The blog formerly known as Heidelbergerin...now throwing a 3rd country into the crosshairs!
I don't know the German for it, but you want boric acid (or Borax). It is completely non-toxic to mammals (you can use it as eyewash) and completely toxic to ants and cockroaches. You can wham that stuff everywhere, into every crack you can finw, with no fear. Go for it!
I was just going to say what G said-- I take Borax and mix it with a little water and sugar until the borax is dissolved and then put it in small amounts on pieces of cereal box. The thing about this mixture is that they take it back to their "nest" and other ants eat it, so it kills more ants. You can find the proper proportions online. (I have to look it up each time i make it because I do it so infrequently!)
Super stupid question, anyone know at what store they sell borax? This is Germany so I'm not likely to find a wandering helpful employee in the aisles. ;)
I bought it at the big toom in Frankfurt, I think, but I had new-mommy brain, so I might be remembering incorrectly.
In the US you can get it at Home Depot, but you can actually also get it at a pharmacy (I wasn't kidding about theeyewash part, it's been used for that for years and years). So how about asking at an Apotheke or a(my husband says Obi or a Baumarkt). http://ccbolgroup.com/industrialE2.htmlIf you go halfway down the page, you will see some info on Boric acid, including chemical composition, that might help you to get some German to give you the name here- although a GErman named it, so maybe it is called boric acid here?
I think they have Borax at Bauhaus or Praktiker. DM or Schlecker (as drug stores) probably have them too.If you can't find it there, try Dehner, they'll have something against ants for sure.Personally, i just use baking soda.Spread it on the paths and around suspected nests, and they won't be able to use those again.
ARGH THEY ARE IN MY KITCHEN!!!!!
We had an ant invasion a couple of weeks ago and bought something called Amaisen Buffet (Ant buffet) at the local Budnikowski. Schlecker probably carries it as well. The brand name is Neudorff.Haha - just checked the back and guess what they use? A 49% solution of borax. Anyway, you get two little traps with the package. You fill a trap with the solution over one of their trails and watch them go at it. Our ants were gone in less than a week.I could live with ants, but I draw the line at roaches.
Thanks everybody! We couldn't get borax at any of the remaining open stores last night but did get some sort of ant bait/poison thing that seems to have worked. We also put down some baking soda along their hangout. Hopefully this will work for good! Otherwise we'll have to get the borax. I know that will work because it's what's in Terro, my US brand of choice. :)If it were roaches, I wouldn't have even been writing on the blog because I'd have evacuated my apartment until they were gone! Ants are no problem in comparison...even a bit fascinating, maybe. Not that roaches can't be fascinating. Just not in my apartment. (Note: I used to work in an entomology lab. The roaches were just kept in aquariums and they didn't even need lids - if you just keep a layer of vaseline around the top of the inside, they can't crawl out!)
The only roach i've seen in Germany so far were in the kitchen at Frankfurt's student house on campus.
If you drink coffee, take the used grounds and spread them along the outside edges of your windows and doors. Someone told me about that while living in England and it worked.
Does that coffee trick work for the same reason that coffee beans can be found at perfume shops? To neutralize your sniffer? Just curious as to why it works.
Coffee ground/beans will absorb the odors in a space. We use it in our schools when we have to use any high VOC cleaners. It really does work!cn heidelbergerin's ant
Allright. Where in Heidelberg do you live? I live in Heidelberg too :).Anti-Ant Spray usually is called "Ameisenspray" and you can find it over at places like "Schlecker" or big Supermarkets like "REWE". It depends on where you live in Heidelberg. :) Have a great day :)
me again: I was told that COMPO would be a great Anti-Ant spray. Don't know if that is true but as said you should find it anywhere in big supermarkets or "Drogerien" like Schlecker. If you can't find Borax let me know and I will check on that and send you the information on where to get something for ants. Since we both live in Heidelberg I am happy to help :)
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