[Summit] carpenter ant solutions that won't kill bees!

Delgado, Mona Moller mona_delgado at brown.edu
Wed Jun 1 09:36:01 CDT 2016


I buy mine at the pool shop on Charles Street.  It is a cleaning agent used
in pools too.

On Tue, May 31, 2016 at 10:02 PM, Breslers <breslerfamily at gmail.com> wrote:

> We use Diatomaceous Earth.  Have for years.
>
> Diatomaceous Earth is ground up fossils- a fine powder- which is like
> broken glass to insects
> but they must come in contact with it for it to cut them and cause them to
> dehydrate.
> Bees & ants go different places, so apply it accordingly.
>
> I actually saw some for sale at J & L Landscaping on rt 44 last week.
>
> Most years I "poof apply" a ring of it to the underside of the shingle
> part of walls outside- where they meet the brick foundation- and around
> basement window frames. That keeps out almost all the ants that used to
> invade us.
>
> It can work on a porch, under an over hang or indoors (rain washes it away)
> It only needs to be applied sparingly, usually "poofed" out of a squeeze
> bottle- the powder makes a little dust cloud easily, if kept properly dry.
> You can get specially made applicator or use cafe-type ketchup/mustard
> dispenser
> but don't lose the little top. If it gets damp it won't cooperate with
> "poofing" for application.
> Apply extra at know paths to nests and insects will bring it to nests on
> their bodies.
>
> It is NOT toxic, mostly calcium & silica, but be sensible- DON'T breathe
> it while applying- the microscopic sharp crystals are likely also not good
> for lungs.
> But the little puffs settle quickly and it does not fly back up in the
> air, once applied.
>
> There is probably a YouTube video about this, come to think of it.
>
> Mrs B
>
> On Tue, May 31, 2016 at 4:58 PM, Ellen Santaniello <esantaniello at gmail.com
> > wrote:
>
>> Howdy collective brain -- Had front porch rebuilt last year and
>> discovered water damage and carpenter ants. Naively hoped the nice new dry
>> conditions would mitigate problem but have seen a few carpenter ants this
>> past week. Want them gone, but do not want to poison pollinators. Anybody
>> have experience with this or a company to recommend? Ellen on Mayflower St.
>>
>>
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