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Old 04/21/09, 02:00 PM
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Ants hiding under toilet?

I've got ants coming out from the base of my toilet. I see a little brown smudge (pile of ants) pushing out from the edge once in a while and occasionally an ant walking around nearby. I haven't seen them anywhere else in the house. I'm on a slab so I can't figure out if they are coming in through the sewer or what. Anybody had this issue?
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Old 04/21/09, 02:02 PM
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Raid! We've been living in Hawaii for about a year and a half now and the ants here are terrible since it never gets cold. I have tried everything to get rid of them and the only thing that really works is to spray. We chased ants around our house for about 8 months... and now they've moved on. lol. My neighbors still have them though.
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Old 04/21/09, 02:22 PM
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Do you have a wood subfloor above the concrete slab? If so, I'd worry that the toilet was leaking, and the ants were attracted to the moisture in the rotting wood.
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Old 04/22/09, 07:15 PM
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Keep wiping the area w/orange oil. Diluted maybe twice as potent as you would for a cleaning agent.
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Old 04/23/09, 10:43 AM
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Ants don't hide--they set up a home area that they like.
I think your best option is to eliminate them, and try to find where they are coming in from.
More than likely the hole the toilet (drain pipe) sits on.
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Old 04/23/09, 03:03 PM
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Ants usually are looking for food or water. Sounds like you may have some seepage around the toilet flange ring. I fought with ants for years trying to keep them out of the kitchen, found the easy solution finally. Now I just put our lil dabs of honey in a dish in the living room and they all hang out around there.
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