I have an ant infestation and I spray windex to kill the swarms of tiny
ants but it takes so much to kill ants that the carpets, walls, and grout
turns blue from the dye in the commercial window cleaner.
Do you know if I just buy ammonia and mix it at the correct percentage that
it will still kill ants without staining my carpets blue?
What percentage of ammonia would you use?
Do you know HOW ammonia kills the ants?
Is there a better way to kill an ant infestation?
Yup. Terro is it. It used to just come in a bottle and you had to apply it
to cardboard or those plastic ant traps that don't work. Now you can get it
in little plastic containers that you snip a hole in the bottom so the ants
can get in. They go in, sup of the poison, then take it back to kill off the
colony. I put some containers out in April and I've watched at least 5
different colonies get wiped out. Tiny red ones, and 4 sizes of black ones.
One container was completely full of giant black ants one morning. I only
noticed it because the container was actually moving, due to all the ants
inside. They emptied that container in 2 days, which is VERY fast. I never
saw them again.
The little 1 ounce bottle is still available. I just posted a link to
it in this thread. You don't actually have to put it ON anything. I
just put a drop here and there directly on the floor along baseboards
where they migrate. It doesn't seem to hurt the floor. It's not toxic
to pets or babies, so it doesn't really need the containers.
While alcohol is its primary active ingredient, it does contain a small
amount of ammonia (unless you get the vinegar version). Note the
reference to having a slight ammonia odor.
Its label also states "with Ammonia-D" - an SC Johnson trade name for
some type of aqueous ammonia compound..
There is some ammonia in Windex and similar products, which is
why it kills ants, but it is cheaper/better to just spray
an ammonia solution. It is interesting that ammonia is not
listed in the materials safety datasheet you reference, but
it is definitely there.
Ammonia solution is the best way I have found to kill ants interior
to a residence, since it not only kills them on contact but
neutralizes the formic acid they leave on their trails for
other ants to follow.
For ants external to a residence, I like Grant's ant stakes.
I love how some of you guys take these troll questions seriously..
Personally, I'd use a hammer. It kills the ants dead and doesn't change
the color of the walls . It only leaves holes in them..But everything
I've only seen it in little trays that look kind of like
cheez-n-crackers packs for maybe a buck each. I tried mixing borax with
corn syrup, but it didn't work. Little bastards clearly know the
For instant gratification, you can't beat Home Defense. Well, you can,
but Raid stinks.
Many of the small ants aren't looking for sugar, they want fats.
Try mixing boric acid into some melted chicken fat, then let it
Too much boric acid is gritty to the ants, and they'll avoid it.
I filled a small container lid with that mixture, and the ants were ten
deep trying to get to it. They worked for 3 days and left it totally
clean. They didn't come back.
On Thu, 17 Jul 2008 03:17:52 GMT, Gene S. Berkowitz wrote:
Whilst some ants aim for protein, like dried semen stains the bedsheets,
others prefer sweet things, like sugar crumbs under the table. Still others
go for live insects, still wriggling, and some go for dead insects, dried
up and crunchy.
However, the Argentine ants here in California are omnivorous - they'll eat
just about anything. And, as I said, they're tough to kill 'cuz they have
multiple queens and they can go to any nest, unlike other ants.
Hence they wipe out the indigenous ant population.
Says so right here:
No, you are the blooming idiot who thinks we care about your precious "special
ants". Idiots also think they can disprove a general rule with a small anomally
If those Argentine ants are lurred into taking the Terro, they will carry it
back to all of those nests and be quite effective. If they'll eat "anything",
then they will certainly chow down on Terro.
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