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 Post subject: Ants in Electrical Box
PostPosted: Mon Jun 23, 2003 1:18 pm 
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After turning off electricity to the box, toss in some DE (ditamatious Earth) to get rid of them. You can also put DE at the base of the pole or whatever the electrical box is mounted on and they shouldn't go through it.

I once read that you can put vegetable oil below the box so they cannot climb back in.

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Dan, we have had the same problem with fire ants getting in our electrical box that's on the meter pole. I did try the cooking oil and they won't go through that. It won't hurt your grass either. They were so bad one time before we knew what was happening it caused our air conditioner to go out so I keep stuff all around my outside a/c unit too.

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Fire Ants are attracted to electrical currents. I think it has to do with magnetic fields. For more information:
http://www.dirtdoctor.com/view_question.php?id=123

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If it's fire ants, they will mess up your wiring. We use mothballs. I
know it's hardly organic, but after 17 years of fighting them in our
pumphouse, that's the only thing that keeps them out. DE around
the area wouldn't hurt.


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:shock: Mothballs are some of the most noxious toxic things you can use. I beg you to stop using them immediately!
http://www.checnet.org/healthehouse/chemicals/chemicals-detail.asp?Main_ID=292
For organic alternatives:
http://www.dcfr.org/hhw/hhwtips.htm scroll about halfway down until you see the heading "Cleaning Products".

Be safe and healthy. Live long and prosper!

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