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I posted this in the CE section as well.

I have 2 large ant hills on my lawn and I am looking for a natural way to kill/eradicate them. Unfortunately, we can longer use pest killer/fertilizer mix up here where I live so I am wondering what others have used, naturally, to kill them?

I watch a few youtube vids and some say boiling water, Dawn dish soap, Borax, vinegar or simply drown them with a garden hose.

I assume most of you guys south of me in the U.S. can use pesticides but I am wondering, besides those, what else you have used that works?

Thanks. :bc:

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I just purchased these at CDN Tire as per Vince's suggestion in the CE section. These are suppose to be the best? Time will tell, I guess? 

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@irv I had HUGE ant problem this year with several nests and coming in the house.  I used this:  http://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/raid-liquid-ant-killer-0593936p.html#srp  I squirted it by entrances and onto the nests.  The first day I could see thousands of ants coming back and forth to it.  Within about 3 days...  0 ants anywhere.  Not sure about longevity but its been about 3wks so far.

 

 

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3 hours ago, odot1 said:

@irv I had HUGE ant problem this year with several nests and coming in the house.  I used this:  http://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/raid-liquid-ant-killer-0593936p.html#srp  I squirted it by entrances and onto the nests.  The first day I could see thousands of ants coming back and forth to it.  Within about 3 days...  0 ants anywhere.  Not sure about longevity but its been about 3wks so far.

 

 

Thanks Sean. I have used that product before, and just bought some more today, but maybe I have been doing it wrong? I always just poured the stuff down the hole instead of beside/near it. I did put some out last year in a pickle jar lid on top of my big nest, and I did see the ants eating it, but the hill still remains. Like the Terro stuff I purchased today, maybe it isn't strong enough for these larger outdoor ants? I did poke a few holes in the hills today to find some voids (youtube vid suggestion) then poured some vinegar down them. I looked at my Terro baits a few times today and not once did I see an ant at them, but they were placed after the vinegar treatment so, just maybe, the vinegar actually did something? I let you know what I find/see in a few days.

Take care, and thanks again. :bc:

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My buddy's dad always used gas. I'd see him going around the driveway and sidewalks, where ever ants were living, and pouring gas in and around the hole. Of course it killed the grass and ever living plant too but hey, it killed the ants.

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2 hours ago, Blackstar said:

My buddy's dad always used gas. I'd see him going around the driveway and sidewalks, where ever ants were living, and pouring gas in and around the hole. Of course it killed the grass and ever living plant too but hey, it killed the ants.

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And on that note , let's all sing the Pink Panther theme song to " Dead Ant , Dead Ant  ,"

 

 

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On 6/11/2017 at 8:54 PM, odot1 said:

Good luck Irv!!!! 

Thanks Sean. I have checked the past few days now and I haven't seen an any since. I can't say it's the Terro baits I purchased or the vinegar I poured down some holes I made, but the big ant hills are fairly dormant/inactive as of today.

I had a large breakout of smaller ants in the back yard where the patio and the house meets the other day so I laid out 2-3 of those Terro baits, and as well, nary an ant anywhere, not even smaller, individual ant nests we get sporadically throughout our interlock.  

On 6/11/2017 at 9:32 PM, Blackstar said:

My buddy's dad always used gas. I'd see him going around the driveway and sidewalks, where ever ants were living, and pouring gas in and around the hole. Of course it killed the grass and ever living plant too but hey, it killed the ants.

I

Gas will definitely work, as I have read that numerous times during my search, but so far, these seem to be doing the trick, thankfully! 

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23 minutes ago, irv said:

Thanks Sean. I have checked the past few days now and I haven't seen an any since. I can't say it's the Terro baits I purchased or the vinegar I poured down some holes I made, but the big ant hills are fairly dormant/inactive as of today.

I had a large breakout of smaller ants in the back yard where the patio and the house meets the other day so I laid out 2-3 of those Terro baits, and as well, nary an ant anywhere, not even smaller, individual ant nests we get sporadically throughout our interlock.  

Gas will definitely work, as I have read that numerous times during my search, but so far, these seem to be doing the trick, thankfully! 

A less expensive and less "explosive" option if someone were to drop a cigarette butt is diesel fuel. You can actually put one out in a jug of diesel.

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6 hours ago, irv said:

Thanks Sean. I have checked the past few days now and I haven't seen an any since. I can't say it's the Terro baits I purchased or the vinegar I poured down some holes I made, but the big ant hills are fairly dormant/inactive as of today.

I had a large breakout of smaller ants in the back yard where the patio and the house meets the other day so I laid out 2-3 of those Terro baits, and as well, nary an ant anywhere, not even smaller, individual ant nests we get sporadically throughout our interlock.  

Gas will definitely work, as I have read that numerous times during my search, but so far, these seem to be doing the trick, thankfully! 

Awesome...  glad things worked out for you...  I'm still ant free so far!!  Seems to be bad year for them around my area.

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On ‎2017‎-‎06‎-‎15 at 2:32 PM, 02sled said:

A less expensive and less "explosive" option if someone were to drop a cigarette butt is diesel fuel. You can actually put one out in a jug of diesel.

You can put a cigarette out in gasoline as well.

 

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1 minute ago, Let it Snow! said:

Just have to make sure you don't hit the edge of the container!

True, but pouring a little gas on the ground and butting a smoke on it will never ignite it. Cliffy is wrong again.

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Boiling water, gas will work? However, you must kill the queen to kill the nest. Thus you need lots of fluid for it to reach the queen, unless you get lucky? Use a shovel to open the nest up 1st and go pretty deep!

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8 hours ago, yarddawg said:

Boiling water, gas will work? However, you must kill the queen to kill the nest. Thus you need lots of fluid for it to reach the queen, unless you get lucky? Use a shovel to open the nest up 1st and go pretty deep!

That ant poison in the little tins works well, they go in and take it back to the nest. The queen could be twenty feet from the entrance.

 

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On ‎21‎/‎06‎/‎2017 at 6:46 PM, Boered said:

That ant poison in the little tins works well, they go in and take it back to the nest. The queen could be twenty feet from the entrance.

 

No luck with them!

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