An exterminator told my friend that when you begin to see ants, they are the scouts. Stop these and you won't have ants. My son discovered that if you spray them with Windex (or any other glass cleaner), they are exterminated. Keep after it for a while and you won't have ants. We have used this for years. 2 days ago our humming bird feeder leaked onto the concrete front porch...the liquid got down in the crack between brick and concrete so there was not way to flush it out. Ants
appeared quickly, I sprayed them with Windex. Watched through the day and kept spraying them. Now ant free! Safe for kids, pets and environment! It is worth a try before you spend hundreds.
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Sharon Tillman - I was kind of wondering about the safety of Windex. We moved to a different
this winter and the previous owners had built a brick patio and walkways. They used sand to set the pavers and there are little brown ants coming up every where. I used to live in Texas and know the trials of killing fire ants, especially in my dogs pen. These don't sting as badly as fire ants but I still don't like them crawling on me or my dog. We had a workman over the other day and he said to put out a half and half mixture of baking soda and corn starch. I put out a bunch of this yesterday and it seems to have worked on some of the little ant hills. Glad to have some other easy suggestions like corn meal or borax!
We bought a home in Iowa in January. When we first looked at the home in October, we had been through a drought all summer. We did not notice any standing water and the grass was growing
well in all areas of the yard. The yard was not fenced but we have since added a wood fence because of our dog. The soil is sandy parts of the yard and clay in the area but the back door out of the garage. We discovered the problems when we had a snowstorm and then a sudden warm up. It was warm enough to melt some of the snow off the roof but the ground was still frozen. The previous home owner used edging blocks around all the beds that rim the house. He did not angle the downspouts enough so the water is able to run away the the house so we know we have to fix that. There is an area right next to the back door out of the garage that is fairly flat and two downspouts run off into that area. Our neighbors backyard is higher than ours and we've now seen that it drains into this same area, adding to the problem. We don't know whether trenching out and putting drainage tubes under ground would fix the issue or it those would just freeze again next winter? There are a lot of trees in the neighborhood and we noticed that a lot of leaves had blown into our yard. Many of the neighbors are 70+ and didn't get the leaves raked last Fall so we have to consider leaves as an on going issue. It is an ugly mess right now and we are still waiting for a thaw to get to work on this problem.
Commented on Apr 02, 2013
I appreciate the thoughts each of you have shared. It is a little better now. I understand Mr.
Hunt's comment because I've seen them blowing into any low spot and blocking the run off. Having trees in the neighborhood if pretty but I guess I'm not used to people not seeing about keeping their leaves raked up on their own property. Here it seems it they blow off their yard they aren't their problem any more!
Our home has a room converted from half of our garage that my husband uses as his "man cave". There's a really awkward closet that wasn't serving much of a purpose. So we worked with Ana
White to come up with a door that also serves as a bookcase! And the best part? You can hardly tell it's a door! We chose to install a deadbolt and use the hidden closet for locking gun storage. It cost about $60 in lumber. For more photos and a link to the plans, you can see my post here http://www.killerbdesigns.com/is-it-a-bookca...