Ants in childrens bedroom-safe way to rid?

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Grrr!

Just checked on my littluns and there is a trail of ants:eek:

Goodness knows why the daft things are in there as the littluns room is spotless and definately no food crumbs-eldests sandles are even washed each night-so no chance!

Anyway, just thinking...what is a safe way to rid them inside?

6m old trying to crawl and everything goes in his mouth, they play in there and sometimes 6m is left for seconds whilst I run off and catch the eldest etc. Concerned about safety, saying 'don't leave him for a second' is not going to help, completely un practical with a hyper 2yr old!

Any Suggestions?

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  • broclo
    broclo Posts: 5,065 Forumite
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    Ah...better add, bedroom on ground floor of old victorian house...there is a good gap under skirting, so that's how the blighters are getting in!
  • Poppy9
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    You are going to have to move the children out if you can't stop them crawling on the floor while you put down a few ant traps. You can also get a spray that is safe to use and the ants will not cross that line.
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  • broclo
    broclo Posts: 5,065 Forumite
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    Ta poppy...just not practical with a toddler and 6m old who is moving rapidly now, to even think you can watch what is in the mouth at the best of times.

    In fact...the 2yr old is just as bad at putting things in his mouth!

    I was told the bait boxes are safe?

    Could try use the spray whilst out all day :) Can't do when at home as all toys in there as only room with carpet and littlun bangs head A LOT!

    Really do not understand it now...I clean and hoover their room EVERYDAY as it is easy to clean due to storage and so they must be desperate to try find one crumb in there!
  • amcluesent
    amcluesent Posts: 9,425 Forumite
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    Kiddies kept in too clean an environment are more likely to have allergies and the like. I can't see any ant or two will do them any harm - I expect ants are a tasty treat in some societies.
  • broclo
    broclo Posts: 5,065 Forumite
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    amcluesent wrote: »
    Kiddies kept in too clean an environment are more likely to have allergies and the like. I can't see any ant or two will do them any harm - I expect ants are a tasty treat in some societies.


    I have to dust it daily or my eldest can not sleep for sneezing and scratching :(

    I know what you mean though...I'm not OTT, eldest was digging gardern with his hands today :rolleyes:

    This is ALOT of ants though, hence why i'm so amazed as the room is spotless
  • diable
    diable Posts: 5,258 Forumite
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    Seems to be a plague of ants this year can you see where the nests are on the outside?
  • broclo
    broclo Posts: 5,065 Forumite
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    No, but only discovered when I checked on them tonight, Will get some stuff for outside tomorrow :)

    Was just concerned about the bait boxes with littluns really :)

    Must be a huge nest though...had ants in other houses before, but this is tons...just hope(why do I think of this?) that it is not in the wall, I know someone who had that, was a nightmare getting rid of them!
  • Atelier
    Atelier Posts: 164 Forumite
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    Have a look at the various ant killer gels. The gel is gathered by the workers and taken back to the nest where it kills the queen and the whole nest dies.

    If the ants are going at the back of a piece of furniture then put the gel on a piece of card out of the way of the children along the ant trail. A couple of days and they will be gone.

    http://www.partridges.uk.com/catalog...el-p-2401.html


    broclo wrote: »
    Grrr!

    Just checked on my littluns and there is a trail of ants:eek:

    Goodness knows why the daft things are in there as the littluns room is spotless and definately no food crumbs-eldests sandles are even washed each night-so no chance!

    Anyway, just thinking...what is a safe way to rid them inside?

    6m old trying to crawl and everything goes in his mouth, they play in there and sometimes 6m is left for seconds whilst I run off and catch the eldest etc. Concerned about safety, saying 'don't leave him for a second' is not going to help, completely un practical with a hyper 2yr old!

    Any Suggestions?
  • david39
    david39 Posts: 1,968 Forumite
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    Try one of the plug-in electrical pest repellents - they are supposed to get rid of insects and rodents and they don't actually kill the ants - just make it uncomfortable for them so that they up-sticks and move elsewhere.
  • broclo
    broclo Posts: 5,065 Forumite
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    Atelier wrote: »
    If the ants are going at the back of a piece of furniture then put the gel on a piece of card out of the way of the children along the ant trail. A couple of days and they will be gone.

    Ah...now that's a point, if they are coming from under a gap in skirting, behind the smallests cot, I could pop the gel on card, tuck right under the skirting, then to ease my mind if I still felt they may get to it, I could masking tape that bit of gap on the skirting.

    lol I really must seem OTT...But know they always touch whatever I do not want them to!


    Thanks folks, will see what I can grab today...knightmare finding this kind of thing with woolies gone and Robert Dyas no longer have a shop here :rolleyes:
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