17th Jan 2007, 06:28 PM #1
Ants in my pavers - aaarrrgghhhhhhh
Had a paving job done a few months ago. The job is fine but now I have ants digging out the sand (and in a couple of spots the fine roadbase).
I have started using Mortein And Sand and filling in the gaps where sand has been removed and putting sand back in on top. It says I should do this every couple of months!
Does anybody know of effective ways to keep ants out? Somebody mentioned petrol or kerosene once.
I know if I leave them for too long, water will get in and move my pavers.
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17th Jan 2007, 06:44 PM #2
17th Jan 2007, 06:44 PM #3
There are a few products that you can use to "lock up the sand" between the pavers these may work - don't know.
I do know that they are a right royal once you have them. I recommmend that in places where there is an an t problem you lay the pavers on a sand/cement mix which stops them ....bit late for you sorry.
Give Tom from Paving Plus a call he should know 94841855
17th Jan 2007, 07:32 PM #4
Hi Ozwinner - the ants are only small ones, not like bull-ants or anything. I should have probably added that they are close to a gum tree (although I don't see many on the tree).
17th Jan 2007, 07:34 PM #5
I want to look in to that paving silicone stuff - but have heard it will be a bit costly (at the moment). I am scared to try a cement mix as the pavers have a pitted surface and I am worried about getting cement stuck in the pits; I couldn't really just 'sweep in' in the cement with a broom (I think) as it would get the stuff stuck in the pits (I assume).
17th Jan 2007, 07:36 PM #6
Had the same problem little ginger ants bringing up sand from under our patio pavers.
We changed part to concrete and got pest controllers in, once a year top up and no more ants is great.
17th Jan 2007, 08:16 PM #7
Had a similar problem several years ago.
We poured buckets of soapy water from the washing machine over the problem areas and their has not been a re-occurence.
Cheap and effective.
17th Jan 2007, 08:47 PM #8
White King ,1 cup to 1 litre of water will stop the little buggers.
17th Jan 2007, 10:22 PM #9
Hmmm - I was hoping for a highly toxic chemical solution!!! although the soapy water sounds good too!
Maybe I could electrify the ground somehow . . .
17th Jan 2007, 10:24 PM #10
Diesel..... makes a bit of a mess of the planet but it works.Cliff....if all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail...
17th Jan 2007, 10:50 PM #11
Hi Smiley guy
Had the problem a few years ago if I remember right mixed some cement into the sand then sweep it into the paver's and then used a mist spray on the hose.Thinking about mowing the lawn doesn`t get it done !
18th Jan 2007, 09:59 AM #12
Try a product called Coopex, or Coopers, can't quite remember which. It is in Bunnings pest control section.
A sachet of it mixes up in 5L of water & spray it around your pavers, problem gone.
You can also spray it around the walls & floor of your BBQ / Pergola area & flies & cockroaches will head for the neighbours house rapidly.
The pack says it has a residual effect for up to 3 months.
Neil.Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways - Chardonay in one hand - Strawberries in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming - "WOO WOO...What a ride"
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