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#55837 - 07/02/06 09:33 PM Ants, bugs, etc...  
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Hi everyone -

Now with summer here, we are, as usual having the infamous "bug" problem. Ants, etc. will not only get into Baby's food while outdoors, but will also come into the house. "Yuck" (She has several food/drink locations where her cage, perches, climbing trees, etc. are all located). I have been reading but have not found a "safe" bug deterrent other than to simply do as we do and keep her areas cleaned out every day. Does anyone have any helpful tips, suggestions on this issue?
Thanks, Lori, Baby and family

#55838 - 07/02/06 11:31 PM Re: Ants, bugs, etc...  
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It's that time of the year again. The following topic is very helpful and brought back year after year and you can read others by doing a Mytoos search for "ants".

http://www.mytoos.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=10;t=000627#000001

#55839 - 07/03/06 06:15 AM Re: Ants, bugs, etc...  
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I suppose it's too much to hope that the ants that show up will be the sort the birds could use for "anting", wouldn't it? :rolleyes:


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#55840 - 07/03/06 06:29 AM Re: Ants, bugs, etc...  
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Goodness - good question....Our Baby is a U2 and mostly we get the little black ants. Luckily we don't have a "roach" problem and only other thing is flies and flying insects outdoors (which she mostly cocks her head and looks at - sort of like she does with airplanes LOL smile and then ignores....

#55841 - 07/03/06 11:54 AM Re: Ants, bugs, etc...  
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Since ants seem to really like fruit juices and others sweets, a good cleaning first. Then a sprinkle of Boric Acid where the birds can't get to it. I the past I have used a product called Camicide. Even though it's safe around birds I don't spray it. What I do is to put on somr rubber gloves and take a paper towel that has been soaked with it and wiped down the legs of the cages and other places where I've seen ants. I also will wipe the floor and baseboards. I just leave the birds in their cages. Once the Camicide dries it's safe.

#55842 - 07/03/06 01:25 PM Re: Ants, bugs, etc...  
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An old RV trick is to pour a ring of bleach around the tires. Ants wont cross it to climb aboard. I dont know if the fumes are OK for birds though, but a small amount around the cage legs, maybe?

#55843 - 07/03/06 11:52 PM Re: Ants, bugs, etc...  
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Charlie and Cascade - excellent ideas....actually the bleach idea worked. The little suckers (ants) will not go over it and try to get into Baby's cage. THANKS THANKS THANKS....wonderful and helpfull suggestions. smile (We are now happy "campers") LOL
Lori, Baby and family

#55844 - 07/04/06 12:53 AM Re: Ants, bugs, etc...  
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Well, I rummaged about using my search engine, and Formicine ants are common all over the world. They seem to be the source of the poison in the skin of poisonous toads and frogs, and they contribute more than anyone realized to. . .acid rain!
So watch the winged neighbors around you carefully, and if you see any of them anting, check out the ants they are using, in case yur caged bird wants some wink
Some of the identifying characteristics are beyond my ability to distinguish, even though I do have a microscope: stuff like number of segments in an antenna eek . But I bet if you took ants from the hill on which you watched a wild bird or chicken anting, and started a colony, your parrot might use it. Do I sense a new era of enthusiasm for "ant farms"? <img border="0" alt="[laughing]" title="" src="graemlins/laugh[1].gif" />


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#55845 - 07/04/06 01:12 AM Re: Ants, bugs, etc...  
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JM47 - LOL but NO NO NO enthusiasm for ant farms or bugs of any kind..... We live in Georgia and, thank goodness and so far, all we have had to deal with are the little black ants. I just don't want them in my "Baby's" food or cage because I, honestly, do not know what they might do to her (hey, what can I say? I'm NOT worried about the ants, only my "Baby" LOL smile )

#55846 - 07/05/06 05:38 AM Re: Ants, bugs, etc...  
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<img border="0" alt="[laughing]" title="" src="graemlins/laugh[1].gif" /> eek I don't live in GA, but can share your lack of bugmania <img border="0" alt="[laughing]" title="" src="graemlins/laugh[1].gif" />


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