Product Type: Nippon garden chemicals
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Ants in your Pants?
Nippon Ant Killer Liquid
Member Name: azana
Nippon Ant Killer Liquid
Date: 13/04/10, updated on 13/04/10 (846 review reads)
Disadvantages: ants die hideous death
Not being able to work out where they were coming from, and indeed where they were heading carrying their cereal fare aloft whilst practically waving at me, after a bit of necessary housekeeping I looked into ways of sorting out what was looking like a bit of an ant invasion. What's cute when watching "A Bug's Life" is a bit more sinister when crawling across your work surfaces and trying to break into the cookie jar.
I'm no ant expert, but I do know that Spring is the time of the year when they start to get more active, we get several impressive mounds outside in our garden every year, which is fine, but once they had decided our kitchen was an ant takeaway something, clearly, had to be done.
I remembered Nippon being around when I was little, along with a boiling kettle it was always my dad's weapon of choice where ants were concerned. It's a liquid is designed to be taken back to the nest by the worker ants where it kills the whole colony. A tube set me back a reasonable £1.99 from Robert Dyas, for 30mls, apparently enough to treat 3-6 nests, I was hoping we only had the one.
The plastic tube is covered by foil, which has to be pierced with a pin. It's common sense that the contents should be kept away from children and pets, the tube also suggests washing your hands after application. The clear gel inside is sugary and designed to appeal to ants, the active ingredient being "spinosad", which wiki informs me "kills susceptible species by causing rapid excitation of the insect nervous system". Nice.
I applied the gel to a small bit of plastic, as suggested, and left it in my cereal-and-foodstuff-bereft cupboards. You have to actually allow the ants to eat the bait for a few days, and change it every 24 hours as it dries out, a few drops suffice. This was relatively easy to do, and the ants were certainly keen to feast on this, whilst wondering what happened to the "snap, crackle, pop" no doubt.
The tube suggested it would take about 7 days to see results, and as promised in about that time our cupboard was ant free, and has stayed so since.
Prior to using this I had tried more humane methods, such as cinnamon which google assured me would work (it didn't), and I do feel slightly bad that I doubt eating this stuff was a pleasant experience for the ants, but needs must.
From my experience this liquid does seem to work really well, if you can live with having ants feeding on it for a few days before they die, and take care to keep it away from water sources and use sensibly, I think it is a good product. Nippon do make some special bait traps to be used in conjunction with this item, they are just little pots with holes in, and come with a tube of this liquid for about the £5 mark, they are a good choice if you are worried at all about pets or children getting near the liquid.
I recommend this product as sorting out our ant issue effectively and fairly quickly, at reasonable cost, unfortunately for the ants Nippon Ant Killer Liquid certainly lives up to its name!
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