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The Easy Way To Kill Ants

Living on a farm in Brazil, I've gained local in-depth knowledge of food, plants, and traditions, which I share through my articles.

Meat eater ant

Meat eater ant

How to Get Rid of Ants Inside and Outside

Before arriving in Brazil, I thought there were two types of ants, red and black ones. This was a simplistic view of ants, but it served me well in my life.

There are an estimated 22,000 different types of ants!

Now in Brazil, I have seen many different types. They are fascinating but destructive. I will tell you the closely guarded secret to eliminating ants from your home. Exterminators but they have kept it secret, to keep their profession alive.

Use this information and share with others who have a problem with ants in their home. Using simple everyday products, you can quickly eliminate ants from your kitchen and other rooms in your home.

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.

modern kitchen

modern kitchen

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.

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.

I now ensure I have a kitchen spray ready for when they try to invade again.

Black ant

Black ant

Ant trail cut through grass

Ant trail cut through grass

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.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 Mary Wickison


Mary Wickison (author) from USA on October 28, 2016:

Hi Marlene,

I hope you are as successful with the destruction of your ants as we have been. Let the battle commence.

Mary Wickison (author) from USA on October 28, 2016:

Hi Marlene,

I hope you are as successful with the destruction of your ants as we have been. Let the battle commence.

Marlene Bertrand from USA on October 28, 2016:

These are wonderful solutions that I will definitely try.

Mary Wickison (author) from USA on June 06, 2016:

I don't think you will find 409 here in Brazil. Most spray kitchen cleaners like this will work. I have used Mr. Muscle and that killed the ants.

Thanks for reading.

DestiNova on June 05, 2016:

409 in Brazil? Ok I"m in Brazil and I'll have a look next time I go to GBarbosa.

Mary Wickison (author) from USA on June 07, 2012:

Hello Teaches 12345,

I lived for a short time in Florida, and you're right. It is best to keep them at bay.

Thanks for stopping by.

Dianna Mendez on June 06, 2012:

Thanks for the useful information on the spray for ants. In South Florida you do have to keep your home treated for these critters as they will invade and conquer over time. Voted up!

Dennis L. Page from New York/Pennsylvania border on June 05, 2012:

Yes, you did make my itching worse. :) I'll probably dream about spiders, snakes and ants. I'm in my 6th decade and I still can't stand those creatures. After WW II and my dad who fought in the jungles of New Guinea and the Philippines, he never wanted to picnic outdoors again. I guess that gene was passed on to me. I'll take the deer, fox, coyotes, wild turkeys and bear that visit me over insects any day of the week. Ha ha ha

Mary Wickison (author) from USA on June 05, 2012:

Hi Jhudah,

I know they are part of the eco system and everything plays its part, just let it play it somewhere else. Wherever I stand in the garden, I seem to stand on an anthill.

Thanks for leaving a comment.

Mary Wickison (author) from USA on June 05, 2012:

Oh my goodness, if one ant is enough for you, don't visit the tropics! I have come down in the morning and found a tarantula in the kitchen. This has happened three times. Plus snakes in the bathrooms. I just leave a door open and wait for them to go out.

Have I made your itching worse. LOL

Thanks for the comment.

Mary Wickison (author) from USA on June 05, 2012:

Hi Jeff,

I have never heard of crazy ants but at least that is one we don't have here, or I have discovered yet.

I think you will be impressed with the 409.

Thanks for stopping by.

Jeff Gamble from Denton, Texas on June 05, 2012:

We've got fire ants and "crazy" ants in north Texas - the fire ants sting and the crazy ants bite - Nothing will get your morning off to a rockier start than accidentally stepping on a fire ant mound - Have to try the 409, thanks for the tip

Dennis L. Page from New York/Pennsylvania border on June 05, 2012:

Voted up and useful. Ant trails...really? I would go berserk if I saw ant trails. One ant in the house is one too many for me. I will admit, I too have used 409 on ants and spiders alike. Both seemed to have worked. Okay, now that I've read your article I am itchy all over. Ha ha

Jhudah on June 05, 2012:

i hate ants! and i hate it when they bites. we have a lot red ants in the house and i use insect spray to eliminate them.

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