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#1 User is offline   marc 

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Posted 23 August 2009 - 09:57 AM

I have a small ant problem, Prior to cooking I see a few ants roaming aournd my BBQ. I sprinkled ant barrier around the table and BBQ, also the etire patio area. but they come back in a few days. I have no problem eating burnt ants, but rather not. Any ideas. I do not want to spray the entire back yard. I have many birds that I like around.

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Posted 23 August 2009 - 10:01 AM

View Postmarc, on Aug 23 2009, 10:57 AM, said:

I have a small ant problem, Prior to cooking I see a few ants roaming aournd my BBQ. I sprinkled ant barrier around the table and BBQ, also the etire patio area. but they come back in a few days. I have no problem eating burnt ants, but rather not. Any ideas. I do not want to spray the entire back yard. I have many birds that I like around.

any help?

Marc
I am not trying to be funny but do you no what kind of ants they are ?
Are they only around the grill or are they elseware in your backyard?
Have you seen any mounds or anthills?
Is it possible they are termites?
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Posted 23 August 2009 - 10:44 AM

View PostRonald, on Aug 23 2009, 11:01 AM, said:

Marc
I am not trying to be funny but do you no what kind of ants they are ?
Are they only around the grill or are they elseware in your backyard?
Have you seen any mounds or anthills?
Is it possible they are termites?

Not taken as funny, but helpful. Not termites, not carpenter ants, small house ants, do not know any names, no visable ant hills, but I have a large garden to be hidding in. If I saw an ant hill. I would attack that first.
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Posted 23 August 2009 - 11:14 AM

View Postmarc, on Aug 23 2009, 11:44 AM, said:

Not taken as funny, but helpful. Not termites, not carpenter ants, small house ants, do not know any names, no visable ant hills, but I have a large garden to be hidding in. If I saw an ant hill. I would attack that first.

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Have you cleaned your grease tray?
No animals come to the grill, just aints?
Usually small animals will show up if they smell the grease.
Are you using any sweet marinades or sauces?
It would seem like the ants would be more prone to attack the garden
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We are talking gas grill right?
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Posted 23 August 2009 - 11:17 AM

View Postmarc, on Aug 23 2009, 09:57 AM, said:

any help?


been using terro ant traps for about 4 years now

results in about 3 days after they feast and go back to the nest

then straight amonia sprayed around kills the trails they followed to the grill
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Posted 23 August 2009 - 01:02 PM

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Get one of these. I actually have two and have started a breeding program.

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Posted 23 August 2009 - 05:04 PM

View Postmarc, on Aug 23 2009, 10:57 AM, said:

I have a small ant problem, Prior to cooking I see a few ants roaming aournd my BBQ. I sprinkled ant barrier around the table and BBQ, also the etire patio area. but they come back in a few days. I have no problem eating burnt ants, but rather not. Any ideas. I do not want to spray the entire back yard. I have many birds that I like around.

any help?


You might try dusting Comet powder, used for cleaning, on the patio where the legs of the grill touch the patio. Heard this will keep ants away. Hope this might work!

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Posted 23 August 2009 - 06:47 PM

View PostRonald, on Aug 23 2009, 12:14 PM, said:

Marc
Have you cleaned your grease tray?
No animals come to the grill, just aints?
Usually small animals will show up if they smell the grease.
Are you using any sweet marinades or sauces?
It would seem like the ants would be more prone to attack the garden
Shelly
Is our resident critter & insect expert , he will chime in before to long


btw
We are talking gas grill right?


i clean the grease try once a week, what ever i cook, i always use high heat to vaperise everything that is left.

BTW, I just gave up and bugged spray the backyard.
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Posted 23 August 2009 - 06:52 PM

View Postold_grouch, on Aug 23 2009, 12:17 PM, said:

been using terro ant traps for about 4 years now

results in about 3 days after they feast and go back to the nest

then straight amonia sprayed around kills the trails they followed to the grill


that brings this up, i was using AMDRO Ant Block and it was working, went to home depot and bought Spectracide Ant Shield and then I saw my problem. I will go back to AMDRO
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I wish that my rat problem was as easy to solve as this.

Get one of these. I actually have two and have started a breeding program.

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I hear anteaters are a distant cousin to Waggles!
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Posted 31 August 2009 - 09:01 AM

View PostHillCitybbqer, on Aug 23 2009, 05:04 PM, said:

You might try dusting Comet powder, used for cleaning, on the patio where the legs of the grill touch the patio. Heard this will keep ants away. Hope this might work!

Ron


Although it sounds ridiculous, just sprinkle baby powder around the perimiter of your grill. What seems so silky smooth to us is like crawling over razor blades to the aunt. Although it sounds cruel & gross it will rip their body to shreds when they crawl accross it.
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Posted 31 August 2009 - 10:03 AM

View PostTony M, on Aug 24 2009, 11:38 AM, said:

I hear anteaters are a distant cousin to Waggles!


Waggles back in the news? :blink:

I always thought that! Take away the long snout and what have your got? A Waggle! ;)

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