SAN ANTONIO - All of this rain has brought out the fire ants. According to Molly Keck, Entomologist of the Bexar County AgriLife Extension, there are some effective and non-effective ways of getting rid of them.What Works Boiling Water:
If outdoor ants and ant hills are a problem, try pouring boiling hot water straight onto the ant hills. Be careful not to burn yourself, as the hot water will splash. You may have to repeat this a few times to kill ants and get rid of them, but it usually causes ants to find more hospitable environments. Lemons:
A lemon juice mixture also works. Mix up about half lemon juice and half water. Put this in a spray bottle and spray everywhere ants are seen and anywhere they can enter. This includes spraying around the outside of the house. Boric Acid:
Many people swear by boric acid mixed with anything sweet to get rid of ants. The mixture ratio should be 2 parts sweet substance to 1 part boric acid. It is supposed to be a very effective way to eliminate ants. What Doesn't WorkGrits:
Just sprinkle them dry anywhere ants have been seen. Once the ants have ingested them, they expand and kill the ants. This is also an effective way to kill ants outside. Just sprinkle the instant grits all around any ant hills.Club Soda:
The club soda is said to emit a gas which kills the queen. Sweet n Low & Equal:
The sweetener (Aspartame) was originally developed as an ant killer. The aspartame found in Sweet n" Low or Equal would kill fire ants by destroying their nervous system.
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