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Top 8 Best Ways to Destroy an Ant Hill


It’s not a big problem if the outdoor area of your house has a small number of ants, but in the event of massive infestation or if the ants start to creep into the interior of your house, you will have to take action i.e. locate the home of the colony and eliminate that.

It’s easy enough to find the colony. An ant hill will begin to appear once the queen has mated. The ant queen is prone to act immediately after mating, in order to create a safe environment for the colony to thrive underground.

As the ants grow, their activities cause the hill to expand, as they create a series of tunnels that gradually evolve into pathways, chambers and numerous exits. Given the size of the whole network, it can be an extremely difficult task to eliminate it.

Here are eight of the tried and tested methods used for getting rid of anthills.

  1. Boiling water

Boiling water is a simple and effective solution that you can immediately try out. Simply boil a kettle of water, locate the anthill and pour it right over the top.

The water will gradually trickle through the entire maze of tunnels and flood the colony; the heat of the water will be enough to eliminate any ants that come into contact with it. Moreover, the temperature will also ensure that the tunnels themselves are destroyed as well. This may make it seem that the problem could be over in one fell swoop but such is not the case.

The one problem with this method is that if there are any ants buried far deeper, they will have sufficient time to evacuate the nest. If there are survivors, there are high chances that after a few days you will begin to notice evidence of ants attempting to rebuild their colony.

Therefore, read on to discover other ways of eliminating the anthill.

  1. Boric acid

Boric acid has long been regarded as an effective pest killer. It can be used in its powder form or you can mix it with water and pour the mixture over the anthill.

The idea is the same as pouring boiling water. You need to pour the mixture right over the top of the anthill for maximum effect and flood it completely. Ants will be eliminated coming into contact with the mixture, however the mixture might not penetrate deep enough to flood all the tunnels.

Ideally, you should also cover the surrounding area of the anthill to be thorough.  This is really not very effective when it comes to ant colonies and mounds, some workers will be eliminated but not controlled.

  1. Flattening it out

If the anthill that has been made is very solid, then a simple solution is using a rake to get rid of the anthill and completely flatten out that ground which will eliminate the entrance to the hive. This will upset a lot of the ants and establish amongst them that the area is no longer safe for staying.

The ants however will rebuild after that, so you’ll have to stick at it for a while, before they get the message that the area is permanently unsafe. However if you want to completely avoid chemicals, this would be the way to do it.

If you want a faster solution to the problem, then it would be best to use an anti-pest product.  We would recommend a good ant gel bait to control most ants that are foraging on the exterior. Ant-Trax’s will work great for most all ants accept Carpenter ant and Fire ants.

  1. Ensuring that you dig deep

If you want to stick with the manual labor, you can improve the effectiveness of your strategy by using a shovel to dig deeper. The idea is to completely destroy the hive and not just disrupt activities at the surface level.

Should you choose to do this, you will realize as you dig, how deep underground the ants actually create their colony. Keep digging until you begin to see the tunnels and chambers. You should aim to spot the queen and her chamber, and subsequently eliminating both.  Not sure what you do with the ants after you dig them up, but make sure to work quick if you are concerned with bites and stings.

  1. Fuel

Diesel and petro are controversial alternatives in this regard. Their toxicity ensures that any ants that come into contact with them will die.

But the problem with fuel is that it can be extremely dangerous and the fumes are harmful for you and your family as well. Moreover if you live a hot climate with high exposure to sunlight, using fuel is all the more dangerous.  This is a crazy idea and we have come a long way with ant gel bait, such as Ant-Trax’s.

  1. Carbonated water

Carbonated water has been known to be extremely effective, especially for eliminating ants at the deeper levels of the anthill. The idea is that the carbon dioxide displaces all the oxygen in the area where the water is poured. The reaction extends deep underground and causes the ants to suffocate at the deeper levels.

  1. Ant bait

Ant traps and baits can be extremely effective in getting rid of an entire colony of ants. They will consume the bait and end up taking it back to the nest to store as it will have stuck to their bodies. This way it will be ensured that even the ants at the lower levels of the anthill will come into contact with it and subsequently eliminated.  We have a 100% guaranteed product and ant control kit for any size ant.  Best option and most effective method of control.

  1. Soapy water

This idea is an expansion of the boric acid method. Any soap may be used, but for this particular purpose, Borax would be a good option.

Creating a mixture that is soapy works has two effects. Enough liquid would be sufficient to drown out the colony, and would also destroy the structures if it’s boiling. The stickiness of the soap will make it difficult for ants to escape the deluge.

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