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Excess rain makes mountains out of ant hills

Posted July 16, 2013

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— Triangle exterminators are busy battling an ant invasion as excess rain in recent weeks is forcing ants from the ground and into people's homes.

As the earth has become saturated with rainfall, ants are moving their colonies to higher ground. As a result, homeowners are seeing more of the pests than normal.

Dan Wyand of Integrity Pest Services says his business has grown more than 60 percent because of the ant calls.

"If it rains, a whole lot of times there's not a whole lot you can do," Wyand said. "But there are things you can do to cut back on the odds of being inundated."

Cutting back bushes, shrubs and other vegetation that touch the home is one step to reduce ants.

Using bug spray to get rid of ants is a bad idea, Wyand said. Though it will kill the insects initially, other ants will just avoid that area and bud, or branch out, making the infestation more difficult to contain. 

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  • OpenM1nd Jul 18, 2013

    "Using bug spray to get rid of ants is a bad idea"

    OK, someone lend me their pet aardvark or anteater for a few days. Besides, it's much better for the environment.

  • 10hummingbirds Jul 18, 2013

    @donniershelton2 - no I have not tried that website yet. Thanks for the info. I have looked up and seen quite a few ideas online, but nothing seems to be working real well. I tried black pepper, vinegar water, and cornstarch last year that someone told me about.
    aliput5 - I will google that and see what I can find. thanks
    I don't leave food sitting out uncovered, so I don't know why they coming in or where.

  • FairPlay Jul 18, 2013

    Does cinnamon work on fire ant hills?

  • btneast Jul 18, 2013

    I caulked a few times by one vent but they kept coming in anyway because I couldn't caulk the area completely

    They kept coming in because you had a food source they are after. If you don't eliminate the food source, they will continue to invade. Could be pet food, crumbs hidden somewhere, etc.

  • aliput5 Jul 17, 2013

    10 hummngbirds do a google for it. You probably will find the organic version which is more expensive. Some gardening stores sell it.DO NOT BUY THE STUFF FOR A SWIMMING--TOXIC. You may also want to google DE It is a great product

  • Mon Account Jul 17, 2013

    Cinnamon does work, but they just move somewhere else. If you use it in your house, it'll smell like Christmas... a lot. Also, if used outside, it blows around/away, so it becomes a chore just to keep up with it. If you have luck with cinnamon then stick with it, though!

    I've successfully used clear caulk around baseboards and air vents where I saw them coming into my old townhome. Took them a few tries to find new gaps but on the 3rd caulking they were thwarted and never returned (outside kitchen wall baseboards, sliding glass door trim, one electrical outlet).

    In my new house I caulked a few times by one vent but they kept coming in anyway because I couldn't caulk the area completely - Orkin just gave me lame traps that they ignored. So I resorted to Combat Ant Killing Gel. Worked very quickly and was easy to apply where no one would be exposed to it (well, humans and pets).

  • jblake1932 Jul 17, 2013

    Busted forecast for our area today, as usual.

  • 678devilish Jul 17, 2013

    sprinkle a little cinnamon on the ant hills

    Thanks for the info. I will certainly try it.

  • dtd1961 Jul 17, 2013

    I sprinkle a little cinnamon on the ant hills, works for me. Just saying.....

  • rand321 Jul 17, 2013

    What is the deal with all the house flies??

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