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Ant Poison - How to Get Rid of Ants
Have you ever walked into your home and found millions of ants scurrying over a table top, or across the floor? After you came out of shock, you probably started cleaning them up – killing them all. Well, this page is going to discuss some of the most common types of ant poison. There are a variety of different ways to kills ants, and some are less effective than others.
There are a number of different poisons used on ants.
Boric acid is a very effective way to kill ants. It isn’t an ant poison, so ants will not ever develop and immunity to it. All you have to do is sprinkle it where ants walk, and they will die. The boric acid is relatively safe, too, being not much more dangerous than table salt to humans. It is corrosive to the exoskeleton of the ant, and highly deadly to ants.
Aerosol Spray Cans
Most people reach for an aerosol can that contains some sort of ant poison inside. These poisons usually attack the central nervous systems of ants. The downside to these sprays is that they don’t last long. After spraying a surface, ants typically will avoid the area for a week or less. Furthermore, these sprays never attack the source of the ants – the colony.
Gel and Hard Baits
Gel and hard baits are an effective method for killings ants. Once you clean your home or business and figure out the paths that ants are using, you can lay these poison filled baits in the ant paths. Remember, don’t use these if you have children or animals present, as the ant poison is readily digestible. Ants can bring the poison back to their colony, where many ants will die. The gel is useful because it sticks to surfaces, and ants often walk across walls and ceilings.
There are a variety of different ant traps, and a variety of different baits used. Generally speaking, these traps are used when animals or children are around. It is preferable to just leave gel or hard ant bait laying in the path of the ants, but sometimes this is dangerous. It is easier to get ants to take bait that isn’t in a little house.
Bug bombs are disgusting devices that lazy people often use. There are stories of people who have caused explosions in their homes with bug bombs. Anyway, a bug bomb is just a really powerful aerosol can that fills your place up with ant poison. The downside here is that the poison will not be taken back to the ant colony, and so the bug bomb really has little chance of stopping your ant problem forever.