At War with Ants

amy elizabethBattling the outdoor ant hills, that’s been my mission the last few days, and rather unsuccessfully too I might add. They pick the worst places, mostly near the water sources, making  their enormous and complex villages impossible to treat.

At first I wanted to be nature friendly and poured gallons of vinegar on the ant hills. That did nothing, except provoke an attack on me by billions of pickled ants.  Keeping the pet residents in mind, using poison is always a concern, but I thought ant traps covered with something would be ok. I bought Amdro ant traps, placed two on each hill and covered it. Again, a fail. After two days the ant hill was even bigger, and obviously, a thriving queen ant still occupied the throne.

This morning I attacked one ant hill by a tree with a shovel, it’s now a giant hole half way to China. Whatever is left of their village and might be considered salvageable by an ant army, has been flooded with a garden hose. Hopefully I’ve drowned billions of ants but I doubt it. That tree limits what I can use effectively, not to mention, wild rabbits feed there.

The other hill, well it’s time to get out the big guns on that one. No trees are involved, and that’s about as much respect the environment is getting from me. There’s only one thing that 100% works on ant hills, it isn’t environmentally friendly, and quite frankly, I don’t care. Unless somebody has a better idea, I’m using gasoline and ending this battle once and for all.

Products on my FAIL List
• Vinegar
• Boric Acid
• Amdro Ant Traps
• Bleach


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amy elizabeth, writer, author, antique dealer. Lives in the northeastern reaches of the Sonoran Desert on a small hobby farm.
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4 Responses to At War with Ants

  1. Pingback: About Those Ants | TBN Ranch

  2. A New Path says:

    oh, my gosh…attack of the billion pickled ants! LOL I am sorry the vinegar didn’t work.

  3. bulldog says:

    Gasoline is the only way to go… had some success using Fumitabs… but nothing works quite as well as gasoline….

  4. Littlesundog says:

    I haven’t noticed any of the awful “fire” ants around here the last couple of years. The smaller ants are never a big problem. When you find a great solution, I’ll be all ears! I’m sure sooner or later we’ll be doing battle with those buggars too!

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