The Easy Way To Kill Ants
How to Get Rid of Ants Inside and Outside
Before arriving in Brazil I thought there were two types of ants. Red ones and black ones. This was a very simplistic view of ants but it was one that served me well in my life. Stay away from the red ones, they bite.
Well, guess what, there are an estimated 22,000 different types of ants.
Now in Brazil, I have seen many different types. They are absolutely fascinating; destructive, but fascinating. Below I will tell you the closely guarded secret to eliminating ants from your home. This has been known by the exterminators for some time, but kept the secret to keep their profession alive.
I will pass on this information for you to share with others who have a problem with ants in their home using simple everyday products to quickly eliminate ants from your kitchen and other rooms where they may appear.
Killing Ants in the Home
When I had some ants in my house about a month ago, I looked on the internet to find out how to kill them. I looked on forums, websites, and various commercial sites and couldn't find an answer. Often the advice was, 'Don't leave food out'. This was obvious, I had a problem and needed it resolving.
There was even one person who said, take your finger and roll over it. Why do these people waste their time writing nonsense like that? In the end, I gave up, wiped the ants away and put down some bleach. This made me feel good that the counter was disinfected but didn't resolve the problem.
What Exterminators Don't Want You to Know
Recently I was playing Scrabble online against my cousin in Montana.
My husband, feeling abandoned, went to the kitchen to make a snack. He quickly proclaimed that there were ants everywhere! This is not as unusual as it sounds but only someone who has lived in the tropics will understand this. Sometimes, just before it rains, ants, frogs, and other 'normal outside residents' tend to make a beeline for the house. Occasionally there will be a mass hatching of one insect or another all at the same moment.
When I mentioned this to my cousin, with whom I was chatting whilst playing Scrabble, she suggested kitchen spray. I didn't want to clean them, I wanted to kill them. She said, 409, Windex or something similar would do the job. My husband, grabbed the kitchen spray and like a possessed man armed with mustard gas, began eliminating mass quantities of ants.
Now my husband, who has seen many things in his life, is not easily impressed. He was amazed at how well this worked and called me into the kitchen to look at the dead ant carcasses now littering the floor.
My cousin said it was an exterminator who revealed this to her. This is apparently a closely guarded secret in the world of pest control. There is something in the spray ants can't tolerate. Of course with it being used in kitchens, it is safer than using some poisons normally sold to eliminate ants.
So in the end, I now ensure I have a spray kitchen spray ready for when they try to invade again.
Killing Ants Outside
Ants outside the home can also be a big problem. We have ants here that leave trails in the grass. Others that are leaf cutters that proudly march in their lines to their nests carry bits of leaves from my hibiscus.
If you think ants are a problem only during the day, get a flashlight and have a look at night. We have seen what looked like a mass exodus of ants through our garden wall from the woods. A flow that looked as though it was being carried on water. Amazing to see and gone by morning. Ant hills in the garden will come alive at night, devouring plants while you sleep.
The problem can be rectified by treating the nest. Use a powder on the nest when you know there will be no chance of rain. The treatment works by the ants walking through the powder and taking this with them to the nest. As with any poison ensure children and pets are kept well away from the area being treated.
With so many different types of ants, our lawn was beginning to look like a battlefield full of holes and mounds.
It was only by using this outdoor ant bait that my plants were saved and so was my lawn.
© 2012 Mary Wickison