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#527469 - 04/13/08 10:41 AM Sugar Ant Season

Okay. So every year my house is explored by tiny black sugar ants that somehow get in the house. Christopher's cage was in another room last summer and we moved him several months ago into a different room.While just this morning I noticed that the little buggers have discovered his food bowl. There arent a lot of them. It just makes me worried about him maybe eating one just cause it moves.

If it's in his cage he's going to attempt to eat it. The first time he discovered Monkeys in a Barrel, he grabbed a monkey and sniffed it all over to see if it was edible and then dropped it when he realized it wasnt.

Back on topic. Any ideas on how to keep the ants away from his food bowl?

#527475 - 04/13/08 10:46 AM Re: Sugar Ant Season [Re: ]

Try placing Bounce fabric sheets around the perimeter of the cage (on the floor mind you). The ants hate them. They HAVE to be Bounce tho!

also, if the cage is on a stand and it has legs, try placing each leg in a very shallow dish of water (even shallow will be a LAKE to an ant!) once the legs are in the water, the ants won't be able to get to the legs to crawl up into the cage! Hope these help! smile

#527479 - 04/13/08 10:53 AM Re: Sugar Ant Season [Re: ]

Oh! I have Bounce sheets. I wonder why that works? But thank you for the help!!

#527488 - 04/13/08 11:03 AM Re: Sugar Ant Season [Re: ]

I get the same thing here...sugar ants. So far tho..none have invaded my'll be WAR if they do lol...

off_topic Kasanolia...I LOVE your suggies name..Christopher Lee is one of my favorite horror movie actors!

#527573 - 04/13/08 12:34 PM Re: Sugar Ant Season [Re: ]

I'm having that problem now and they've invaded ONE cage, I'm taking the food bowl (with ants) out and leaving in the sink every morning and wiping down the shelf and the bars - I've put ant traps around the outside of the cage but that doesn't seem to help - I'll have to go and invest in some bounce sheets - worth a try!

#527578 - 04/13/08 12:41 PM Re: Sugar Ant Season [Re: ]

My cage is on rollers. When I found we had ants, after cleaning the cage and getting rid of them, I put a bounce sheet under each of the rollers. I haven't seen a single ant since (it's been about 2 weeks). Hope it keeps working! It is an easy cheap fix!

#527584 - 04/13/08 12:45 PM Re: Sugar Ant Season [Re: ]

Oh wow, thanks for this idea. We have sugar ants too and I will try this today!

#527593 - 04/13/08 12:59 PM Re: Sugar Ant Season [Re: ]

Wow never thought of that i will trying this as well.

#527817 - 04/13/08 05:35 PM Re: Sugar Ant Season [Re: ]

OOO!! I can't believe that!! i live in the BUG STATE (aka: Florida,) so if this happens to me at all, then I know what I'll be doing! Thanks for the idea!

#533452 - 04/21/08 01:03 PM Re: Sugar Ant Season [Re: ]

Just a little update for those interested - I had ants in just one cage - every morning I would come out and the BML bowl would be full of the little buggers - I tried the Bounce sheets like Taylynn suggested and she was so RIGHT!! I haven't had a single ant in days - not since I took the sheets and put them all around the outside bottom of the cage - my hubby thought I was crazy but it does work!! thumb

#533463 - 04/21/08 01:18 PM Re: Sugar Ant Season [Re: ]
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Registered: 08/31/06
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We don't get the sugar ants, but last year got the carpenter ants! I put out traps (will be putting out new ones this weekend). Although I did get my first fruit flies!! GGGGRRRRR.......
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#541112 - 05/01/08 02:16 PM Re: Sugar Ant Season [Re: pappy1264]

i heard from a glider breeder who is pretty knowledgable (sp) that the smell of the bounce sheets are bad for gliders cuz i have ants massivly bad and i put 1 or 2 in between the pages of newspaper that line there cage. it keeps the ants away so far but is the smell safe...I dont have legs on my cage so i cant put the sheets around the legs any answers?

#545767 - 05/07/08 03:45 PM Re: Sugar Ant Season [Re: ]
Snoopurr Offline
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Registered: 04/29/08
Posts: 386
Loc: West Babylon, NY
My house is built on a sand mound and every year when the weather gets warmer, the little ants come a-crawling. They are everywhere and i feel like there is no stopping them. I read this post and decided to try the bounce sheets. I wrapped them around the legs of my computer desk, hoping the ants weren't going to climb up anymore. Though they have decreased, i still see a couple of them running around on top of my desk here and there. I'm thinking they are running up the wall and/or climbing up the wires... I don't know what to do to make them completely go away. I am worried that when i bring home my sugar gliders that there will be an ant problem in their cage too, considering their cage will be going on my computer room. I told my landlord that its a serious problem in here and he said he would have an exterminator come by and spray, but because i have a dog, he'll only spray outside the house. This isn't going to solve my problem and it drives me crazy. Maybe i am doing something wrong with the bounce sheets? Should i just lay them on the floor under the legs of my desk? and what do i do about the wires from my computer? Any suggestions?

Edited by Snoopurr (05/07/08 03:46 PM)

#545928 - 05/07/08 06:38 PM Re: Sugar Ant Season [Re: Snoopurr]

We've always used borax and powdered sugar to kill sugar ants. But I'm wondering if it'd be okay to use now that I have the gliders...

The mixture is 1/4 cup of confectioner's sugar to 1 tablespoon Borax. It won't kill the ants immediately, so they take it back to their colony...which kills the entire colony in about ten days. It's very effective.

As long as I make sure the gliders can't get to it, this should be fine to keep using, right? The bounce sheets never seemed to work in my house...and we've never had a problem using this with the cats and dogs.

#545953 - 05/07/08 07:08 PM Re: Sugar Ant Season [Re: ]
Snoopurr Offline
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Registered: 04/29/08
Posts: 386
Loc: West Babylon, NY
problem is at this point i can't tell where they are coming from. what do you do with this borax and sugar, sprinkle it around or should i leave a small pile of it in a corner somewhere?

#545963 - 05/07/08 07:18 PM Re: Sugar Ant Season [Re: Snoopurr]
Suggiegramma Offline
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Registered: 01/08/08
Posts: 1520
Loc: St. Charles, Missouri
Ants won't cross over salt either.


#546036 - 05/07/08 08:32 PM Re: Sugar Ant Season [Re: Suggiegramma]

With the borax, we just sprinkle it around wherever we're finding them. If they're getting up on tables...around the legs and anything else that might lead up to the table...if it's on the counter tops, we sprinkle it around the bottom of the cabinets and in the corners of the counters. You could also sprinkle some around the edge of the room if they keep coming. But generally, wherever you leave it they'll be attracted to it thanks to the sugar.


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