Bleach temporarily kills ants but is not effective for eliminating a long-term ant invasion. Other popular methods for killing ants, such as ammonia, window cleaner, hot water and pesticide sprays, also have limited impact.
Some ants are attracted to sweet foods and are successfully lured into baits containing boric acid. Sweet ant baits typically take up to two weeks to kill ants within a colony; however, bait traps are not effective on ant species that avoid sweet baits. For instance, Argentine ant infestations are common in California. These ants are highly resistant to all types of ant killers. Research into Argentine ant behavior found that ant invasions are connected to changes in weather conditions.Learn More
Depending on the type of extermination, accessibility and size of a structure, costs for termite treatment range from $1,200 to over $3,000 as of 2014. Chemicals, bait, fumigation and heat are all methods used to stop the damage caused by termites.Full Answer >
Raid and other household insecticides use pyrethrins, which are possibly dangerous if inhaled, swallowed or absorbed through the skin. Topical exposure causes itching, burning or numbness, while ingestion causes dizziness, headache and nausea. Large doses are extremely dangerous, as they may cause convulsions and loss of consciousness.Full Answer >
It is best to contact a beekeeper to remove a swarm. Beekeepers use a box to scoop up the bees and take them to another location. Bee swarms, called clusters, generally leave when they locate a new nesting site, making removal unnecessary.Full Answer >
To get rid of a beehive inside a wall, drill holes around the hive, apply insecticide, open the wall, remove the hive, and wash the wall. The supplies you need include a drinking glass, a drill, a dry insecticide sprayer, insecticide, a saw, gloves, a scraper, water and detergent.Full Answer >