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Old 07-29-2016, 08:24 PM   #1
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Ants, Ants and More Ants!

I posted a couple months ago about an ant problem that we had in a TT. We had found large areas of chewed up Styrofoam insulation under the bathroom cabinet, under the bathtub and in the back storage compartment next to the bathroom. We cleaned it all up, put about 6 Terro Liquid Ant Baits inside the camper and used Terro granuals all over the ground around the camper and underneath it. Took it out 2 weeks later and saw just a couple ants inside. Fast forward another 2 weeks, which was this week. We left for camping Monday and just got back today. From the first day through the third day we were at the campgrounds, we were killing ants almost constantly. We checked the areas where there was chewed up insulation before and there was only a tiny amount, which could have been some left behind from the previous clean up. Some of the ant baits were empty, a couple had a little bit still in them. By the third day, we decided to find a Wal-Mart to go get more bait. Put 6 more in there. By the time we left to come home today, there were just a few that we had seen and they were only in the bathtub. Ok, now my questions...why would there be more of them AFTER treating than before treating? We found so many of them in the bathtub. Every 30 minutes of so, we would find more of them in there. Why would they be going into the bathtub and is it possible for them to be coming up through the drain from the greywater tank? This morning when I got up, there were 2 of them in the tub but these 2 had wings. Can anyone please help?
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Old 07-29-2016, 08:57 PM   #2
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Are you sure they were ants and not termites? Wings? Chewed up styrofoam? Sounds more like termites to me.
I have found liquid spray way more effective against ants as I have been down this road several times. Once at Mistletoe State Park, they were coming in through the AC vents and drinking the dripped water from the units. To make it even more bazaar, they were coming off the tree limbs over the TT and not from the ground which is the first think I spray when setting up. Anything that touches the ground gets sprayed.
The roof was a different story. I had to borrow another camper's ladder to get up on the roof to spray it. We even had ants in bed with us. I drenched the unit in the middle of the night. After spraying the roof, no more ants.
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Old 07-31-2016, 04:48 PM   #3
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Are you sure they were ants and not termites? Wings? Chewed up styrofoam? Sounds more like termites to me.
I have found liquid spray way more effective against ants as I have been down this road several times. Once at Mistletoe State Park, they were coming in through the AC vents and drinking the dripped water from the units. To make it even more bazaar, they were coming off the tree limbs over the TT and not from the ground which is the first think I spray when setting up. Anything that touches the ground gets sprayed.
The roof was a different story. I had to borrow another camper's ladder to get up on the roof to spray it. We even had ants in bed with us. I drenched the unit in the middle of the night. After spraying the roof, no more ants.
I did a search online to look at pictures of ants and termites. They are definitely not termites. Their body shape is different. From what I read is that regular ants get wings when they are going to mate, then after that, they fall off. I never heard of such a thing. Now I don't know if the larger ones that were in the camper for the first 3 days are ones from where we store the camper and that came along for the ride and then the winged ones might have been from the campground we were staying at. We have been camping for years and have never had a problem like this before. I guess we will keep putting more poison out and try the spray also. After spraying on the roof, how often would we need to spray? Would the rain wash it away?
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Old 07-31-2016, 05:17 PM   #4
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If you have a rubber roof, I would be very careful spraying most ant sprays on it.
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I have tried Terro all over (house AND trailer) and have yet to see it kill even one ant. They just avoid it.
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We live in a wooded area and I have good luck with Terro but it does take some time to kill off the ants. In some cases I have found after a day or two while the ants appear to be killed those still in eggs start to hatch and forage. Also depending upon the area there can be multiple colonies and once one its dead you start seeing ants from another. I use a combination of sprayed chemicals and Terro. I use the chemicals around the exterior of the TT and my house. I also use Terro baits outside and drops on the inside. A money saver note is you can reuse the outdoor baits. Just buy a bottle of Terro for half the price and squirt some into the bait opening.
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Old 07-31-2016, 05:42 PM   #7
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Might try this. http://thebugskiller.com/how-to-kill...st-ant-killer/

https://www.amazon.com/Advion-Insect...tag=bugkill-20
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Flybob may have a valid point about spraying your roof depending on what it's made of. My roof is fiberglass, so I can spray what I wish. The spray I use isn't that powerful and has very little smell to it unlike some of the industrial strength chemicals.
I asked the park ranger if I could trim some of the small branches over our unit and darn if he didn't do it for us.
I would assume that the spray will wash off after each rain, but you don't have to spray the entire roof, just where the ants were falling.
I always use spray as IMHO, the powders are nasty and ineffective and leave residue or so has been my personal experience with them. I use the same spray at home and haven't had a sick pet from it. I always carry a gallon with us where ever we go. The South is infamous for our insects.
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ants the last 2-3 years around my home have been terrible... I finally purchased this which you mix with water and spray... ants gone from the area in about 5 minutes... got it on Amazon
water soluble probably makes it OK for roof application, but I will not vouch for that...
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Old 08-01-2016, 02:42 PM   #10
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This stuff works much better than sprays. It is Sevin Powder. I put it around the levelers, where the cords/hoses leave the ground, and around the tires. I have yet to get an ant in my trailers, while camping (over 3 years).
Sevin 1 lb. Ready-to-Use 5% Dust Garden Insect Killer Shaker Bottle-100508222 - The Home Depot

I did get some ants in the tongue of my trailer, while sitting in my driveway, but the terro baits took quick care of them (within days). For those that say they have never "seen" terro kill anything, it doesn't work that way. It is a bait. They eat it, share it, and they all die. If you have a lot of ants, you may have more than one colony. You will need to put out a fresh terro bait container every week for a few weeks to make sure you get all of the colonies in the area.
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