(Pest control) Updates on 1-step ant poison

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After quite some months of using the 1-step ant poison, I have this to say: ants these days are getting more intelligent. Heh.

I don’t think it’s purely the fault of the poison for not working. What I believe is that the ants either adapt to the poison so quickly, or else they quickly learn to scent out and detect the poison, that usually after a week or so, they avoid the poisoned liquid.

I’ve tried the 1-step one on ants in the garden and ants in my kitchen, and both sets (different nests, I guess?) avoid the liquid.

However, I’ve also bought other ant poisons in the meantime (Horti ant-dust or something; and another ant lures/traps from Giant supermart) and none of them have worked.

We need stupider ants, or more intelligent traps.

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(Pest control) 1-step ant poison

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I refer to this post I’d written not too long ago, on using a newly-bought liquid ant killer.

Over the past week of daily   application along my house all the way to the other end of my neighbor’s house, I have seen a gradual decline of ants along their usual trail.

The day after I’d applied the ant poison outside one of my neighbor’s house, my neighbor approached my dad to tell him what I did (I asked for his permission first), said that the ants IN his house had vanished, and asked if I could buy a set for him.

I suppose this 1-step ant killer does work.

Their ant poison can be found here.

(Pest control) Ants

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With the pelleted ant poison not working (yeah, I sat there for half an hour observing the ants and their behavior, and only less than 1% of the total ant trail population would pick up the pelleted poison), I was forced to consider other chemical alternatives.

I chanced upon liquid poison at a homefix (I think) store in a local mall yesterday, and bought the pack of poison for $5.90.

I’d applied the liquid at various points along the extremely long ant trail (I live in a corner unit in a block which is built in an L-shape, and the trail went all the way to the other end of the ‘L’), and over one hour, I saw hundreds of ants congregate at the liquid poison points.

It will probably take a few days to a week to check on the effectiveness of the poison, after which I will update once more.

(Pest control) Ants

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It seems that ants these days have grown accustomed to ant poison in pellet form, and largely avoid them.

Seeing ants congregate and climbing up and down my vitex trifolia plant which seems to be constantly infected with scales (although daily spraying of garbage enzyme helps A LOT to keep their numbers down) drives me a bit nutty since ants farm scales for their sweet nectarish secretions. Good for the ants, bad for my plant. So, it’s them which has to go, both ants and scales.

I found the whole ant trail this morning, and as a first round of attack, I sprayed home-made white oil on all of them. The white oil consists of about 30ml water, one teaspoon of cooking oil, and one squirt of dishwashing liquid. Unfortunately (in the past at least), these ratios are too strong for plants’ leaves, so one has to make sure that the plant has been watered beforehand, or you don’t spray on the leaves directly at all.

I made sure all the ants on the trail were dead. I must have killed hundreds of them. If I continue doing that every day, I expect to see larger and larger ants coming out each day, which mean that the nest’s worker ants has diminished and they’re sending out soldier ants now.

I’ve tried the corn meal method, but I cannot be sure it works since 1) I can’t see the ants when they take the corn meal back to their nest and I’m not sure if they really do explode; 2) my packet or corn meal got infested by some weevil things.

However, I will be dunking the whole pot of my vitex trifolia in warm water soon to kill the ants which have made a nest in it. And couple it up with a two-pronged attack by spraying more white oil or white vinegar on any other ants I see.


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WikiHow contains some amusing techniques to kill ants without using pesticides

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