Posts tagged "bugs"

April 3, 2012

No More Ants!

I posted last week about the large ant hill in our backyard.  I have been checking on it everyday and the ants are gone!  They haven’t tried to rebuild in the same spot and I haven’t found them anywhere else in the yard.

You can see the circle where I put the sugar/baking soda mixture, that seemed to burn the grass. The boiling water with cayenne pepper killed the grass (it may have been in combination with the frost we had that night).  It shouldn’t be an issue to get new grass to grow there this early in the year.  I would definitely use these methods again if more ants move into our yard.  I didn’t have to buy anything, I had it all in the house already.  And most importantly I didn’t have to worry about chemicals around our dog.

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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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