Red ants are best killed with hot water and soap, according to Organic Gardening magazine. Additionally, many commercially made products are effective in killing red ants, however, most are harmful to the environment, animals and children, making it important to use them responsibly.Know More
To use the hot water method, simply heat water to scalding and pour the water on a red ant nest to kill its inhabitants, according to Organic Gardening. The downside of this method is that hot water kills both grass and plants, as well as causes burns, when spilled, so use this method with caution. The bucket and drown method is one of the best ways to eradicate one or two problem mounds. Before using this method, wear long pants tucked into socks and sprinkle the nest with baby powder or corn starch to prevent the ants from coming out of the nest. Dig up the mound using a shovel and quickly put its contents into a bucket. Fill the bucket with soapy water to drown the ants.
Organic Gardening does not recommend using household cleaners and other products not developed to kill fire ants. Many of these products simply disturb the ants' nest, causing the colony to rebuild, typically just a few feet from the old colony.Learn More
Adult mosquitoes cannot be killed with bleach. However, mosquito larvae can be killed by bleach. It is not recommended to spray bleach at adult mosquitoes.Full Answer >
Cinnamon is a great option for killing ants. When an ant inhales cinnamon, it suffocates and dies. Other powdery substances like cayenne or coffee also kills ants through inhalation and suffocation.Full Answer >
To kill ghost ants, set out a slow-acting bait that these ants can carry back to the nest to kill the queen and the rest of the colony. This requires a quality bait product. The bait should be set out for several days until no more ants are observed.Full Answer >
Killing black ants in the kitchen can be done simply with a dish soap solution spray, with commercial chemical sprays such as Raid, or by setting baited traps like the Combat Quick Kill. Killing the visible black ants is just the first step, as once you get rid of them, you have to keep the next wave from coming back. The best solution is one that both kills and deters the ants from coming back.Full Answer >