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|Author||Topic: Ants Marching|
posted 05-17-2002 08:57 AM ET (US)
No, I'm not referring to the Dave Matthews Band song, but ants marching on my Whaler. Somehow, we've got an anthill in the housing for the stern light pole. We've sprayed Raid in the opening and are hoping that will end the problem. But I wanted to check to see if anyone else has experienced this problem, and if there's any likelihood that the problem goes deeper than the housing. Do we need to be concerned with ants in the foam core? Any insight would be appreciated. Thanks! -- lks
posted 05-17-2002 10:47 AM ET (US)
Ahoy, another denzien after our treasures!
It might pay to investigate this, I had a motorcycle once entire bed of ants under seat in electrical stuff, found they were feasting on the foam used to secure/waterproof the electrical stuff. Since it was a Japanese bike I just though it was a variation of rice cakes!
posted 05-18-2002 10:13 AM ET (US)
Cover the boat tightly, then smoke bomb the whole boat. You probably have black ants and they will destroy all of the foam in short order. This is the only sure fire way.Raid only contacts the ones you can see.
posted 05-18-2002 10:20 AM ET (US)
if you have an ant problem get "AMDRO" it is an ant food that kills them in the nest,,,,it is the best thing around,,it realy works
posted 05-18-2002 10:49 PM ET (US)
Funny what you learn here. I was just sitting here wondering how I was going to get the ants out of my Kitchen. Wifes been yelling at me for a week. They just crawl over those black plastic ant traps!
posted 05-20-2002 12:18 PM ET (US)
I would tend to go with the smoke bomb (fumigation) idea. You have a potentially serious problem here. Jameso has hit the nail on the head for one variety of ant.
Or, it could be carpenter ants feasting on the wood reinforcement. (The variety of Carpenter ants I am familiar with are about 3/8 in long, and their antennae have a little 45 degree crook in them).
A note on Amdro: It is absolutely the best thing I have ever come across for fire ants, but I am not sure it will work for this application. It is essentially an enzyme that will render the ant queens sterile. I used to broadcast it on my acre east of Dallas at about 1 pound per acre. After about 3 weeks, most of the fire ant hills were gone and it would take them 3 months to come back. I would not use the stuff inside or in a boat however, since it has to be carried by the workers to the queens. (The queens then eat it and become sterile). I think the ants are already eating something. so it won't work here.
posted 05-20-2002 02:52 PM ET (US)
After you use the boat, clean up should include abit of bleach in with scrub water. Won't have ants,etc. David
posted 05-20-2002 08:54 PM ET (US)
DrT,, I live in Az. and use it on sugar ants, black ants,,,,,for the sugar ants i grind it up to a powder,,for big ants a small amount around the nest .50cent size circle,, and it is gone the next day and so are the ants,,,the whole nest DIES,,,
posted 05-20-2002 09:03 PM ET (US)
LKS-- Oh, occasionally dip your ropes in abit of mild bleached water as well. D
posted 05-20-2002 11:34 PM ET (US)
This appears to be an over-winter infestation. They're tiny ants, I don't think carpenter ants. Boat's been in the garage since October and received a good bath before being put away. Suggestions on where to get AMDRO?
posted 05-21-2002 08:43 AM ET (US)
posted 05-22-2002 10:30 AM ET (US)
Hmmm....they may have changed the formulation of AMDRO since I last used it in '96.
It is very interesting just how fast the stuff disappears when you put it around a nest.
Fortunately we don't have many bug problems in Colorado (except that we are currently being plagued with moths).
posted 05-22-2002 03:07 PM ET (US)
Chinese chalk. draw a couple of lines where they tread. gone for good next day. don`t come back. not sure what the base ingredient is. probably arsenic. good to wear gloves and clen up after use. steve out.
posted 05-24-2002 01:25 AM ET (US)
If it makes you feel any better, I discovered not only ants but chiggers in my boat.
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