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LKS posted 05-17-2002 08:57 AM ET (US)   Profile for LKS   Send Email to LKS  
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
jameso posted 05-17-2002 10:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for jameso  Send Email to jameso     
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!
Jim Armstrong
Boston Marine posted 05-18-2002 10:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for Boston Marine    
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.
JohnAz posted 05-18-2002 10:20 AM ET (US)     Profile for JohnAz  Send Email to JohnAz     
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
Landlocked posted 05-18-2002 10:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for Landlocked  Send Email to Landlocked     
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!


Dr T posted 05-20-2002 12:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dr T  Send Email to Dr T     
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.

David Ratusnik posted 05-20-2002 02:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Ratusnik  Send Email to David Ratusnik     
After you use the boat, clean up should include abit of bleach in with scrub water. Won't have ants,etc. David
JohnAz posted 05-20-2002 08:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for JohnAz  Send Email to JohnAz     
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,,,
David Ratusnik posted 05-20-2002 09:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Ratusnik  Send Email to David Ratusnik     
LKS-- Oh, occasionally dip your ropes in abit of mild bleached water as well. D
LKS posted 05-20-2002 11:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for LKS  Send Email to LKS     
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?
JohnAz posted 05-21-2002 08:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for JohnAz  Send Email to JohnAz     
Dr T posted 05-22-2002 10:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for Dr T  Send Email to Dr T     
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).

Steve Leone posted 05-22-2002 03:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for Steve Leone  Send Email to Steve Leone     
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.
rsgwynn1 posted 05-24-2002 01:25 AM ET (US)     Profile for rsgwynn1  Send Email to rsgwynn1     
If it makes you feel any better, I discovered not only ants but chiggers in my boat.

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