Hi, My daughter came to live in CR in April. She loves Thailand all but the ANTS and Mosquitoes. Do the locales have any remedies dealing with these pesty problems?
There is a thread on www.chiangraities.com about dealing with ants with a mixture of sugar and borax disolved in water. She can get a small bag of borax at world chemicals on the superhighway, a little bit further down from the big PTT with Amazon coffee shop (about 400m before the Wiang Chai traffic lights).
Mosquitos outside are very difficult to deal with, inside I find the best insecticide spray is Baygon available in most 7/11's and makro.
Rainy season generally has about 10 times as many mozzies as dry season, this year, it's about 30 times as many.
You can never kill all the ants so just reduce their food sources in your house or apartment. Don't leave any food lying around, wash your dishes as soon as you finish with them, clean up the kitchen, sweep the floor and buy airtight containers for storing all dry foodstuffs in. If you are leaving food out for cats or dogs then place the bowl inside another bigger bowl filled with water.
There are several types of ants, some attracted to sugars, others to proteins.
When we lived in Malaysia there was a product available in little silver packets (5cm x 5cm) and were only a few cents each. They worked a treat on ants in the house. Sorry cant recall the name but they were available in the corner stores.
Mozzies do not travel far so it is very important to not have any water lying around the house. In some neighbourhoods it is even illegal to have saucers under your flowerpots to reduce mozzie breeding grounds
Thanks for the advise. I've heard essential oils such as eucalyptus and peppermint help. Anywhere to get oils?
I use the borax pencil-things, easily available everywhere. Wave your hands about and shout MOT DAM! (Black ants).
I don't bother with the essentials oils. I don't see the point in politely asking them to stay away. Spray them with bug spray to kill them and then use ant chalk to paint roadblocks along their routes. If they get into the house through a gap in the window frame then circle around the gap with the chalk and they are stuck for a while.
I am reliably informed that Myrmecophaga tridactyla is a reliable solution to ant problems.
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