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Research Report : Aspartame as Ant Poison

 
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08/03/2006 06:38 PM
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Research Report : Aspartame as Ant Poison
A few days ago someone posted about Aspartame (Nutrisweet) being useful as an ant poison. I was intrigued, and tested. Here are my results:

I purchased a box of "NutraTaste" (house brand) sweetener. Ingredients: Destrose with Maltodextrin, Aspartame. This was a box of 120 packets of sweetener, for two bucks or so.

The ants have been running amok in the yard this summer, so active ant hills were easy to find. I selected one with lots of activity, including a thick stream of ants travelling to some other hill somewhere else. These are small, black ants.

I moistened the ground with about an ounce of water, then sprinkled one pack of sweetener around the anthill.

Within a few minutes the ants were boiling out to grab the sweetener and take it down into the hole.

This morning I checked again. There were some ants, but not as many.

This afternoon I checked again. I waited for a few minutes and saw one (1) ant.

Looks like this stuff works!

I will be trying on more ant hills and will report back.
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08/03/2006 06:44 PM
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Thanks for the info!

I'm thinking of trying it myself.

What was your reason for using water....just to get it to stick?
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08/03/2006 06:45 PM
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dude, do you have any idea how important ants are to the ecosystem? do not kill ants. they are a natural vaccuum system for your yard. i have black and red ants in my yard and have yet to see any in the house. i guarantee if you start killing them, other colonies will invade your house for revenge. i have seen this happen to other neighbors who had no ant infestations until they poured poison on them.

if you have ants in the house, make a dilution of peppermint oil and water. spray this solution over the threshold of infiltration. ants will not cross it. as for them being outside, leave nature alone. and you call yourself green man????
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08/03/2006 06:48 PM
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What was your reason for using water....just to get it to stick?
 Quoting: Sign of Jonah


I tried it because the articles in the previous post mentioned it. Might not be necessary.
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08/03/2006 06:50 PM
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as for them being outside, leave nature alone. and you call yourself green man????
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I live in the big woods. Believe me, there will still be plenty of ants. They've been getting too plentiful around the house and garden, I'm just pushing them back about 20 feet.
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08/03/2006 06:55 PM
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If you have "fire ants" it is imperetive that you destroy them.
They can build a mound a foot high over nite. If one stings you it will feel like a dozen of them got you. They can kill a cow.

I leav the regular ants alone, but go after the fire ants.
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I tried Equal sweetener (Aspartame ) last year on ants in the house and it did not help one bit. What finally did the job was Terro Liquid Ant Bait traps. I highly recommend it.
HomePlus Ant Killer was also useless.Don't waste your money
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dude, do you have any idea how important ants are to the ecosystem? do not kill ants. they are a natural vaccuum system for your yard. i have black and red ants in my yard and have yet to see any in the house. i guarantee if you start killing them, other colonies will invade your house for revenge. i have seen this happen to other neighbors who had no ant infestations until they poured poison on them.

if you have ants in the house, make a dilution of peppermint oil and water. spray this solution over the threshold of infiltration. ants will not cross it. as for them being outside, leave nature alone. and you call yourself green man????
 Quoting: tk


Yes. Peppermint oil works for spiders as well





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