We’re being taken over by ants in our house. But I think I’ve found the cure!
You can’t see the ants, but drop a piece of food on the floor and wait 5 minutes. The food will either be gone, or covered in ants and on it’s way to being gone.
So I splashed out today. I paid R240 for imported Ant Poison. That’s a LOT in my opinion, especially for a 280 gram jar.
But it looks like it works like a charm.
The ant poison I’m trying out is “MAXFORCE Ant Bait Granules” by “Bayer Advanced“.
It smells like dog food and looks like tiny dog pellets, and the ants go CRAZY for the stuff. The key thing is, they don’t eat it on the spot, and it’s not immediately poisonous, so they take it back to the nest, and within around 7 days, dead ants should be noticed around the nests.
I poured this stuff around the house (outside) and it looked like the ants were on speed. 1 ant was busy carrying a dead fly of some sorts, and it dropped it for a pellet a quarter of the size of the fly.
Photos of ants and poison
Here are a few photos of the ants taking the poison (click for larger images):
Info about the Ant Poison
As I mentioned, I’m using “MAXFORCE Ant Bait Granules” by “Bayer Advanced“. Here is the information from the back of the packaging:
For outdoor use only
The delayed action of the active ingredient allows foraging ants to bring the bait back to the nest so that the entire colony, including the queen, is destroyed.
When properly used, this bait will control many structure-invading ants before they enter a building.
Do not apply other insecticides e.g. aerosols, sprays, etc. on top of or in close proximity to Maxforce Ant Bait Granules, as it will reduce the effectiveness.
Reduced activity and dead ants around the entrance of the nest should be noted around 7 days after baiting.
1. Perimeter Treatment
Lightly sprinkle granules at the rate of 6 g/m2 in a band of 0,5m wide around the perimeter of buildings where ants are active. Treat ant trails, cracks and crevices where ants may enter structures.
2. Broadcast Application
Broadcast granules uniformly on lawns and other areas at the rate of 20 g/100 m2. Bait will remain effective, even after exposure to rain and sprinklers, for up to 7 days in direct sunlight.
3. Ant Nests
Sprinkle approximately 30g of bait around active nests. Do not apply bait directly in or on the mound. If the mound is disturbed, ants will become agitated and may not feed on the bait.
So, I’ll be sure to take more photos in a week or 2 and see if the ant population in and around our house has declined.
And hopefully, this means the ants will stop climbing and destroying my herbs and fruit trees!!!