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Anthills - Mark's Journal
One of the drawbacks of being paid way less than I used to be is that there's no possible way I can justify paying someone else to mow my lawn. I've been letting it get a little ragged, and not doing the whole thing all at once, but I'm keeping at least the front pretty presentable.

While I cleared some fallen branches last night before mowing, I discovered a pretty large anthill in the front yard. I'd already noticed several small ones on the driveway.

I asked on Twitter if anyone had suggestions for doing away with the anthills without risking scattering the ants such that they'd end up in my house, and I got a couple of responses each of pouring boiling water into the anthill, and sprinkling some diatomaceous earth over it.

Anyone else care to weigh in with suggestions before I do something?
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sylrayj From: sylrayj Date: May 22nd, 2013 03:25 am (UTC) (Link)
I read once to get a large plant pot, invert it over the ant hole, and then tuck a toad in there. After a while, check to see if the toad ate all of the ants, and if not, wait a while longer.

I've never tried it, or heard of anyone who did.

My mom used a product called Green Cross. It's a poison the ants take to the queen, and she eats enough that she dies and production of new ants is halted. You have a full year of far too many ants, but then they start dwindling.
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: May 22nd, 2013 03:28 am (UTC) (Link)

I love the toad idea. :-)
sylrayj From: sylrayj Date: May 22nd, 2013 06:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
So do I. :) There are instructions for setting up a toad house, if you'd like to consider this route for the future. :)
jccohen From: jccohen Date: May 22nd, 2013 02:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Contact hankpym@theavengers.hero and see if you can borrow his ant man helmet.
sunnycrittenden From: sunnycrittenden Date: May 24th, 2013 03:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Raid makes this sticky liquid that's poison but like candy to the ants so they take it back to their queen and she dies and then so does the whole colony. We had two big ant hills in the back yard and I used that and there were no ants in the hill 2 weeks later.

It's also good in the house. We were getting black ants in the house two different times and I used that stuff and again, within about 1-2 weeks they were gone.
queenmabwords From: queenmabwords Date: May 29th, 2013 04:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

I still kinda miss them.

My Dad tired of my Phase IV project when my Anna started playing it the yard.

It had started out as a small hill when I first moved in. I thought, "Well, how large can it get if I let it go?" It eventually was about 5ish feet across and then started sending out new satellite colonies. This took 15 years. Don't wait that long.

Dad circumvented my Buddhist ways by pouring gasoline down the hill while we were on vacation. What isn't killed by direct contact dies by the fumes.

Phase IV eventually settled back into the ground again and you'd never know it was there. After all, the ants just moved the existing dirt upwards when they made their nest, once no one was maintaining it, the nest slowly collapsed back in on itself.
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