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We clean keep a very cleaning house but living in an old terrace in a semi rural setting means that every single year in March and April we get ants. A you can imagine this is very unpleasant and this was the first thing we used to try and solve it.
So how does it work?
The idea is this kills the ants slowly but surely so you sprinkle this around any problem areas and the ants would all pick this up (believing it to be food) and take it back to the nest where they would all eat it. This is toxic so is then meant to kill them.
Does it work?
Maybe the ants we had were very smart but it didn't for us. None of of it really got picked up and the ants just kept coming .
The main one is the mess, this powder was everywhere is our kitchen just trying to get rid of them, we were forever getting it in out shoes. As this is toxic and we had put some of it on the kitchen sides to try and stop them there we had to be really careful where we did any prep. This made us almost as miserable as the ants did in the first place.
For us I don't really think there were any but I know my boyfriend's parents have had gat success with it.
Price and Availability
This can be bought at a number of supermarkets home supply stores and online it is very easy to buy. This is sold anywhere between £3 and £5.
This didn't work for us, but as it has for a number of people I know it my be worth a try.
We have a patio outside our front door and over the summer it has become infested with ants, so much so that the path looked like it was moving when you looked out of the window. We occasionally found some of the inside the house which was quite annoying too so I had to go out and buy something to get rid of them. I'm really familiar with the Raid brand so when I saw this I decided to buy it.
==Price and availability==
The bottle of ant killer is 250g in size and costs £2.00 which is not much really and well worth the investment.
The canister is red and white with a pull off lid, the powder looks like thin white flour and the idea is to pour is along the path of the ants so that they walk it back to the nest and eventually it kills them. The powder can be used to kill cockroaches, spiders, woodlice and other creepy crawlies.
The product takes a few days to work and I still noticed a few ants for about a week after but them the problem completely went away. I liberally applied the powder to all their path lines and around the entrance to the front door. If you hold the can close to the ground you can shake the product out into quite straight lines, targeting specifically the lines that the ants use to travel. I was surprised that despite a good rain fall the powder lasted a really long time on the ground. It looks really bizarre having white powder all over the drive but it was much better than having all the ants roaming around.
I am pleased with the efficiency and effectiveness of the product. Within a week my problem had gone and there were no ants trying to get into my house. I used a full can this summer in order to keep on top of the problem and I should not need any more. A good frost in the winter will make sure they do not reappear and then I will apply it the following year as soon as I see some forming again. The good thing about this product is that you do not need to know where the nest is; the product gets into the nest as the ants track it back there. A good useful product that I recommend.
The Raid Ant Killer Powder is one product I use quite often in the garden, particularly among the cracks in my driveway and paving. Ant's seem to appear annually near my garage and driveway, and when this happens I use the Raid Ant Killer Powder. The powder comes in a very bold red canister, and is easy to apply to the cracks along where the ants appear. The powder is also successful at treating all crawling insects such as woodlice and cockroaches.
This powder is my weapon of choice due not only to its simplicity of application. The powder is applied along the cracks from which the ants appear, and they soon become coated in the white powder, which they then take straight down deep into the nest and spread it around the entire nest. The canister warns that you should not breathe the dust, as it is toxic and an insecticide. It is also advised to only use in well ventilated areas. The ingredient that kills the ants is Daltamethrin 0.05% and because the powder doesn't immediately kill the ants, it allows them to spread it around the nest for maximum effect. The powder works very well for me, and after a few applications it eliminates the ants nest. The 250g canister lasts quite some time, and because I dont use it all the time it can last a few years. For around £2 it is a worthwhile solution to a problem many homeowners never quite get on top of.
I know ants are hard workers but so am I and the last thing I want to see when I get in from work is an ant invasion in my kitchen!! But this is exactly what happened a few weeks ago. They had been coming in under the patio doors. I tried Clove Oil but this just deterred them from this area and they came in further along the kitchen wall. So despite hating ant powder I relented and sent Mark out to get some.
He went to our local corner shop and got some Raid Ant Killer Powder. It cost £3.00 from there but I'm sure you could get it cheaper from larger stores
Raid is made by SC Johnson and contains Deltramethrin.
The container is made mainly from white plastic. The front is coloured red and has the word Raid in yellow with a lightning bolt killing an ant ( an odd thing to show) It has the words Ant killer powder, kills bugs dead for use as an insecticide written underneath.
The lid is child proof and has to be pressed hard to open it.
On the back of the bottle there are the directions along with some warnings.
Keep away from children and pets
Raid is very toxic to aquatic environments
Do not breathe in the powder
Do not get the powder in drains
Do not get on your skin.
The ant powder is just a white powder that looks a bit like talc. It doesn't have any obvious smell and as its toxic I'm not smelling it close up!
Killing The Ants
To use the powder you simply squeeze the bottle and the powder puffs out trough a single hole in the top.
I put the powder along the bottom of the patio doors outside. If its an ant nest you are dealing with then it does advise that you split the nest open and apply the directly inside.
Once I had put the ant powder down (keeping the cats well out of the way) that's all there is to it. The Raid powder is supposed to prevent any ants getting in and when they get the powder on them the idea is that they take it back to the nest and this then kills them all.
I'm pleased to say after just one treatment my ant problem went away and they havnt returned. The Raid Ant Powder done the job very well. I left it for a few days then washed the rest of the powder away.
It can also be used to kill cockroaches, woodlice and other crawling insects.
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