Ant Poison – Substances, chemicals, and minerals commonly referred to as ant poison are in widespread use across the country. When all of the cleaning in the world can’t keep them away, when your yard and kept gardens are mounded with unsightly hills, and the foundation of your home is riddled with fleets of large, black ants, there seem to be no better alternatives than quick, mass destruction.
You are not alone, and though many natural remedies are effective, they usually take quite a bit longer to take hold than does powerful ant poison.
The most common, and arguably the most effective, ant poison for use on indoor pests is a boric acid salt compound. This mineral is an additive to most major brands of sweet baits, and is also effective in a liquid gel form.
The odor of the sweet baits and gels is designed to trigger the pheromone that ants use to detect and hunt for food, drawing them in. Once baited, the ants are encouraged to eat their fill, as this poison is a slow acting one. The ants then take this poison back to the colony, where it is distributed via regurgitation and storage.
The trickle effect ensues, infecting a mass attack with little effort. The only drawback to this, as with many pest control poisons, is that these sweet baits are best left in the open areas where ants have been known to gather, which makes them accessible to children and pets. Use of this method is left to personal discretion.
There is a new prospective ant poison which is garnering much attention of late. It isn’t a poison actually, but gained a lot of medical and media attention in the early eighties for being mass marketed in soft drinks and popular artificial sweeteners, only later to be found responsible for giving cancer to lab rats.
If you guessed aspartame, you would be absolutely correct. People in great numbers are swearing by the powers of aspartame when used to combat ant infestation problems, and it is reported to drop them dead.
Broadcast methods are commonly used for outdoor ant infestation, using granule applications of hydromethylnon and Naban. For carpenter, argentine, and fire ant issues, these chemical granules are spread with common fertilizing and seeding tools, with a touch of luck and a shove from nature taking over from there.
The colonies are meant to find these granules, much as the household ants seek out the sweet baits, and take them back to the troops for consumption.
Boiling pots of water can be effective in the short term, for infestations around the structural areas of your home. There are also specialists who can be enlisted for help with the ultimately dangerous issue of fire ants.