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Pet Friendly Pesticide

May 1, 2009

Living in Southeast Alabama there are a lot of ants which are very difficult to get rid of.   Being from the Midwest I’m use to seeing ant hills as some fine dirt or sand in the sidewalk cracks.  Here there are ant hills the size of small automobiles.  We also have 2 dogs so we’re afraid to use commercial pesticides in the yard.  With that in mind Don did some internet searching for pet friendly alternatives and found one that’s cheap and actually works.  Dish Soap.

Yes a 40/60 solution of common dish soap and water in a spray bottle is a great killer of ants.  From what he read ants have a coating that keeps moisture inside their bodies.  Dish soap somehow dissolves this coating and causes the ants to dehydrate or sweat to death.

We had a bunch of ants in the kitchen the other day, they were first discovered in the dog food dish and the along one wall in the kitchen.  Don quickly sprayed the entire baseboard and floor along the wall with the soap solution and we watched the ants die in front of us.  Yes, it doesn’t take much for us to be entertained.  The next morning we swept the floor and no more ants.  He’s also used it on some ant hills next to the back door and those have shriveled up with no sign of activity from them in days.

There is one warning when used inside, the soap solution when dried tends to leave the floor a little slippery so go over it with a damp mop and you’ve got a sparkling clean floor.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. May 4, 2009 12:02 am

    Hi, nice post. I have been pondering this topic,so thanks for writing. I will certainly be subscribing to your posts.

  2. Vita permalink
    May 3, 2012 10:17 am

    Wow! Using dish soap for those little buggers really DOES work. They died within minutes and it kept others from returning. You do need to reapply every so often though. Thank you. I’ve been looking for something I can use to kill them without hurting my cat. I hope it works as well on the carpenter ants when they start to show up.

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