Thursday, 1 March 2018

Ants in my pants

Remember that tune?
James Brown?
I got ants in my pants and I need to dance.
Really, I don't have ants in my pants, but I feel like I do.

This is February, a month with limited rainfall. Every dry season, it seems as if more and more ants come to live in my garden.
They build lovely big ant hills or should I say mansions and villas and no matter how much Sevin or Terminix I place around the hills it doesn't seem to do much at all.
They just move the colony to another part of the garden and build even bigger condo ant hills.
It's as if they're trying to prove a point with me.
"We ain't leaving bout hay!!  It is here we intend to stay!!! We ain't going nowhere!! We ain't leaving hay at all!!".

Well this year I've had ENOUGH!!!
Time to bring out the big guns.
Doing some research on the internet, I read about Boric Acid, the number one thing to get rid of ants for good.
Only one way to find out if it would solve my problem with these freaking ants, I decided to give it a try....my last resort.
I did have 20Mule Borax Laundry Booster in my laundry which contains some Boric acid but I wanted the true legit stuff.
At the pharmacy I bought a small bottle of Boric Acid to test out the new ant bait.
 I gathered all the items needed to make the deadly ant poison.
 The recipe called for Syrup and Boric Acid and that was it.

 A few old butter containers with holes punched around the rims for the ants to get in (after the tops are sealed)
 I used a disposable paper plate to make the deadly concoction.

Boric Acid Ant Bait

3oz (18 teaspoons) Syrup
3/4 teaspoon Boric Acid
Mix together really well.  The formula is the exact formula that works every time apparently...time will tell if it works for my ants.

I spooned even amounts of the mixture into the containers.

 Placed the lids on and sealed them properly....don't want you know who to get at the contents.
 The ants can still get in through the holes in the rims.

 Placed the containers in strategic areas of the garden where the ants were cavorting.
Party over here!!

 Another party over here!!!  Yes Sir!
 Ant mounds at the feet of my gazebo.

 Ant mounds next to my large pots of palms

 Anthill here and an anthill there...here are ants...there are ants...everywhere are ants ants!!!

I really hope this works.
I am sick and tired of these pesky ants.
I want to get the Queen ant dead....I hope all the worker ants take the syrup to her and feeds her royal butt and she bites the dust taking them all along with her to ant heaven.
I may sound like a sadistic gardener, but I have had ENOUGH!!
Will post my results in a future post....wish me luck.

I also came across this video on how to catch the Queen ant, so will also be giving this a try....stay tuned.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Vee. I've been away hor's de combat part of the time so I'm only just catching up in Blogland. I do hope that your ant ridding method works. Oddly I have hardly ever seen an ant on Lewis. Where I lived on The Wirral many decades ago we were plagued by ants in the house under our wooden parquet flooring.

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