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Ants are Here to Stay but Need to be Eradicated

Pests are here to stay. They come in different forms and sizes. Some are poisonous and yet there are others that are a nuisance but are harmless.  We have ants that belong in this category. There are many varieties in ants and all of them make their appearance, here, there and everywhere.  They sometimes form such huge lines that we do not know where they begin and where they end.  They seem so disciplined, walking one behind the other.

We all know ants will be seen around anything that has sweetness in it.  I have, however observed that is not always the case. I have 3 bottles on my buffet table. One is a calcium syrup which I take. Then there is the syrup which our pet Preiti takes – her tonic. There is the honey bottle too. If I forget to keep the honey bottle in the water moat that I have for sweet things ants will be seen all over the honey bottle but not on the other two syrups which are also very sweet.

It is amazing how ants know that they are not supposed to taste those two syrups. I wonder if they have a nose that can determine the difference. Or do they have eys to know which is honey and which is not. I am perplexed how ants go about choosing their food.

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I use notix powder on them most unwillingly as they too have a right to live but not when they get into my life. I too have a right to live without anyone disturbing me. This whole thing about killing pests be it rats, cockroaches, ants or even those that destroy my garden upsets me no end. I sometimes wonder why it has to be this way. It makes me sad. Even those ants that do not bite need to be eradicated. Nature has put us in a situation such as this but we have no other alternative.

 

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    • We are infested with ants. Tried everything. Got this expensive spray. Trying so hard to get rid of them. Put down a plate and in a few minutes ants are crawling over it even though it is empty.

      • I have solved that problem in our household. I have a water moat and plates are kept in that moat where ants cannot come. I also use Notix a very effective and safe insecticide.

    • Only lived one place that I can recall where we had a real problem with ants. Can think of a lot of places where we had a roach problem. I was more than happy to get rid of them!

      • We are well equipped to get rid of ants and even cockroaches. At the moment we have no cockroaches though

    • I heard that ants do not like the smell of cinnamon. I'm not sure how true that is. I believe that ants need to stay outside and away from my house but they do have a purpose in life. They do help break down things that are no longer living.

    • Ants are blessing and black insects are also blessing for home. Yes, if ants bring food in home to store means food will be in the house. If ants take food from the house to to another place means food will be less in the house the whole year> it all true check it practically.

      Killing ants is sometimes a necessity when you have an infestation and there is no end in sight. It's the least desirable option but it must be considered when you have them in the home constantly

      try one of the following methods to deal with the ant trail:
      Dip a sponge into soapy water. Simply wipe the sponge down the trail, collecting ants. Rinse them down the drain. Rinse and repeat as often as required until all ants in the trail have been removed.
      Spray the trail with all-purpose cleaner or a bleach solution.

      Wipe it up with a wet paper towel. Spraying the nest can be effective, but you really want to make sure you get them all, otherwise killing part of the colony can simply encourage certain species to establish new colonies, which is counter-productive to you.

      Use 1 tablespoon of peanut butter, 2 tablespoons of sugar, 2 teaspoons of borax, 1 teaspoon of water. Mix well. Place a small amount on little pieces of cardboard where the ants are active. Watch them swarm it and carry back to nest.

      If it kills them too quickly, try 1 1/2 teaspoons of borax. You want them to carry it back and kill the colony and the queen.

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