Mass suicide by jumping ants

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Mass suicide by jumping ants

Postby dalehileman » Fri 08 Jul, 2011 10:09

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By the scores, leaping off the edge into the water. Well I couldn't let 'em just drown while each rescue is worth 5 points

I should explain how we score rescues. A lizard yields 100 points, a bee 15, an ant 5. A fly minus 1 but we're required to save it anyhow

But jumping ants? As it turns out they're actually flying creatures but somehow takeoff failed at water's edge perhaps because of wet wings or some other more obscure phenom


girl

Mass suicide by jumping ants

Postby girl » Fri 05 Aug, 2011 14:39

I have been having this problem. These aren't flying ants. They do litterally run around, get to the pool edge and jump into the water. The question is why.
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A possibility

Postby dalehileman » Fri 05 Aug, 2011 15:14

Hi Girl where is everyone else do you suppose

A correspondent has suggested that near pool's edge where the deck is wet, he is merely attempting to escape but of course he doesn't know which way to jump
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Re: Mass suicide by jumping ants

Postby paulbest » Mon 15 Aug, 2016 22:21

Ants can bite depending on the specific type and it is a good idea to eliminate an ant population as soon as it is discovered. Getting rid of ants by a swimming pool will help make the pool area more attractive for family and guests.

tips on how to keep away from ants:

Remove any plants from the pool area for the time being. Ants can use plants for both sustenance and shelter and removing them will benefit you as you take action against the ants near the pool.

Crush any visible ants with a heavy flat object such as a fly swatter or a shoe to help reduce the ant population immediately. This will not get rid of the entire group but it can greatly reduce the ant numbers.

Mix 40 percent water, 40 percent rubbing alcohol and 20 percent dish soap into a spray bottle to create an ant toxin. Spray any visible ant mounds with the solution to help kill them. The advantage of the solution is that pets are less likely to get into it and it won't negatively affect your pool water if a small amount drips into the pool.

Place ant traps around your swimming pool to kill any stubborn ants that are not being affected by your other methods. Keep kids and pets out of the pool area while the traps are in place to prevent accidents. Once the ant population is gone, remove the traps.
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Re: Mass suicide by jumping ants

Postby shwan1968 » Wed 19 Sep, 2018 23:56

Hello guys,

Step by step instructions to Keep Flying Ants Out of a Swimming Pool

That unmistakable, cool swimming pool on your lawn is a desert garden to people and creatures alike. Indeed, even little creepy crawlies, for example, flying ants, may take asylum in your pool. These bothering vermin are pulled in to the impression of daylight striking your pool and will fly straight into the water. Indeed, even wet flying ants will nibble whenever incited, so continuing flying ants out of your pool is vital for safe swimming.

Stage 1

Drop a couple of tennis balls inside your pool. Flying ants are bad swimmers, and will stick to the surface of the tennis ball to abstain from suffocating. Six tennis balls are sufficient for most pools; in any case, bigger pools or overwhelming subterranean insect pervasion may require a couple of something beyond.

Stage 2

Scoop the tennis balls out with a pool skimmer. The fine work gets any ants that tumble off the balls as you lift them out of the water.

Stage 3

Add a quart of vinegar to a 5-gallon basin, and sprinkle in a couple of drops of fluid dish cleanser. Fill the container 1/3 of the path full with water, and drop the subterranean insect canvassed balls in the arrangement. This arrangement executes the ants without uncovering your family or pets to risky synthetic compounds.

Stage 4

Jab gaps in one long side of a vacant plastic container, and include a couple of drops of peppermint oil to the jug. Screw the top firmly on the container, and buoy the jug in the pool with the openings looking up. Flying ants loathe the smell of peppermint and will maintain a strategic distance from your pool.

Stage 5

Cover your pool with a pool cover when not being used. The sun won't sparkle on the surface of the water, so ants won't fly into your pool.

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