Pest Control (in this case ants).
#1
I don't know why but this has been a terrible year for ants. 

In the past my husband has used this:

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I don't like it because it is in gradual form and I'm afraid it will harm many of the creatures that are in our yard (we are very careful to keep the dogs away from the treated areas).

I just bought some of this:

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I like the idea of this product because I feel it is safer for wildlife and easier to keep my dogs from getting into it.  Anyone have any luck with this product?  Also, if you have had good results getting rid of pests with natural products I would love to hear about it.  I don't want to harm the wildlife in our yard or any pets that stray into the yard.  I would love to just let the ants live and go on about their business but they bite and leave little blisters, nothing like the annoying but harmless ants we had when I was living in the Pacific Northwest.
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#2
We have lots of the little red ants. For the past few years I have been using sugar, borax and water to deter them with good success. 

My husband made some little "domes" out of wire so the dogs can't get at the cotton balls. I put the cotton balls by the ant hills just at the edge of a flower bed and stick the domes over them. I have been doing this for about 4 years now and the ant hills are moving farther from the house. 
I may not even do it this year unless they are closer again. I did find this site that might give you more info on the little critters.  

https://www.diynatural.com/how-to-get-ri...naturally/

We may have different types of ants so this may not even work for you. Good luck.
Linda

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#3
Thank you! I have read about using natural products to get rid of ants but with the windstorms we get I was worried that everything would blow away. Having little domes is a great idea.
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#4
We have fire ants and the Amdro doesn't kill them, but it makes them leave their big single nest and form multiple new ones. They are also venomous, just very small doses, so you have to get bit by hundreds of them. They have killed people who have fell on their nests and couldn't get off of them, very rare but still a thing. We use this nasty stinking stuff called Orthene for the ones we can't ignore and must get rid of, like the ones that got in my bathroom the other day and decided the dirty clothes were a great place to congregate. I got about 20 bites trying to do laundry, so I hunted down their nest. We usually put some essential oils in a pot of boiling water and pour it in the ant pile. It causes them to abandon the nest and those eggs may be too damaged to hatch, so it helps and doesn't add to the toxins in our environment.
Gotta love 'em.
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#5
What essential oils do you use?  I don't want to add toxins to the environment and don't want to harm the wildlife in my yard.  I also want something that won't harm pets.  As much as I despise my neighbors letting their dogs roam, I still don't want to harm them.
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#6
We live on top of a big hill and it is windy here all the time, except when you wish you had a breeze. No cotton balls have ever blown away from the domes.
Linda

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#7
Peppermint, clove, cinnamon
Gotta love 'em.
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#8
Thank you for all the advice. The ant bait stakes seem to be working really well, lots better then the Amdro but I would still like to try something natural.
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