NAD: ants are all over Tiven's unfinished wood dresser

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NAD: ants are all over Tiven's unfinished wood dresser

While we were camping, some ants invaded the bathroom because Weston had put a shirt with grape jelly on it in the laundry, which I didn't have time to do before we left. We dealt with that, and then yesterday we discovered ants inside Tiven's dresser going after a dirty soccer sock (yuck!) that had Gatorade spilled on it. I removed all the clothing from that drawer and washed it, but now this morning there are ants ALL OVER the dresser. I didn't do my normal dish soap & water routine on the dresser, because it's unfinished wood, but I think that's why there are now ants all over it, following those trails and finding nothing, so looking some more.

What can I do? I was thinking about sprinkling baking soda all over it, but now I'm reading this morning that that's a myth. I can't put anything with water on it because it's unfinished. Or can I? Maybe if I wipe it down quickly??? Help????

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I would use Terro ant poison. but I hate ants so I have no problem killing them

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I won't use any poison because of our pets, and it's also against our rental agreement. When I moved the dresser most of them went running for their lives, LOL, so at least I'm not going to be wiping up ant bodies but I really want to do something to keep them from getting back on it.

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Mint tea is an amazing ant repellent. Maybe you could spray it on the floor all around the dresser and get them before they climb up?

What type of unfinished wood is it? Pine?

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*lurker*

Cinnamon is also a deterrent to ants.

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It's pine. One of my neighbors suggested using white vinegar so I put some in a spritzer bottle and applied it very lightly and then wiped it dry quickly with a towel. I did that two times over the whole thing, inside & out, and I pulled it away from the wall & drawn chalk lines on the floor around the feet. And I can't find where they are coming in. We haven't found any trail inside or outside.

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Borax with sugar/honey will kill them.. the boric acid is what is used in ant bait, and will not harm mammals :).. Put it on a piece of wax paper, or similar so it won't hurt the wood they take it into the nest.

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Amazon.com: Ant Killer: Liquid Ant Bait Station - Pack of 6 - Terro-PCO: Patio, Lawn & Garden

We use these for ants and they work great. Borax is the active ingredient and they are pet safe.

"Terro-PCO is also a green pesticide that is safe around people and pets."

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Yep, we also used Terro and it also worked great for us. But it pretty much is the same idea as what RG posted if you wanted to consider just doing it yourself.

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Okay, experts....you all clearly know what you are talking about.

MOTHS! Any ideas?

We've used the traps, we've emptied out the entire pantry, scrubbed it, and re-stocked, they keep coming back. They're DISGUSTING. I keep things sealed in ziploc bags & airtight containers, we know they love boxes with glue on them so we keep those out of the cupboard or in bags, but they keep returning and multiplying.

HELP!

Please?

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"freddieflounder101" wrote:

Okay, experts....you all clearly know what you are talking about.

MOTHS! Any ideas?

We've used the traps, we've emptied out the entire pantry, scrubbed it, and re-stocked, they keep coming back. They're DISGUSTING. I keep things sealed in ziploc bags & airtight containers, we know they love boxes with glue on them so we keep those out of the cupboard or in bags, but they keep returning and multiplying.

HELP!

Please?

Alas, i know nothing about moths!

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"freddieflounder101" wrote:

Okay, experts....you all clearly know what you are talking about.

MOTHS! Any ideas?

We've used the traps, we've emptied out the entire pantry, scrubbed it, and re-stocked, they keep coming back. They're DISGUSTING. I keep things sealed in ziploc bags & airtight containers, we know they love boxes with glue on them so we keep those out of the cupboard or in bags, but they keep returning and multiplying.

HELP!

Please?

This is a pretty good post on Moths in the pantry.
Moths Invaded Our Pantry

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"ftmom" wrote:

This is a pretty good post on Moths in the pantry.
Moths Invaded Our Pantry

Thanks.

Ugh, we did already do this but I guess we need to do it again.

But this is pretty much our problem. They can't even get in to a lot of the food because it's sealed, but they just refuse to leave.

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Are they meal moths? Those are awful, and so hard to get rid of. But it is possible! Clean absolutely every inch of every cupboard, transfer everything to good containers* and kill every one you see, and do it again & again & again for about six weeks. Also put a pheremone trap in your pantry which will attract & kill the males which will interrupt the breeding cycle, and hopefully help you eliminate the infestation. And, just a BTDT note, if your kid brings a moth in from outside, don't ask what it looks like, because the kid will open their hands to look and/or show you and the moth will fly away into your cupboard and make baby moths. The correct answer is, "Let's take it back outside to have a look at it," and then kill it if it is a meal moth. I'm not fond of killing most living things but I get great satisfaction out of stomping meal moths. They are horrible creatures.

* I discovered that many things that we thing of as airtight are NOT and meal moth larvae can get through amazingly tiny spaces. "Ziplock" bags can have a tiny gap at the end of the zipper. Test yours first by leaving them lying around full of water and check for water leaking out after a few hours. I found the cheap store brand works better than the name brand with the fancy zipper. Same thing with glass jars; I had to put waxed paper between the jar & lid. The snap-top plastic containers were good. Anything in a box, make sure it has sealed plastic bag inside, or transfer to a different container.

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"ftmom" wrote:

This is a pretty good post on Moths in the pantry.
Moths Invaded Our Pantry

I remember reading this a while back and thinking "Thank GOD I haven't had those!" That sounds like a horrible pain in the neck. I hope you can get it cleared up!!

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I have had those Moths before and I agree they are hard to get rid of, it takes awhile. Sometimes even plastic that looks sealed somehow they eat through a little corner and get in.

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We've had the traps in there for a while, we replace them regularly. It's so frustrating! I guess July 4th weekend will give us time for another pantry-cleaning.

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"SID081108" wrote:

I remember reading this a while back and thinking "Thank GOD I haven't had those!" That sounds like a horrible pain in the neck. I hope you can get it cleared up!!

I know! I remembered reading it, cause it creeped me right out! Most bugs dont bother me, but moths are one of the ones that do!

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Besides pesticides.. try cedar and flouresant lights.