March 26, 2012

Ants in Our Pants

Well, really in our yard, but I don’t want them to get any closer to our pants!  Last week I noticed ants starting to build a hill in our backyard so I covered it with the lid to our fire pit.  My thought at the time was that it would suffocate the ants and they would die or leave.  Today I picked up the lid and was shocked to see the hill was HUGE!  Yuck, and obviously my idea wasn’t that great.

Here is the ant hill, the lid I had covered it with, and a tennis ball for scale.

After some research (herehere, and here) I started my attack on the ants.  This is what I did:

1. I sprinkled a mixture of equal parts powdered sugar and baking soda around the hill.  The idea is the ants will want to eat the sugar and won’t be able to avoid the baking soda.  Baking soda creates excess carbon dioxide in their systems and kills them.

2. I poured boiling water mixed with cayenne pepper on the hill.  The boiling water will kill some ants and discourage the others.  Ants don’t like hot peppers (all I had on hand was cayenne pepper), so hopefully they get the hint that we don’t want them.  I may have to repeat this step depending on the results.

3. I also read that ants don’t like cold temperatures and it just so happens that we are supposed to get a frost tonight.  I am hoping that with the boiling water and the baking soda poison I will have them scrambling when the cold hits tonight and that will kill off any survivors.

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