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#1 guineagirl

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Posted 19 June 2008 - 09:39 PM

I've come home to find my kitchen swarming with ants, seemingly out of nowhere.

Does anyone have any recommendations for anyone local who could help with this - or is it easier just to go to Rentokil?

Thanks in advance for any ideas...

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Posted 19 June 2008 - 09:49 PM

A quick fix is to use fly-spray, which is handy because it goes underneath kitchen units easily and doesn't leave powder all over the place, then find out where they came in and put down ant-powder on their routes.

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#3 guineagirl

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Posted 20 June 2008 - 10:35 AM

They are coming out from behind a kitchen cabinet, so getting a spray in there might be a little tricky - and also rather worryingly I can see all the sawdust they've left from chewing the innards of the cabinet - so hope it's not all suddenly going to collapse on me!

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Posted 20 June 2008 - 02:21 PM

If it is a floor mounted cabinet, you can often reach the back from the inside. There is usually a gap at the top of the rear panel that you could spray into. If there are drawers, remove them to get to the panel.

Another good way of getting rid of ants, particularly if they are coming through a crack is to use a steam cleaner or boiling water. However, do take care.
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Posted 20 June 2008 - 02:24 PM

Unfortunately it's wall-mounted - they're coming out of the gap between wall and cupboard at the bottom - so can't do a lot with hot water as I can't pour upwards! I might try a bit of steam though...but perhaps best left to the professionals

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Posted 20 June 2008 - 02:25 PM

You can get propriety ant killer from any hardware shop (eg Hollybush stores). I know they can be quite alarming but if you gat the kind that the ants take back to their nest you will find the problem solved very quickly. make sure their is no food source around, particularly sugar.
I am surprised all the same that your cabinets are being dismantled - more typical of termites - but I don't think termites are present in the UK!

#7 guineagirl

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Posted 23 June 2008 - 10:38 PM

In the end, I got a proper spraying job done by this company:
http://www.apest.co.uk/

- London-wide, but the very professional and friendly buy who came to my house said he only lived a couple of miles from me, so based on that I'd say they would probably be a good call for anyone else in the area needing a similar job done.

They came out on Sunday, which was a bit of a miracle as I wasn't expecting anyone to do the job at such short notice and on a Sunday too.

I also have a real problem with those nasty clothes moths, mainly upstairs, and the verdict on this seems to be a much more intensive spraying job, all clothes have to be dry-cleaned or boiled at high temperatures - and this is the really tough bit, then left in sealed bin liners for a MONTH to allow all the moth larvae/eggs to die off. Which does rather leave the question of what I will wear during that month while the treatment takes effect...

Anyone had any experience dealing with moths at all, or recommendations? (I seem to be having bad luck with insects lately...someone said to me I need to cultivate more friendly spiders in the house and then will have less trouble with moths!)

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Posted 23 June 2008 - 10:55 PM

Oh and the guy from Apest (he was a guy, not a 'buy' as I wrote for some reason) had never seen black ants eating through wood before, so he was as mystified as you were, Zirconium, but the evidence in terms of little piles of sawdust was there to be seen! He was pretty gobsmacked by it - are these evolutionary ants adapting to a new diet?

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 03:18 PM

Have had terrible problems with squirrels in the attic over the last year or so. Have tried to do the humane thing by installing squirrel deterrants (useless waste of money) and then by blocking access and but they keep chewing through the soffats and getting back in :(

Regretfully I am going to have to go down the extermination route - does anyone know any relaible comanies who can do this?

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 10:48 AM

Bump - has nobody else been plagued by squirrels?

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 12:07 PM

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#12 Summit Lover

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 12:16 PM

Not remotely helpful :(

#13 FitzRoy

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 12:27 PM

Dogs , poison , or Croydon pest control charge £95.69 to remove the flying rats from properties . 0208 726 6200 .



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#14 Summit Lover

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 12:37 PM

Now THAT's helpful :) Thanks.

The cheapest quote I got was £149

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 01:15 PM

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