Ants in my pants - woe is me.

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I have a nest of tiny little ants somewhere in the wall above my sink. They disappear behind the corner of a window frame.

This afternoon I tried ANTRID which is a sweet syrup containing poison. They walked up to this, had a sniff and ran away.

Next I tried Mortein ANTSAND -they showed no interest in this at all.

What is my next move Boggers ?

Thanks,

Willie.
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Reply By: Emu 65 - Monday, Apr 28, 2014 at 05:38

Monday, Apr 28, 2014 at 05:38
Hi Willie

See if you can find something called Crawley Cruncher. You may be successful at Woolies, but it is hard to find.

It's a surface spray and pretty toxic so care/avoid food preparation areas.

Great around the tyres where you park to keep the buggers away.

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Follow Up By: Gone Bush - Monday, Apr 28, 2014 at 06:13

Monday, Apr 28, 2014 at 06:13
Crawley Cruncher is great, but trying to find it in a shop is Mission Impossible.

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Follow Up By: Willie - Monday, Apr 28, 2014 at 18:47

Monday, Apr 28, 2014 at 18:47
Thanks for the info. The nest entry is six inches from my sink, so it is not a good spot for a powerful surface spray.

If the borax fails, I will buy some Crawley Cruncher and spray it onto another suface - then apply it around the entry hole with a cotton bud. If I do this though, I suspect they will just look for another exit. Anything is worth a go though.

Thanks a lot,

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Reply By: JohnS - Monday, Apr 28, 2014 at 16:22

Monday, Apr 28, 2014 at 16:22
put a bit of borax mixed in with icing sugar in a container shallow enough for them to easily get in to. That does the trick.
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Follow Up By: Willie - Monday, Apr 28, 2014 at 18:38

Monday, Apr 28, 2014 at 18:38
John,

That will be my first plan of attack, thanks. If it does not work I will seek out plan B.

I am in Beachport SA today and I doubt if it has a chemist for the borax. It might have to wait until I get to Robe.

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Follow Up By: Nearly There - Tuesday, Apr 29, 2014 at 04:57

Tuesday, Apr 29, 2014 at 04:57
This works well, you won't need this quantity, adjust amount to suit.

Ingredients:
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons boric acid
3 cups warm water

Mix the sugar and boric acid well, add the warm water slowly, mixing all the while so it won't be too lumpy.

The ants eat the solution, take it back to their nest and die. We had a big infestation and tried it, all ants were gone in 36 hours.
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Follow Up By: Willie - Tuesday, Apr 29, 2014 at 06:27

Tuesday, Apr 29, 2014 at 06:27
Thanks for the recipe. Is boric acid readily available at hardware stores .
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Reply By: Spydor - Monday, Apr 28, 2014 at 19:06

Monday, Apr 28, 2014 at 19:06
Hi, Willie.
I purchased my "crawley cruncher" at out local Bunnings store. Hope this helps.
Maybe google it before you try to find a store??
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Follow Up By: Gone Bush - Tuesday, Apr 29, 2014 at 05:50

Tuesday, Apr 29, 2014 at 05:50
How long ago was that Spydor?

I've searched Bunnings for it (our local is your local) without success.


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Reply By: Spydor - Tuesday, Apr 29, 2014 at 19:17

Tuesday, Apr 29, 2014 at 19:17
Hi, Stephen. Yes, I admit it was some time ago that I bought it. I just checked with Bunnings and they no longer stock it. Probably because it works!!!!!. However, I googled "crawley cruncher" and it is still being manufactured by a company called NATIONAL CHEMICAL PTY LTD. You can purchase it on line at a cost of $10.50 per litre.( spray bottle) They currently have stock and the product code is ISCC 1LTR- NC
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Reply By: Emu 65 - Tuesday, Apr 29, 2014 at 22:10

Tuesday, Apr 29, 2014 at 22:10
Back again Willie,

Diazinon is the generic name for Crawley Cruncher. Google it if you're interested. I found a 5 litre concentrated tin of it (we are on an acre of ground and ants drive us nuts) at an agricultural supply mob near Beenleigh here in SE Qld.

It was horrendously expensive (about $265) but the dilution makes it go a long way. Buying it in 1 litre containers for us is simply too expensive.

Hope this helps

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Reply By: Willie - Tuesday, Apr 29, 2014 at 23:59

Tuesday, Apr 29, 2014 at 23:59
I have asked for borax and boric acid at two chemists and two hardware stores.

They just give me blank looks.

Where did you people buy yours ?

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Follow Up By: sharon&ian - Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 05:38

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 05:38
Crawly cruncher can be bought at any woollies store. It's in the section with the fly sprays and in a yellow spray pack. Excellent stuff.
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Reply By: Uncle Dodgy - Wednesday, Apr 30, 2014 at 01:02

Wednesday, Apr 30, 2014 at 01:02
We bought some Borax at Bunnings in Mt Isa.
I think I have seen it on the shelf in IGA once.
We mixed 50% - 50% by volume with honey, put it in a beer bottle cap and placed the cap next to their trail.
Did a good job and reasonably quick too.
When finished simply place the laced bottle cap in a sealable plastic bag and into the bin.
Do keep it off your fingers and wash really well after handling.
Aparently the little blighters carry it back to the nest and die, and as the blighters eat their dead, they cop it too and it kills the infestation in the wall linings.
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Reply By: Tassie Bushies - Wednesday, Apr 30, 2014 at 07:21

Wednesday, Apr 30, 2014 at 07:21
Hi Willie,
I used to get Borax at Woolworths-But not lately.

You can still get it here at IGA stores, it is used by spinners to wash their wool, is a stain remover, deodoriser,fabric softener, and usually near the costic soda.

In a white plastic squat container 110mm high X 100mm wide, with a (Bright red top, I think I have seen it with a mid green top- maybe to appease the green brigade?)

I carry it all the time, small mounds around the van in the bush certainly help, so does boiling water!!!!!!!!!!!
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Reply By: Willie - Wednesday, Apr 30, 2014 at 07:53

Wednesday, Apr 30, 2014 at 07:53
John and Peter - thanks. I will check out the first IGA we come to.
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Reply By: 2 Jays - Thursday, May 01, 2014 at 20:49

Thursday, May 01, 2014 at 20:49
I'm in WA and got a 1 kg container from Bunnings recently.
"Dead ant, dead ant, dead ant dead ant dead ant dead ant, dead aaaant."

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Reply By: Gone Bush - Thursday, May 01, 2014 at 21:08

Thursday, May 01, 2014 at 21:08
Willie,

if you end up buying some Borax (it's a white powder) you can also use it to sort out aches and pains like sore hips etc (bursitis & arthritis).

Stick your little finger into your mouth up to the first joint so it is wet then push it into the Borax. This will make it stick to the wet part of your finger. Must be your little finger.

Stick it in your mouth. Tastes like sherbet.

This is all according to Mrs Bush. I won't touch the stuff!!

Update: she was watching me type this and apparently I get some in my cereal every morning !! I suggested she alternate with powdered Viagra but was clipped over the ear.

Anyway, I only take Viagra so I don't roll out of bed.

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Follow Up By: Willie - Thursday, May 01, 2014 at 21:34

Thursday, May 01, 2014 at 21:34
Stephen,
I am a bit dubious about sucking borax when is poisonous to ants. I will stick to the viagra I think - it might stop me rolling in bed and leaving my wife with no blanket.
Willie.
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Follow Up By: Gone Bush - Thursday, May 01, 2014 at 22:57

Thursday, May 01, 2014 at 22:57
When you next have 5 minutes to spare Willie, read this:

Borax

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Reply By: Titans - Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 00:07

Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 00:07
We've used Antrid for years. When you first put it down they seem to ignore it but if you go and do something else and come back later they are all hanging around in this stuff. They take it back to their nest and you do see ants again. Well not until next time anyway. Works for us and it is only a little bottle that you have to cart with you.
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Follow Up By: Titans - Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 00:42

Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 00:42
Oops - 'do' should have read 'don't see ants again'
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Reply By: pete152 - Monday, Feb 02, 2015 at 02:07

Monday, Feb 02, 2015 at 02:07
Hello,

You can get the one litre bottles from

www.gettrapped.com.au

Cheers,
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