Red mini-ants from hell!

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  1. Mr.X

    Mr.X MDL Guru

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    Can't believe this is happening actually in my house.

    I mean red little bastards which have a really painful bite have invaded our home recently, few weeks away. Neighbors homes too! It's a damn plague.

    These ants are red, small and slooow.
    They just don't stop revolving around the house.

    Their bite... Oh man, really painful. Like an electric discharge that comes and goes in waves.

    Never ever faced these persistent evil creatures before.

    What species they are?
     
  2. EXO56

    EXO56 MDL Member

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    #2 EXO56, Sep 16, 2020
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    Maybe one of these :

    • Argentine ants: These ants have a light brown or reddish body, but you can tell them apart from fire ants by their black heart-shaped abdomen. These ants are roughly 0.13 inches long and build colonies under the shelter of wood, leaves, and stones. They aren’t picky eaters but love sugary substances and protein.
    • Caribbean crazy ants: These ants are a golden reddish-brown, making them easy to confuse with fire ants. This species is smaller, though, and doesn’t grow much longer than 0.13 inches. They’re common in Florida and Texas and eat a variety of foods.
    • Fire ants: Fire ants are red all over and grow between approximately 0.13 and 0.5 inches long. You can also identify red fire ants by checking their mounds. This species will build colonies without openings in the soil. They use underground tunnels to get access to their nests.
    • Odorous house ants: These ants are smaller and darker than fire ants. You can identify them by their smell as well — they emit an odor like rotten coconuts when squished. This species prefers sugars and dead insects.
    • Pharaoh ants: Pharaoh ants are small, growing up to approximately 0.063 inches long. This makes them considerably shorter than red fire ants. Pharaoh ants are also more of a reddish brown and have a black abdomen. These ants will eat proteins, sugars, fats, grease, and other insects (dead or alive).
    • Pyramid ants: These ants have a red head and thorax but, like Argentine ants, have a black abdomen. They grow about 0.13 inches long and build nests in the sunshine unobstructed by any debris. Pyramid ants have a varied diet that includes fats and oils.

    My parents still have the same issue right now.
    They were told the only way to get ride of this pleague is to kill the queen!
    My old mom wont do this!
    :)
     
  3. Dark Knight

    Dark Knight MDL Senior Member

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    #3 Dark Knight, Nov 27, 2020
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    I refer to them a sugar ants (what my mom used to call them) and yes their bite is painful and once in a home are a real pain in the ass to get rid of but it is not impossible, just takes good hygiene practice and a little determination

    1. Start with spraying insecticide around the base of the exterior of the home and any place they can use for an entry way into the home like cracks, door ways and windows.
    Most good insecticides last for around 6 months given they are applied when conditions are dry. Don't use aerosol can sprays, they are totally useless, purchase a good sprayer and an insecticide that you will need to mix with water. You can get these items from any good hardware store or farm supply.
    2. Spray around all the baseboards in the interior of the home pay special attention to the kitchen, counters and cabinets , 95% of the time this is where the little f**kers hang.
    This is a pain if you have pets because anything advertised as "pet friendly" or "eco friendly" does not work, TRUST ME, one would be better off burning their money before purchasing these things, so you will either need to kennel your pet for the day or maybe have family or a friend take them for a day.
    3. Bait traps, purchase a couple of boxes and put them in areas where ants have been noticed frequently, bait traps usually have food in them that ants take back to the queen and in turn kills both them and her.
    4. More times than none , these little f**kers hang around the kitchen because it is a good source of food for them. Do not leave any food out, especially overnight, keep the kitchen floors and counters clean and free of any food or food residue, after cooking, clean up right away, empty the trash frequently, try and keep the trash bin empty overnight because this is when the little bastards are most active, wash the trash bin if any food residue is left inside after emptying. If you feed your pets indoors only feed them what they will entirely eat in one sitting, when they are done clean their bowls and eating area of any food residue.
    If you have carpets in your home , make sure to vacuum daily emptying the bag frequently or the canister after every use.

    Do this and in you will notice a declination in them in a few days to a week and eventually they will disappear altogether.

    Like I said, pain in the ass but not impossible, want impossible ? lets talk bed bugs!
     
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  4. Mr.X

    Mr.X MDL Guru

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    :D

    Thanks mate for your advice.
     
  5. Mr.X

    Mr.X MDL Guru

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    Mind to talk a bit about and show some pics...
     
  6. Palladin

    Palladin MDL Senior Member

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    A couple of options to get rid of unwanted pests.
    The first is Suspend: https://www.amazon.com/Bayer-80035225-Polyzone-Suspend-Insecticide/dp/B07RLS91C9
    And the second is LambdaStar UltraCap 9.7: https://store.doyourownpestcontrol.com/lambdastar-ultracap-9-7
    Both are expensive but are worth the money.
    I moved into a new place that was infested with roaches. I applied Suspend at twice the recommended dosage around the perimeter of the house, inside the garage, and inside the house as well. All baseboards everything everywhere.

    See the attached for what I found outside the next day. I switched to LambdaStar for comparison and FWIW I can't tell the difference between either of them. Either one will get the job done.

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