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Old 08-30-2016, 07:33 PM   #1
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Ants..carpenter ants and some small one too..

Well, I have been diligent about using Terro, and homemade mixtures, and I give up. They are coming from a tree that is close to my 5th wheel. I am dreading bombing them, because of the clean up involved and I have a dog. I do know that the propane would have to be turned off. Would bombing from under the rig be worth a try? I am seasonal. 4 years parked and this is the first time I have had this issue with ants all season!
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Old 08-31-2016, 12:16 PM   #2
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We've dealt with ants both at home and at our seasonal sites. Believe it or not, we've had pretty good luck with the cheap little ant traps that you can buy at Wal-Mart. They come in a box of 4 or 6 and only cost a few bucks but they really seem to work.

It may take a few days but it must eventually take out the entire nest. The trick is to not kill them immediately when you see them. You have to let them take the poison back to the nest and eventually to the queen.
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Old 08-31-2016, 03:54 PM   #3
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I have used all the different traps, since we opened in May.
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Old 09-01-2016, 05:53 AM   #4
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Hunt down the nest and let 'em drink some of this. Spray the entire trail from point of origin to the camper and hope they have not started a secondary home inside. If so, you've gotta find them. Might be time for some camper mods.
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Old 09-01-2016, 08:09 AM   #5
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This is what I've been using around the house. It works! I also use it near trees where I've seen activity.

http://www.epestsupply.com/cgi-bin/s...A#.V8gZ15qDmnM

Read the directions carefully for best results. I've placed a few of these near trees (but not too close) or around the house and eventually they are all gone.


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Old 09-01-2016, 08:29 AM   #6
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Different ants seek out different types of food (bait) at different times of the year. Try to identify the specific type of ant and then use the appropriate bait for that ant at that time of year. If you can kill the queen the colony will die or leave.
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Old 09-01-2016, 11:08 AM   #7
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Definitely Carpenter ants. Thanks for all the suggestions. Heading to camper tomorrow.
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Old 09-01-2016, 11:43 AM   #8
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Definitely Carpenter ants. Thanks for all the suggestions. Heading to camper tomorrow.
You might not want to hear this but carpenter ants need a source of water (i.e. leak) before they decide to set up residence. If, that is your situation, you need to locate the water source, as in leaky roof, side wall, etc. It may even be a punky log close to your unit, that is the water source, your house becomes their house because of close proximity. Once you have eliminated the water source, the ants will leave.
That is not to be confused with the scout ants in the colony that are out locating food, like sweets, ripened fruits (moisture laden ) morsels to feed on. The hierarchy in the colony assigns certain ants in the group to forage for food, and moist important water, and in certain circumstances, return with the goodies to your unit, to feed the younger and non forage tasking ants.

The way you know this is to observe the carperters you see and crush a few. If you see lots of liquid, they are there to stay, until you either destroy the nest, or better yet, REMOVE the moisture. Less toxicity to you, pets, oh and small children, who should NEVER be subjected to any pesticide, no matter how safe the label tells you it is. Just sayin'
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My source for information and products for pest control is http://www.doyourownpestcontrol.com/ The site is packed full of helpful info and the products I have tried have all worked as expected.
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Go to your local HD/WM etc and buy a gallon of "Home Defense" Works!!!! Even fire ants.....You can also buy a bag of ant killer and spread it over the ground...Put some on the ant hill and tie your pets for a few days..looks like fine brown sugar....We use both at our CG in Fl.....and home ...J
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