killing ants in big numbers, drowning, insecticide, oh no! :sobbing:

pierce85
Sep 18th, 2009, 03:24 PM
euthanize them

drake3781
Sep 18th, 2009, 04:27 PM
Best thing to do is kill them as soon as you see them, so more do not come in. They seem to follow each other. I just smash them with my finger. Then wash the area where they were so the other ones don't find their trail. I like to be nice to bugs too (for example I catch them and take them outside), but you cannot deal with ants that way due to small size and potentially huge number and if they start a "colony" inside you are in deeper trouble.

Pasta-Na
Sep 18th, 2009, 04:31 PM
drown them with piss. :o

Kworb
Sep 18th, 2009, 04:39 PM
Kill them all or this will happen to you in your sleep.

R3Mt2E1M6dU

Barrie_Dude
Sep 18th, 2009, 05:28 PM
Cover them in chocolate and feed them to your girlfriend


http://blogs.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/food/grubs.jpg

MaBaker
Sep 18th, 2009, 05:41 PM
^Great idea. You're single, right ?

Sally Struthers
Sep 18th, 2009, 06:20 PM
once i left a bowl of fruit as decorations in a room and forgot about it for a few days. When I discovered what I had done, there were hundreds of ants crawling all over the apples. I quickly grabbed the bowl and ran it to the microwave, thinking I could kill them all and stop them from crawling all over me while I disposed of the bowl. Imagine my surprise when the ants started running at hyperspeed after about 30 seconds on high power! :speakles: After upping it to 2 minutes they all died and I had a huge mess to clean :sobbing:

RYNJ
Sep 18th, 2009, 06:24 PM
once i left a bowl of fruit as decorations in a room and forgot about it for a few days. When I discovered what I had done, there were hundreds of ants crawling all over the apples. I quickly grabbed the bowl and ran it to the microwave, thinking I could kill them all and stop them from crawling all over me while I disposed of the bowl. Imagine my surprise when the ants started running at hyperspeed after about 30 seconds on high power! :speakles: After upping it to 2 minutes they all died and I had a huge mess to clean :sobbing:
:tape:

Barrie_Dude
Sep 18th, 2009, 06:39 PM
^Great idea. You're single, right ?
Nope! I knows how to treat the ladies! :lol:

ce
Sep 18th, 2009, 06:58 PM
once i left a bowl of fruit as decorations in a room and forgot about it for a few days. When I discovered what I had done, there were hundreds of ants crawling all over the apples. I quickly grabbed the bowl and ran it to the microwave, thinking I could kill them all and stop them from crawling all over me while I disposed of the bowl. Imagine my surprise when the ants started running at hyperspeed after about 30 seconds on high power! :speakles: After upping it to 2 minutes they all died and I had a huge mess to clean :sobbing:

OMG post of the year :tape: :haha:
i have problem with them too :weirdo:
i kill them any way possible :help:

TheFifthAvocado
Sep 18th, 2009, 07:52 PM
once i left a bowl of fruit as decorations in a room and forgot about it for a few days. When I discovered what I had done, there were hundreds of ants crawling all over the apples. I quickly grabbed the bowl and ran it to the microwave, thinking I could kill them all and stop them from crawling all over me while I disposed of the bowl. Imagine my surprise when the ants started running at hyperspeed after about 30 seconds on high power! :speakles: After upping it to 2 minutes they all died and I had a huge mess to clean :sobbing:

:speakles:

Brett.
Sep 18th, 2009, 07:55 PM
Vacuum Cleaner! ;)

drake3781
Sep 18th, 2009, 08:15 PM
Sustain nature's intricate food chain and remarkable ecosystem, linking predator to prey ...

And employ one of these as a pet ... they eat ants.


http://www.geocities.com/shadowsoftherainforest/GiantAnteater.gif



So cute... I Want One !!!

lympyisthebest
Sep 18th, 2009, 08:23 PM
Sustain nature's intricate food chain and remarkable ecosystem, linking predator to prey ...

And employ one of these as a pet ... they eat ants.


http://www.geocities.com/shadowsoftherainforest/GiantAnteater.gif

Sick 'em Rex. :drool:

tennislover
Sep 18th, 2009, 08:47 PM
most scaring thread ever :scared:

Tennisballova
Sep 18th, 2009, 08:49 PM
once i left a bowl of fruit as decorations in a room and forgot about it for a few days. When I discovered what I had done, there were hundreds of ants crawling all over the apples. I quickly grabbed the bowl and ran it to the microwave, thinking I could kill them all and stop them from crawling all over me while I disposed of the bowl. Imagine my surprise when the ants started running at hyperspeed after about 30 seconds on high power! :speakles: After upping it to 2 minutes they all died and I had a huge mess to clean :sobbing:
:eek: :haha:

Sustain nature's intricate food chain and remarkable ecosystem, linking predator to prey ...

And employ one of these as a pet ... they eat ants.


http://www.geocities.com/shadowsoftherainforest/GiantAnteater.gif
Brilliant!:lol:

Berlin_Calling
Sep 18th, 2009, 11:34 PM
Leave cucumber slices/mint teabags everywhere as ants hate both of them.

Apoleb
Sep 18th, 2009, 11:40 PM
:sobbing:

I can sympathsize. I moved to a new place and there's sort of an ant problem. But I don't do the humane bs. I kill them on site, and usually a bit of detergent is very effective in disorienting them and keeping them away. I'm planning though on getting poison (the real deal), which supposedly results in a mass implosion in the primary colony.

RYNJ
Sep 19th, 2009, 12:01 AM
My roommate used to use duck tape...

moby
Sep 19th, 2009, 12:47 AM
My roommate used to use duck tape...That's what my sister does.

I lure them in with sugar and drown them.

F-R-E-A-K
Sep 19th, 2009, 12:49 AM
:haha: :haha:








:help:

Scotso
Sep 19th, 2009, 01:15 AM
There's no "humane" way to get rid of them.

Spread diatomaceous earth around your house.

Veritas
Sep 19th, 2009, 01:55 AM
Thanks for the suggestions, although I don't think I'll be trying out all of them :unsure:

Best thing to do is kill them as soon as you see them, so more do not come in. They seem to follow each other. I just smash them with my finger. Then wash the area where they were so the other ones don't find their trail. I like to be nice to bugs too (for example I catch them and take them outside), but you cannot deal with ants that way due to small size and potentially huge number and if they start a "colony" inside you are in deeper trouble.

I think they might be living inside the water boiler - at least one of my housemates thinks so. We'll have to figure out how to dismantle the kettle without destroying it since our budgets are at slim pickings right now. If there's a "colony" living in there (which I hope isn't the case) we'll take your suggestion up and destroy it. I mean, I don't know how to get rid of it any other way. It's unlikely that just dumping them in a garden or something will guarantee they won't return into the house.

Leave cucumber slices/mint teabags everywhere as ants hate both of them.

I read that somewhere over the internet as well. Apparently it's the scent that drives them crazy. Problem is trying to work out where they're all coming from ...

I can sympathsize. I moved to a new place and there's sort of an ant problem. But I don't do the humane bs. I kill them on site, and usually a bit of detergent is very effective in disorienting them and keeping them away. I'm planning though on getting poison (the real deal), which supposedly results in a mass implosion in the primary colony.

Um, that's what I wanna void, if possible :unsure: We've got three people in the house and one of them babysits her 2 year old neice there sometimes. We don't want any traces of chemicals or poison as a precaution for when she comes over. If worse comes to worse, we might have to call for pest control (sigh) ...

My roommate used to use duck tape...

I'm not sure whether that'll permanently prevent any more pests from getting into the house but I'll give it a shot anyway :)

Spread diatomaceous earth around your house.

A colleague suggested that to me as well. Apparently I have to work out what route they're taking to get in to the house, then spread the powder across it.

bad_angel_109
Sep 19th, 2009, 07:53 AM
Kill them all or this will happen to you in your sleep.

R3Mt2E1M6dUewww. i havent watched it but even the title freaks me out.

use mortine ;) or just buy an anteater lol

Mashabator
Sep 19th, 2009, 08:06 AM
we got some stuff it was like honey, with poison in it, we put it where all the ants kept going... the ants were like OMG FOOD and they swarmed all over it and it killed them

rockstar
Sep 19th, 2009, 04:03 PM
Kill them all or this will happen to you in your sleep.

R3Mt2E1M6dU

the gecko is dead already so it isnt that gruesome :o

and i love how the ants even dismantled the entire skeletal structure and brought it back :lol: