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      07.09.2013 17:33
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      Not bad but not fantastic either

      I have a huge problem with ants in my garden. Ever since I moved in four years ago I've had to put up with mowing the lawn and breaking ant's nests without realising then running and screaming like a little girl. No matter what I try the garden seems to stay the same year after year. My granddad gave me some of this Nippon powder to try.

      The powder isn't that widely available to purchase, the 500g pot can be bought from Amazon for around £5.50, my granddad purchased this one from a local, outdoor/farm shop.

      The packaging is quite basic on the eye being mainly white with black, grey and red detailing on the front and on the back are the directions of use and the warnings associated with the product. At the top of the packaging is a red child safe cap, after opening this you will see a hole to dispense the powder. Squeezing the pot will make the powder come out which is all well and good but I live quite high up and there is always wind so the powder usually ends up everywhere in the garden despite trying to get close enough to the ants to cover them and stay back enough because they make me squeamish! Every time I've used this it just blows around my garden wasting a lot of the product itself.

      The powder is white in colour and has a very fine consistency, I think this is why it blows away so easily. Luckily, it doesn't smell too bad but the smell is still evident. Of course, with the nature of this product you have to be careful when you are applying it as it is hazardous, we don't want any nasty accidents!

      I can't say I am overly impressed with this. I know my back garden was littered in ants nests all over the lawn and spraying this over the nests and all the ants I could see didn't really do much. Fair enough, the ants that got coated in the powder did die when I went back to check on the progress but I don't think it was effective on the nests as there are always more of the blinding things. Maybe there are more nests below the nests I am applying the powder on but again and again the ants come back no matter how many times I treat them with this powder.

      Despite not having the results I really want and eliminating the ant problem for good, the powder does let me get on with mowing the lawn without being chased around by ants. Seeing ants climbing over the lawn mower and my feet is horrible but I don't have to deal with that as much using this.

      If you are looking for a short term solution I'd recommend this Nippon ant powder but for long lasting affects this isn't for you. I still have quite a lot of the powder left even though I seem to waste loads every time I apply it to infected areas so it does last quite well.

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        05.09.2013 10:49
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        Nip that infestation in the bud

        This summer seems to have been worse than normal as far as insect pests have gone for me at least as I have had loads of problems with different kinds of insects. I had a big problem with ants only a month or so ago and after trying a couple of different things with no success I phoned my mum up for advice and she told me to buy some Nippon as she said it is what she has always used and it has worked a treat for her so I went out to find some.

        I actually found this harder to get hold of than I thought I would and the first few shops that I tried didn't stock it but I finally found it in the garden centre where I got quite a large 500g tub for £5. The tub is made of plastic and on top there is a screw lid which is child safe but pretty easy to remove on and off. There is a hole for the powder to come out which I really liked as it was easy to control the spray of the powder and be able to apply it where I wanted whereas if there had been several holes like on talcum powder bottles I don't think I would have been able to apply it as accurately.

        The ants that I had were mainly in the garden but there was so many of them that within minutes of being outside I would notice that they were crawling up me. Still they didn't bother me that much but when they started coming inside something had to be done even though I felt a little bit guilty about killing them.

        This powder is so easy to use and you are supposed to hunt out the nest first by following the trail of ants but try as I might I could not find a nest though I have my suspicions there may have been more than one or it was a really big nest judging by the amount of ants I had. If you find the nest then you just pour some powder out the tub around the nest to kill the ants off.

        As I couldn't find a nest I just liberally poured powder on the ants when I would see them and I also made sure to put some on corners and by the doorways and anywhere really where I thought they might be gaining entry into the house.
        This stuff is so effective. It killed the ants really quickly when I actually got the powder on them and within a few days of using it the amount of ants that I could see was significantly reduced and with putting the powder in the house I was ant free within a few days which is mainly what I bought it for.

        There are a few things that you need to be careful of when using this powder such as the fact that you shouldn't inhale it which sounds obvious but as the powder is quite fine if there is even a slight breeze when you are pouring it out the powder can easily disperse back into your face. The other thing is you can only use this in dry conditions as if it gets wet then it becomes ineffective so you want to make sure that you are using it on a dry day.

        I was really impressed with this ant killer. It got rid of my ant problem really quickly and it had the added benefit of killing off other crawling insects such as woodlice which I absolutely hate. It was easy to use and didn't cost a lot of money for the size of the tub. It wasn't even as messy as I thought it was going to be, inside I just left the powder down for a few days then hovered it back up when the ant problem seemed to be back under control. The ants did come back after a couple of weeks but nowhere near in the numbers they were previously and although I left them outside I did put some more powder by the doors and the cracks in the skirting and I didn't notice one single ant inside the house which is mainly what I was concerned with. I would definitely recommend this and I will be buying another tub for next summer so that I don't have a problem like I did this year again.

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          15.08.2013 21:20
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          Effective ant killer

          We have been plagued by ants in our conservatory for a few years now mainly in the summer and I have tried many products to eradicate them and they seem to vanish for a while but then I start to see them scurrying across the floor again. I have never found out exactly where the nest is which is probably what I really need to do. There seems to be two or three areas under the skirting board where they appear to be coming from but it seems to change.

          I had mainly used cheaper brands of ant powder but I saw this Nippon and knew that it was a well known established brand so thought I would give it a try. I bought this from an independent hardware store and paid £1.50 for it which is good as it is usually around the £3.50 mark.

          The container is a plastic bottle which is white, red and black and has a large unappealing picture of a ant on the front. The words Nippon are in white writing on a black background and are in a Chinese/Japanese style. The cap is a safety cap which you need to press down quite firmly before unscrewing. The powder itself looks similar to talcum powder or flour and has the same consistency. It is hard to describe the smell but I would say that it is a chemical smell and not particularly pleasant, although it is apparently appealing to ants!

          The powder is released from an inner lid which has a hole where the powder comes out when you squeeze the tube. You do have to be a bit careful as it is easy for a large amount to come out when you first squeeze it, and if you aren't aiming directly at the area you want the powder to go, it can be a bit hit and miss. However with a bit of practice you soon get the art of how much pressure to use and the exact direction to point the tube for the maximum coverage. I usually squeeze a small amount all around the skirting board and a thicker wider area where I think the ants are coming from.

          I also occasionally use it around the outside of the door outside the conservatory in case they are also coming in this way. I think that ants must be extremely sociable creatures as you never ever only see one of them at a time!

          The directions for use are on the tub, as are instructions to keep it away from food areas and to wash your hands after use which are really common sense. If I am using it to sprinkle a lot of the powder I will wear thin plastic gloves so I know I will not be getting any at all on my skin. It is poisonous and toxic to ants but claims to be child and pet friendly however I would prefer not to be in contact with it.

          I have been very impressed with this powder and since using it for a few months haven't seen any sign of the ants. I am not sure if they are gone completely as they have disappeared in the past and then come back again with a vengeance, but I am hoping that this is the case. The tub seems to still be quite heavy and I would say that I have only used about a quarter of it so far.

          In addition to killing ants it is also suitable to kill cockroaches, beetles, earwigs, silver fish and woodlice but I have only used it for ants.

          I would recommend this powder especially for the price I paid, as it is a good quality product and works for me.

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            31.10.2012 09:35
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            a good ant killer

            ==Nippon Ant Killer==

            ==Why did I buy It==

            Having moved into a new house from a flat back in January I am surprised at how many bits and pieces you need to go with a garden. One thing that we did notice right away was the army of ants that seemed to be marching around both front and back gardens like they owned the place.

            This didn't' bother me too much back in January and at the time there was no sign of them inside the house but after a month or so a few were creeping into the house and then when the weather was getting finer so we wanted to go outside without these little ants crawling up our legs. So with that in mind I had to go out to rid me off these ants and the first port of call was this Nippon Ant Killer.

            ==What is it? How Much is it? Where did I get it?==

            For a 300 gram tub of the powder I paid £4.25 pence from a local garden centre and although I thought this was over priced I just wanted something quickly so that we could get rid of these little pests. Also I remember this product having been around for many years as it was something that mum would always have in the greenhouse and this did make me think it was a brand I could trust. Although I got mine from a local garden centre I have seen the tubes for sale in both places such as B&Q and then even Tesco's and Morrison's

            The design of the bottle is good and there is a child safe plastic screw lid which needs to be removed and then the plastic holes nozzle is released. There is also warnings not to breath in the Nippon powder and for course to keep out of reach of children. IT is best not to use the powder on a blustery day as of course the powder will blow everywhere and may well end up blowing back in your face!

            ==How to use it==

            There is plenty of instructions and ingredients listed on the back of the plastic tub. It is important to follow the instructions carefully as this powder is indeed a poison and because of that fact needs to be treated with a good deal of respect.

            The powder needs to be shaken before each use (with the lid on still of course) and then you need to hold the tube around 10 cm away from the area you wish the powder to be applied which is usually the edges of walls or cracks in paths etc. if possible you need to find the source of the ants being their nest.

            ==My experience==

            I was able to find a good few nests that were in my flower beds and was able to attack these with the Nippon powder. There were other nests that seemed to be under the path in the concrete and I couldn't get the powder inside so I just poured in some boiling water to wash them out and then applied the powder round the dry areas. Of course boiling water is probably not very human but then again this powder probably isn't either.

            The powder works very well indeed and the day after application the ants seem to have left their nest and either died or moved on to another area. Not only is this Nippon powder suitable for ants but also woodlice, cockroaches, earwigs, beetles and all those other little bugs that you don't want in your house or over running your garden. (Although I don't mind a woodlice or two in the garden).

            I thought I would have tons of the Nippon left to use all throughout the year but because of the constant need to eradicate the hoards of ants that were in the front and back gardens, the red ants and the black ants and then of course the month where the flying ants were keeping me busy, it wasn't' long before the whole 300 gram tube was finished!

            All in all I found the Nippon Ant Killer to be a very effective and generally easy to use product. The price is a little high and I think you can get non branded ant killer for a lot less price and this probably works just as effectively. However I can't fault this Nippon powder and for that reason I feel that a top score of 5 out of 5 stars and a high recommendation is well deserved.

            I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you

            Many thanks for taking the time to read.

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              22.09.2012 10:48
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              Worth a try

              An area in our front garden has attracted a couple of ant colonies (it could actually be one big one in fact but it is hard to tell) and this meant we had seen a few getting into the house. So I went out and bought some Nippon as I have memories of this as being very effective at both killing ants and also acting as a sort of barrier to stop ants getting into the house, I remember when we used to go camping my father using it around the tent to keep ants out and away from our food store.

              It comes in a distinctive red and white plastic bottle and the 150ml size that I bough cost me £2.79 which was a little more than the own brand product but I remembered this as being an effective product so decided the extra would be worth it. It has a safety cap and the a single large perforated inner lid for you to dispense the white powder through. On the back are the handling instructions, this includes the obvious instructions that if you are using in the home to keep it away from food and preperation areas as well as washing your hands after use.

              I have not used it in the house at all as I have a small daughter but we did use it around the area where the ants colony was and also along the front of the house to try and prevent entry. In terms of preventing the ants from entering the house it has certainly worked well and I have no complaints on that score. It does not seem to have had any material impact upon the actual ant colony though as they seem to be thriving, part of me wonders whether just like plants have built up resistence to pesticides so ants have built up resistence to Nippon. Then again maybe I'm expecting too much.

              This powder can also be used to tackle a number of other creepy crawlies like wood lice or cockroaches but apart from the odd woodlice we do not really have much of an insect problem other than spiders and I have a gadget for removing them which is humane.

              Overall I guess it gets the job done but I seem to remember it being more effective in the past.

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                18.09.2012 21:06
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                Does a very good job

                I moved into a new house back in November, and after just a few weeks started to notice the occasional ant rummaging around on the floor. I was not too worried about this, and just tended to squash the odd one that I saw, but as the weeks passed by it was obvious that the ants where beginning to multiply in numbers, and one day I was horrified to find about 50 of them crawling about on my kitchen floor near to the bin, and several of them had actually climbed up on to the kitchen counters near to the sink! I am not a big fan of killing any creature just for the sake of it, but obviously some action needed to be taken to stop this marching army of ants taking over my whole kitchen, before conquering the entire house!

                Therefore I went out and purchased a bottle of Nippon Ant Killer immediately, from my local garden centre, which cost me around £3 for a 150 gram container.

                The container is a white plastic bottle shape, with a useful safety cap at the top to prevent young children from opening it up. Inside the container there is a mass of fine white powder, similar looking to talc which is used to spread over any areas that the ants use to gain access to the house, as well as on their nests if there are any nearby.
                This powder from Nippon is also suitable for killing cockroaches, beetles, earwigs, silver fish, woodlice and most other crawling insects according to the label on the container.

                After removing the safety cap I sprinkled a fine dusting of the powder outside my front door, back door, and patio door, as these where the areas that I had seen the ants entering my house from. I also put a tiny amount down along the skirting boards in the hallway, as again I had seen them scurrying along those areas in the past.

                The powder needs to be treated with care, as it is both toxic and poisonous to ants after all, and so it should not be used on or near to food preparation areas, and should not be directly inhaled. However it is stated as being both pet and child friendly, with the exception of babies, although personally I would endeavor to keep pets and children away from treated areas as far as reasonably possible just to be on the safe side.

                ~~~ Results ~~~

                I was very impressed with the results from this ant killing powder from Nippon. It does exactly as expected in that it kills the ants, and after about a week I did not see another ant in my house again. It seems to be very effective, and at the same time it is not all that noticeable that it is even there to the naked eye. It is recommended to reapply the powder as necessary but for me just the one application did the trick.

                The powder does seem to go a long way, and I still have about three quarters of my powder still left in the container which makes it a good value purchase. It is relatively easy to vacuum up any residual powder from around the skirting boards, along with any of the dead ants that might be mixed in with it.
                I am unable to comment on its results in terms of killing cockroaches, beetles, earwigs, silver fish, woodlice and most other crawling insects, as I have not had any problems with any of these up to yet, but based on the way it treated my ant problems I would be happy to bet that it would also be very good.

                A minor niggle would be that it could do with some sort of slow release shoot on the container, as it currently just falls from the large hole at the top of the bottle, meaning that getting a slow trickle of powder to drop from the container is quite difficult, and it often resulted in me dropping little piles of the powder, rather than a nice even dusting.


                Overall recommended by me as it does the job it is supposed to, lasts a long time, and has multiple uses.


                Thanks for reading.


                © L500589 2012

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                  13.09.2012 18:53
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                  kills ants

                  I was sat in the garden yesterday with my grandson as it was nice and sunny and I was looking at the patio paving and spotted two little ants running along the path, not I'm not sure if you have ever watched ants at work but believe me if you see on or two there's bound to be more lurking somewhere and they make nests under patio slabs, in the garden.
                  I'm not a lover of ants and I do keep this Nipon Ant Killer in my garden shed as it's out of the reach of the children and so I went to get it and put it around the slabs I had seen the ants go under .

                  To use you just aim the powder inside the container at the ants and give it a little squeese but don't breath it in though as it smells horrible , the powder covers the ants and they will run back to the nest and hopefully die.
                  I do actually find this effective and have bought it on numerous occassions before.
                  I buy it from the pound shop or from Poundland and like the name of the shops say it costs me a pound for a 150g tub.

                  You can use this on beetles, woodlice, cockroaches and other small crawling creatures as it is a insecticide and will kill them.
                  If you find an ants nest open it up and pour the powder in covering as much as you can and they will all die off. You can also put it in the cracks between patio slabs and pathways.
                  It does say you can use it for wasp nests but personally I'd not go anywhere near one as Im allergic to them.

                  It contains Permethrin which can be harmful to cats so be careful where you put it if you do have a cat roaming around your garden.
                  All in all it's cheap to buy and effective at getting rid of pesky ants.

                  Always remember to keep out of reach of children

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                  04.09.2012 11:56
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                  This is a very effective way of removing ants and other insects from your home or garden

                  WHAT IS IT?

                  A powder to kill ants, flying ants and other insects that may be bothering you in your home and garden.

                  HOW DO YOU USE IT?

                  You first need to find out where the ants are coming from. The problem I've had is with flying ants and they were swarming from the side of our conservatory so it was easy for me to see where I needed to apply the powder. You make a small pile of powder near the entrance to their nest and leave it.

                  HOW DOES IT WORK?

                  The powder smells attractive to ants so they will investigate it. It's a fine powder so gets on their body and legs then when the ants go back into the nest they spread it around the other ants.

                  WHAT I THINK

                  It only took four days for me to eradicate the swarm of flying ants that had been around my conservatory in their hundreds once I was recommended this powder. I saw very few dead ants but it must have worked because they all disappeared. I put it as close to where I thought they were coming from as I could and also sprinkled some between the paving slabs around this area.

                  The ant powder will work on wasps as well. I haven't had a problem with wasps but because we live in the country this is something that could be useful in the future, my friend used it successfully to rid her shed of a wasp nest and it did this a lot quicker than a wasp killing foam she had used before.

                  You need to keep children and pets away from the powder because it is a poison but when it has killed all the ants you can just hose it away to make your garden safe again. The powder is cheap to buy and only costs £5 from my garden centre, this is for a 500g pot and that is plenty for more than one application if needed.

                  5 Dooyoo Stars.

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                  A great way to get rid of those pesky ants

                  From time to time I guess that most of us have suffered from ants and I am no exception. I am very glad to say that I have never had a visitation of ants in my house - mine have only appeared in the garden which is bad enough.

                  When I was a little girl I used to try and kill them by stamping on them but my dad told me that the vibrations that I was causing would just bring more ants, He used Nippon to get rid of ants, it worked and so it is what I have always used.

                  From memory dad used to use the liquid which he would leave dripped onto an old piece of glass near to the ants nest. The sweetness of it attracted the ants that came and took it down into the nest thus getting rid of them all. As I grew older I found this liquid a bit worrying - what if I got some onto my hands and then licked my fingers? It didn't bear thinking about so, when I had my own house (and my own ants) I purchased the Nippon powder. I have had a puffer of this powder in my shed ever since - although not the same one of course! It does need replacing occasionally.

                  Over the years, as with everything else, the price has slowly risen and the cost of a pack containing 300g currently ranges from about £3 to £4 depending on where you buy it from.

                  The packaging hasn't changed much since I was girl. It is a white, soft plastic cylinder with a bright red screw cap. There is a black oval at the top with the word NIPPON written on it in white and a picture of a large ant on a bright red background beneath it. The words ANT KILLER POWDER are next in black. The design is very simple but I think that the simplicity makes it very obvious what is contained in the package and, being poison, this is important to note.

                  On the back of the container there is a list of ingredients, instructions for use and also the warnings that you need to observe when using this powder. These include making sure that you do not inhale any of the powder, washing your hands after using it and not using it outside on a windy day especially if the wind is blowing towards you! Having said this, children and pets don't have to be excluded from the area of treatment so it is not dangerous in that sense.

                  To control the ants the advice is to open up the nest, puff the powder into it and then tread it down also putting the powder along their runs and in cracks and crevices.

                  To be fair I have never actually found an ants' nest; in my experience they are usually under the paving stones so opening up the nest has never been an option for me. What I do is to boil a kettle of water and pour that down the cracks where the ants are emerging. Once that has dried I then puff the powder into the cracks all around the entrance to the nest and I always find that one application does the trick. I know what you are thinking - surely the ants would be killed by the boiling water anyway but no, not all of them so it is worth putting down the Nippon too.

                  To use the product you just have to take off the lid, upend the package, aim where you want the powder to go and give the package a sharp squeeze. The powder comes out in a little cloud settling on the surfaces at which you aimed the nozzle. As I said earlier don't use this on a windy day for obvious reasons and don't use it if rain is imminent either or you will just be wasting your money.

                  This powder can also be used to kill cockroaches, beetles, earwigs, silverfish, woodlice and any other creepy crawlies that you have come to visit you! For this you just have to puff the powder in any cracks and crevices where you see the little offenders!

                  The instructions also say that this can be used to kill the contents of a wasps' nest by covering the nest in powder on a still evening when the wasps are at their calmest. Now, try this if you like, but there's no way I would! If I found a wasps' nest I would call in an expert thank you very much!

                  To be honest I have only ever used this on ants but I have never had a problem and it has always been successful. I make sure that it is always stored in the shed or the workroom so that it is safe and, after I have used it and put it away, I make sure that I wash my hands VERY well just in case. Since the packaging is plastic I do put it into the recycling bag once it is empty.

                  In conclusion I will just say that, if you have ants visiting and you don't want them to stay, this is the stuff that you need!

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                    21.05.2010 23:13
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                    I use this and feel it does work.

                    Nippon ant killing powder is the brand that my mum used when I was small and it is now the brand I have at hand. Not really sure if there are many others brands of ant killer as never looked.
                    The hot weather is back and so are the ants.

                    The the tube is a distinctive white with a red square on it which shows a big black ant. The lids are also red. So look for something that stands out in red and white.

                    The contents are a white powder which looks the same as flour but believe me it is not. When using be careful not to squirt from a distance as it is a fine powder so needs be a close range to be correctly dispersed.

                    On opening the top you will find a small hole from which the powder can exit when you squeeze the tube. It needs to be put into area where the ants will go to it and it works by them carrying the powder back to their nests and killing them from what is contained in the powder.

                    I tend to put a trail around the doorsteps and in any holes I see ants use.
                    This product can be used outside or inside the home but keep away from food stuffs if using in a cupboard.
                    It is child and pet safe but still I'm careful my son knows not to touch it as it could end up in his mouth which I'm sure wouldn't be good.

                    This product costs approximately £4.00 for a 500ml tube which would last a long while depending on how often you need to replenish the places you are using it. If the weather stays dry with no rain to wash it away it will still be visible for weeks.

                    I find this product does work and reduces the number of ants soldiering around.
                    I couldn't see this product in main supermarkets when looked on line as they stock raid ( I knew there was another product for killing ants out there lol) but I know it can be brought in my local hardware store so that's is where I'd suggest you try also.

                    Of course another way of killing ants is popping a jam jar or honey jar still with some jam or honey instead and add some water, Then pop the lid back on and pierce some holes into it. The ants are attracted to the sweet smell and dive into it then can't get out again. I personally prefer the powder as sure the jam would attract them from neighbours gardens too...

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                      Give it a go, go on you know you want too

                      I had been sat in the garden one rare sunny afternoon and about an hour after I had come back in the house I started to be invaded by ants. Now I know this might be strange, but I can handle spiders and wasps but ANTS totally freak me out closely followed by woodlice. I dont now what it is about them but I just cant stand them. Everytime one appeared I squashed it with a tissue but it was immediately followed by another one. So I put on my shoes and walked down to Focus which is about 2 minutes away from my house.

                      I knew exactly where I was going when I go that so needed no help, I was clearly on a mission. They had two different products in, one was a pair of ant bait stations and one was a tube of Nippon Ant Killer Powder. So just to be on the safe side I bought one of each afterall you can never be to careful.

                      The powder comes in a tall cyclindrical tube which a picture of an ant on the front and holds 300g. To use it has to be pointed in the direction of the ants, there nests or anywhere the little blighters are coming from. It says to apply a fine dust to the surfaces but I think I may have got a little carried away as there was piles everywhere, better to be safe than sorry. It also works on other crawling insects which solves another of my phobias, woodlice! It also kills cockroaches, beetles, earwigs and silverfish. Good all round powder in my opinion.

                      It can be used indoors and outdoors but when applying indoors there is things that need to be considered such as keeping powder away from food surfaces and away from any fish tanks or bowls as it is very toxic to aquatic organisms. Contact with skin should be avoided and should be disposed of in a safe way. The podcut should be kept away from pets and children.

                      The tube states that it is highly effective on ants and other crawling insects and is long lasting, it keeps them under control for up to 6 months. It can also be used to destroy wasp nests. One thing I was not aware of is that if there are bats near to where the powder needs applying, The Natural England, Scottish Natural Heritage needs to be contacted as Bats are protected under the wildlife and coutryside act 1981.

                      So heres the test, does it work?

                      Well I applied my not so fine layer of powder outside my back door & set an ant bait station on the inside of the door (like I said better to be safe than sorry). A couple of hours later I came to check on the progress and found no ants in the house...... where were they?.....my ant bait station wasn't getting any action at all. So I sheepishly opened the door and found what can only be described as an ant masacre. There was dead ants everywhere. So yes Nippon Ant Killer does exactly what it says on the tube. I now have a tube in the house at all times although the front of the tube has to be facing away from me as even the picture makes me shudder.

                      If you have ants and you want rid of them quickly this stuff works a treat, I would recommend it to anyone. Its been about a month now since those pesky ants came in my house and I havent seen anymore since, thankfully. Excellent stuff, now I can sleep at night:-)

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                        Introduction

                        We had a family party at the weekend and as the weather was quite nice for a change. Yes the sun does occasionally shine in Glasgow!!!! We decided that we would have a kind of garden party/ stroke barbeque hence catering for all tastes and preferences as food was being served both buffet style and made to order. (Personally I can't stand the taste of charred food so opted for the pizza and sausage rolls). All went well and a good time was had by all. Too good a time in some cases judging by the very sore heads that presented themselves in the morning. Anyway I get to the point after a mass tidy up the following day and thinking that I would make myself a cup of tea and sit out in the sun for a while I noticed some odd dark shapes on my kitchen floor next to where the bin sits. Upon examination I was horrified to discover that the grey shadows where in fact a sea of ants, pulling out the bin I noticed that there trail was coming from a small gap next to the kitchen door where a few crumbs of food had been dropped and not noticed. Well although I don't usually mind creepy crawlies as such I really did not particularly want my new houseguests to become a permanent fixture so I headed off to my local B&Q where I invested in a tub of Nippon Ant Killer powder. Cruel I know however I knew that they would just keep coming back if I didn't take drastic measures quickly.

                        The Product

                        This product cost £3.49 for a 300g bottle. Which I thought was very reasonable. I have used products from this manufacturer before so felt that it would be a good investment to rid me of my pesky little visitors. This product claims that it will kill ants, woodlice, cockroaches and other crawling insects. In addition it will also destroy wasp nests too. The other main reason for purchase was due to it being pet and child friendly and the packaging explains that they will not be needed to be excluded from treated areas. Keep babies away though as they are forever putting their hands in their mouths certainly not recommended.


                        The Packaging

                        The product packaging is extremely distinctive and stands out very prominently on the shelf. It has the Nippon logo in white the predominant colours are red and black. You can't miss this item as there is a picture of a rather hideous looking giant ant on the front of the product. It states that this is ant killer powder. It has a child safety security cap due to its potent nature which I have to admit took me a good few attempts to open so rest-assured child proof!!!


                        Application

                        I would suggest reading the full instructions on the back of the product before using just to ensure safety and prevent possible damage to the environment from unsafe disposal of the empty packaging. After all it does contain chemicals. The product itself is in a white powder form this is handy as you can see where you have put it down. To use remove the cap completely and hold the container pointing slightly downwards. Apply a fine dusting of powder to the surfaces you have identified as being problematic. I put mine along the door and down the crack that was obviously the ant's source of entry to my kitchen. Remember to replace the cap after use.

                        For ant infestation where possible find the source of the nest and open it up as much as possible, dust well with the powder and then tread down. It is important to also dust powder along the ant runs, cracks and crevices and other possible places close by. Entrances to nests should be liberally dusted particularly in cases where the ants cannot be disturbed. As in my case where the ants had invaded my house I also applied to points of access such as doorsteps, window frames, etc.

                        For crawling insects for example cockroaches, beetles, earwigs, silverfish, woodlice and other insects apply the product around cracks and other entry points. It is important to leave the powder undisturbed and re-apply as necessary

                        For wasp nests apply liberally into the nest or apply in piles at the nest entrance. It is best to carry out this treatment in the evening or on dull days when wasp activity is at a minimum. It is vital that you do not disturb the colony and do not return to the nest until all wasp activity has ceased


                        Conditions Relating To Product Use

                        This has been taken from the back of the packaging to ensure I don't leave out any important points!!! This product is to be used only as an insecticide I cant actually think of anything else you would use it for to be honest. Apply the product as recommended and re-apply if required. I used this on one occasion and left it for an hour then cleaned up. It was so effective that I didn't have to retreat the areas which I have to say I was very pleased about. For that reason I would certainly recommend its use. It is important that you try not to breathe in the dust. I actually suffer from asthma and I was concerned that it might be quite potent however this was not the case and I felt no irritant effects from using the product. It is also important to cover food, food preparation areas equipment and eating utensils before application. The manufacture explains that it is vital that you should take care not to contaminate water bodies or watercourses with chemicals or the used container. In addition do not apply to surfaces on which food or feed is stored, prepared or eaten. The product itself is very toxic to aquatic organisms and may cause long term effects in the aquatic environment. Do not empty into drains. It should also be disposed of in a safe way.

                        Overall

                        I found application of the product very simple and straight forward. The powder does come out of the bottle quickly so bear this in mind and use it as sparingly as possible particularly inside the house. Ensure that all possible cracks and entry points are covered with the product. I was impressed with the efficiency of the product and my little invaders disappeared as quickly as they had arrived and I have seen no sign of them since initial application. Unfortunately I am unable to comment regarding other crawling insects or wasps nests as I have not had any experience in this area however I would certainly bear this product in mind if I am ever faced with this problem in the future. The only downside I suppose was having to clear the product up after use. It was a bit like clearing up talc a bit irritating and time-consuming however you really have to invest the time and effort to ensure that it is completely removed and safely. A little goes a long way with this product and a 300g tub is a good investment as I would have enough for another couple of applications if required. Highly recommended.

                        Other Info

                        I discovered a few useful facts when researching for this review and I thought I would list a few of them although fairly self-explanatory really (courtesy of SC Johnson)

                        It is important to clean up food crumbs and liquid spills. A tiny crumb is enough to attract dozens of ants into your home.
                        Food should be packaged tightly and in closed containers.
                        Ants can travel down the threads of a screw-top jar (YUCK)
                        Dry out bathtubs and sinks after use.
                        Rinse glass, metal, plastic and paper food containers before throwing them in the bin to avoid ant infestation.

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                      • Product Details

                        Eliminates ants nests without mess or trace. Controls common black ants in and around the home. For indoor and outdoor use.