V.25 No.14 | 04/07/2016
Dealing with Ants in Your House
A guide to pesticide free ant control
By Richard "The Bugman" Fagerlund [ Thu Apr 7 2016 4:48 PM ]
I have been getting a lot of calls about ants coming into homes. We will discuss some treatment methods that don’t involve spraying pesticides. There are several things you can do to prevent ants from entering your home. The first step is exclusion. Go around the outside of your home and inspect it very carefully from an ant's point of view. Ants can sense cool air and aromatic odors emanating from your home and will try to gain access. Check around the house at ground level and look for cracks in the foundation, voids around pipes, areas under stucco, peepholes in bricks and similar areas that ants can use to gain entrance. All these areas need to be sealed, caulked, screened or otherwise altered to prevent ants from using them to get into your home. Check around your windows and doors to make sure they close tightly. If the doors aren't tight, you may have to install door sweeps on them. Check your bushes, shrubs and trees to make sure you don't have any branches touching the roof. Don't stack firewood, bricks or anything else next to your house or ants and other insects may find it a good place to nest. If you have bushes or shrubs next to your house, periodically inspect them for aphids, scales and similar bugs as ants are attracted to the honeydew they produce. The ants will get on the plants and eventually find their way into your home. Don't put flagstone or flat boards on the ground too close to your home or some species of ants will nest under them. On the other hand, mound-making ants will generally stay outside. They rarely leave their complicated and efficient homelike in the mound to enter homes. If you don't want the ants making mounds in your yard, you can flood the nests with club soda or with white vinegar or food-grade DE. If you use the DE, mix 4 tablespoons per gallon of water. You can also use 1 gallon of orange juice diluted with 2 gallons of water and a dash of soap. If you prefer, you can also spread dry instant grits on the mound. The ants will eat it and not be able to digest it and die.
You can repel ants with a wide variety of products, including cinnamon, baking soda, Comet Cleanser, cedar oil, medicated baby powder, Tide, talcum powder, chalk, coffee grounds, borax, garlic, broken egg shells, bone meal, black or red pepper, peppermint, paprika, chili powder and mint leaves. If you have ants going into your hummingbird feeder, you can put duct tape, sticky side out, on the wire holding the feeder, to deter them.
The best way to control them when they get in your home is with baits. Different species have different food preferences. Some species will take a wide variety of baits, while others are more particular. Here is a recipe for effective, homemade ant baits that use borax. It attracts ants looking for either moisture or food. You will need: 3 c. water, 1 c. sugar, 1 tsp. borax or 2 tsp. food-grade DE, 6 small screw-top jars with lids, such as jelly jars covered with masking tape, which will enable the ants to climb up the side. Mix the sugar, water and borax (or food-grade DE) in a bowl. Loosely half-fill the jars with cotton balls or pieces of sponge or wadded paper towels. Pour up to ½ cup of the sugary mixture over the cotton balls, saturating them. Make several small holes in the lid. Screw the lids on the jars tightly.
If you smoke, always wear plastic gloves when making ant baits or they will sense the tobacco smoke on the baits and not go to it. Ants do not like cigarette or cigar smoke.
A very good commercial bait is Terro Bait, which is made from boric acid and is sold in some stores. Many common household ants will love it. Just place the bait stations where you see the ants foraging.
If you have large carpenter ants, you can use Advanced Carpenter Ant Bait, which is available online. Again, no pesticides need to be sprayed inside or outside. If you have any ants that aren’t taking the bait for some reason, you can contact me and I will help you identify them and recommend a treatment. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 505-385-2820. There is also a lot of non-toxic pest information on my website at www.askthebugman.com.
V.25 No.11 | 03/17/2016
The Daily Word in Transparency, Private Prisons and Chemical Spills
By Peter Karlsen [ Sat Mar 19 2016 5:31 PM ]
Read about the state senator responsible for the lottery scholarship.
A south valley couple shares their experiences with living in a neighborhood that bares a disproportionate burden of industrial pollution.
A private prison for noncitizens has likely been providing inmates inadequate medical care.
New Mexico is home to the country's largest methane cloud, but new rules may help alleviate it.
Looks like the New Mexico Legislature is refusing to provide the Attorney General records for criminal investigation of a retired state senator.
But that's not the only questionable thing going on with our local and state officials.
The New Mexico Environmental Department disagrees with KUNM's continuing coverage of a plume toxic dry cleaning chemicals in the ground water in some downtown neighborhoods.
V.25 No.10 | 03/10/2016
The Daily Word in Pork, Fire and Hitting People with Cars
By Peter Karlsen [ Sat Mar 12 2016 8:24 PM ]
New Mexico leads the country in pedestrian fatalities.
Ryan Boetel and Elaine Baumgartel discuss the most recent report from police reform monitor James Ginger.
Large numbers of dead and dry trees east of Albuquerque pose a fire hazard.
District Attorney Kari Brandenburg feels that after changes to the deadlines outlined in the Case Management Order they are still difficult to meet.
V.25 No.5 | 02/04/2016
The Daily Word in the toxic cost of consumerism
By Renee Chavez [ Tue Feb 9 2016 4:08 PM ]
Just had to get that upgrade? There is a lake in China filled with the toxic, radioactive sludge that is the byproduct of your new smartphone.
"Santa's elves" work for a pittance mass fabricating your useless holiday trinkets.
V.25 No.3 | 01/21/2016
The Daily Word in Hospital Fines and Yeti Wingmen
By Peter Karlsen [ Sat Jan 23 2016 4:40 PM ]
What Isleta's newly reacquired land means for its community.
Some New Mexico hospitals are being fined over safety concerns.
APD is looking for a suspect involved in a stabbing downtown last night.
The Sprint call center in Rio Rancho is closing, costing the city almost 400 jobs.
City Councillor Isaac Benton wants the city to buy 60 acres of land around the Petroglyph National Monument.
Evidence for using cannabis to treat epileptic seizures continues to grow.
Sasquatches make great wingmen. Given the number of sasquatches I know and the low rate at which I get laid, I think there may be some validity there.
V.25 No.1 | 01/07/2016
The Daily Word in REAL ID, Bosque Trails and dinosaur lovin'
By Peter Karlsen [ Sat Jan 9 2016 7:14 PM ]
The REAL ID can got kicked further down the street, at least for airports.
The city is asking for comment on where the new trail should run. If and how wide are already decided, so stifle those complaints.
New Mexico's less shitty teen pregnancy rate isn't reflected in rural communities.
Insurance companies failing to pay the Department of Health for vaccines has doctors turning away patients.
An Oklahoma company is pushing for a zoning exemption to begin drilling for oil in Rio Rancho.
Arizona and the US Department of the Interior are making plans for a diversion of the Gila river that threatens its ecology.
V.24 No.50 | 12/10/2015
The Daily Word in real estate, fracking and affirmative action
By Peter Karlsen [ Sat Dec 12 2015 5:32 PM ]
A Northeast Albuquerque area bicyclist has died after a hit-and-run last night. APD is looking for information.
Albuquerque Business First says that Fortune magazine claims Trulia real-estate data shows the Albuquerque metro area is the worst place to own a home. You heard it here fourth.
A mailman was shot at by another motorist for "giving him a bad look."
Everybody's favorite new method for extracting hydrocarbons, "fracking," may be coming to Rio Rancho.
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia made some pretty racist remarks regarding affirmative action. That's probably the greatest argument that could be made about institutionalized racism in our country and the need for affirmative action.
V.24 No.49 | 12/03/2015
The Daily Word in Sunport scares, climate talks and even more gifting
By Peter Karlsen [ Sat Dec 5 2015 3:30 PM ]
A security scare briefly shut down the Sunport yesterday.
Defense attorneys in the Boyd trial are seeking a change of venue.
APD and reform monitor James Ginger are stuck trying to reach an agreement on a new use-of-force policy.
The Paris climate change talks are off to an encouraging start.
First Congregational Church held a vigil for victims of last Friday's shooting at a Colorado Planned Parenthood.
V.24 No.48 | 11/26/2015
The Daily Word in helping homeless, planned parenthood shooting and carbon emission
By Peter Karlsen [ Sat Nov 28 2015 3:45 PM ]
Mayor Berry's homeless initiative makes national news.
Albuquerque Game Developers Guild needs a bigger meeting space.
Three killed and nine injured during attack at a Colorado planned parenthood.
Chicago protestors of police shooting marched on a major shopping district yesterday.
Globally, carbon emissions are slowing while power generation and economic activity expands.
V.24 No.47 | 11/19/2015
The Daily Word in Republicans, dry-cleaning spills and Islamic State Fighters
By Peter Karlsen [ Sat Nov 21 2015 1:20 PM ]
UNM is not alone with difficulties providing students resources to report sexual assault.
Growing Marijuana on tribal land is especially sticky—legally speaking.
The dry-cleaning chemical spill Downtown is large enough to warrant vapor testing in area homes.
Theocon Damon Linker continues to be increasingly alienated by his former conservative colleagues.
The Nation's Lydia Wilson interviews an imprisoned ISIS fighter.
V.24 No.46 | 11/12/2015
The Daily Word in Paris Attacks, WIPP Leaks and Eating Healthy
By Peter Karlsen [ Sat Nov 14 2015 1:10 PM ]
ISIS claims responsibility for attacks in Paris. The Guardian is providing live updates.
Suspect in road rage killing of 4-year-old pleads not guilty.
UNM wants to make sexual assault investigations happen more quickly.
The state is close to a settlement over the WIPP leak.
Several more business opening in the shipping container development near Carlisle and the freeway.
The Don't Hug Me I'm Scared crew explain healthy eating.
V.24 No.45 | 11/05/2015
The Daily Word in Horses, Pipelines and Roboter Kinder
By Peter Karlsen [ Sat Nov 7 2015 11:46 AM ]
Horses to be put to pasture instead sent to slaughter.
Udall wants to take the burden of cleaning up mining spills off the tax payers.
Police monitor criticized over reform transparency during community meeting.
Obama passes on Keystone XL pipeline proposal.
Attorney General investigates Exxon Mobil claims about climate research.
V.24 No.19 | 5/7/2015
Diaperin’ Is Easy!
The cloth-diapering community offered scathing critiques of our staffer’s research; said staffer and contributing writer Amelia Olson responds to a massive dose of online venom.
V.23 No.50 | 12/11/2014
A Long-Lost Field Guide for the Soul
Rediscover an ecstatic, mystic book of nature writing
By Nora Hickey
How a slender volume unearthed by Terry Tempest and Brooke Williams in a dusty bookstore became the antidote to “a poverty of the soul.”
V.23 No.48 | 11/27/2014
Welcome to Albuquerque
Nuclear meltdown capital of the world
By David Correia
Weekly Alibi’s latest collaboration with environmental politics journal La Jicarita examines a source of serious discontent, the radioactive contents of the Sandia Mixed Waste Landfill.
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