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Ants and how to get rid of them

Discussion in 'Aldabra tortoises' started by popeye tortoise, May 15, 2017.

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  1. popeye tortoise

    popeye tortoise Well-Known Member

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    Thank you, For the information tortoiseplanet I appreciate any input.
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    I hope I remember this the next time I get ants. Using petroleum jelly intrigues me.
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    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin 10 Year Member! Platinum Tortoise Club

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    @tortoiseplanet I have lost a few tortoises because the ants swarmed them and ate them alive. . . Not a pretty sight. I think you are referring to the common little black ant. There are other, more dangerous and destructive ants. Don't forget, this forum has members from all over the world, not just from your small piece of it.
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    @Tom, I read that Terro Ant Bait is most effective if used indoors. You also stated the same earlier. Have you tried this outdoor? What would you recommend for outdoor? I'm thinking about having my friend bring them over if you have good experience with it outdoor.

    I have tried Yvonne's recipe with boric acid but only a few ants came. I probably have to tweak the recipe a little bit since I doubt the potency of the local boric acid. It might have been too strong..
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    Where does it say it ?
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    How do I know?
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    wellington Well-Known Member Moderator 5 Year Member Tortoise Club

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    It will say it right on the front of the bag
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    Ouch not the bag
    Ouch, not the bag I. got
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    katieandiggy Well-Known Member

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    I use DE in my chicken coop for red mite, it literally kills every creepy crawly!! Very good stuff!
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    wellington Well-Known Member Moderator 5 Year Member Tortoise Club

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    Lol No, I just looked it up too show you.
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    wellington Well-Known Member Moderator 5 Year Member Tortoise Club

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    I just a couple chickens just for pets. I too was going to use it as I heard it will keep all the bugs, lice, mites etc away.
    How do you use it, as a substrate or under their substrate?
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    I spread it in the cracks where red mites like to hide, along all the joins in the wood, I also put it under the substrate just a thin layer, I rub it over the chickens feathers (every now and then) and I put it in their dust bath along with wood ash.

    It has been known to sometimes cause respiratory issues but I personally have never experienced any issues and im part of a large chicken network and I haven’t heard anyone on there have issues either.

    I had a bout of red mite a while back until someone recommended using it and I have never seen a mite since. It kills all of the bugs, spiders etc in the coop.

    It looses it effectiveness if it gets wet though.
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    wellington Well-Known Member Moderator 5 Year Member Tortoise Club

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    Great thanks. Are you also on Backyard Chicken forum?
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    Ray--Opo Well-Known Member Platinum Tortoise Club

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    When I moved Opo outside this summer to the screened porch. I had problems with ants going in his hide. I had read on another post to put cinnamon around the hide. Works great I watch a ant come to the edge of the cinnamon and turn around.
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    No I’m not, I didn’t realise they had a forum. I do use their website for help and advice. I’m part of a fb group called chicken brain, it’s uk based. They are very knowledgable. I’ll have a look at back yard chickens forum though. I prefer a forum to fb really.
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    I use DE Food Grade and it REALLY WORKS !
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    It is on front of bag.
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    On the front of the bag it says Food Grade

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