Two things really solve the problem. First, don't spill hummer joy juice. Second, if ya do then blast the area with a water hose, problem solved. If I had not been lazy when I saw and killed a whole bunch of scout ants, and blasted water then, none of this would have happened. Lucky for me I remembered the shaving cream trick, it doesn't kill 'em less they try to pass thru, it is an inpenatrible barrier and much better than the Black Knight saying "None shall pass". Later.a kettle full of boiling water over the ground nest kills them. and they're good for dinner too....
Kinda like meth freaks.Do not stomp them, squish them, burn them with a magnifying glass, etc...just put this out for them. Let them take it home and feed the poison to their colony. Go ahead ants, you little SOBs, take that poison home, give it to your friends and family, even your baby-making machine of a queen...enjoy it, FOR TONIGHT YOU DINE IN HELL!
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Puff the door step with Sevin Dust. They will be piled up dead right outside the next day. You would believe all the other "free loaders" you'll see dead right there if you do it in the summer.Well I had some ants that were stating to climb the tree looking to get to the hummer feeders. I thought they were gone when I killed all the scout units. The hummer feeders have their moats and they were doing their job. I had a vision tho not to long after dark, a vision of the ant hordes(The little brown ones) overwhelming my feeders. The garden ground is covered in wood chips and I hardly ever see them. I think tho I must have spilled some hummer joy juice in my changing the feeders.
So I went out with a flashlight to check things out and sure enough there were ants not a horde yet but a few hundred for sure. Some were even at the top of the hooks just before the moats. I killed a whole bunch but I had to be sure I stopped them so I could sleep tonight.
I broke out an old trick I used when I had Rockie(African Grey Parrot and best bud for 33 years RIP 1/3/2016). View attachment 859340 Years ago I got up to go to work and there was a stream of ants coming thru the backdoor and starting to get near Rockie's cage and food. Geez, what do I do? I can't use ant spray near Rockie's cage.
Light bulb above my head. Shaving cream. So I killed all the ants inside and then put shaving cream on both sides of the bottom of the doorway, and I went to work. Got home after a full shift and there were no ants in my place whatsoever. So knowing that I strategically put shaving cream around the base of the tree and a few other places.
Tomorrow I will spray wash the whole area with a water hose, it will get rid of traces of sugar and cause havoc in antville. I did that once before and nipped the problem in the bud. I should have done it again but I thought I got rid of them and I was lazy and taking pictures instead. I learned two lessons, don't spill hummer food at all. Secondly, if I do then wash the area down with a hose really well, that works. I also want to rid the tree of all shaving cream. Later.