Product Type: Nippon garden chemicals
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Nippon Ant Killer Powder
Member Name: SusanLesley
Nippon Ant Killer Powder
Advantages: It works, it is east use, it is not expensive
Disadvantages: None for me
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!
Summary: A great way to get rid of those pesky ants