Step 4: Anti Ant Hack

If you've got ants and you're looking for a natural form of pest control, try measuring out a cup of popcorn kernels.  Put them in a blender, on high speed for about 30 seconds, and you'll end up with a batch of fresh, homemade cornmeal.  Just make a few piles around the ant trails and within a few days, your ant problems will, literally disappear.
It'd be better if this could be tweaked so the contents could be disposed of without throwing out your tupperware at the same time - although if you used yoghurt pots you could just throw them away regardless - just re-wrap the pot in film prior to disposal to minimise the chances of them getting out again !
<p>you could put the tupperware container in th freezer ,then tip em' into the bin when they're frozen. rinse and repeat!</p>
I find this to be a better solution, it is what I use for them. http://www.instructables.com/id/Fruit-FlyGnat-Catcher/ <br>In a small dish mix 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar and a squirt of dish soap. The smell of the vinegar is similar to rotting fruit and attracts the flies, and the soap makes it so they can't land on the surface and take off again. It only takes a few minutes to start collecting flies at the bottom of the dish.
<p>It also works if you mix half icing sugar and half baking soda. The granules are basically the same size. Ants are basically made of formic acid, and so---- BOOM!</p>
Popcorn kernels in a blender? Does that damage the blender at all?
<p>should not, it will sound super noisy though. </p>
Ice will do more damage to a blender then popcorn kernels, yet we all do it.
No more than a coffee grinder is damaged when used. I might use one of them instead of my blender, as it's a bigger pain to clean the blender.
<p>I love In-n-out!</p>
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<p>I miss the old days when normal things people do every day wasn't called a <br>&quot;life hack&quot;...</p>
...and then eat them?...Yummy! haha
<p>Does that count toward your daily protein goal?</p>
Hmm. Why is this? Does cornmeal discourage or kill them? <br>
<p>According to this source: </p><p>http://lifehacker.com/kill-ants-safely-with-cornmeal-510414551 ant's treat it like a food but can't digest it. So they feel full but starve to death.</p>
ground popcorn, grits or plain cornmeal swells when in contact with moisture, ants take the grains back to the nest, feed the queen, the corn swells inside the queen and she dies, the colony dies soon after
Well yes, that's true - but all of the ants eat some of the cornmeal as well. It will kill the workers and soldiers as well as the Queen. Killing the Queen is just the death knell of the colony.
Have never heard of cornmeal working either, so I call bullsh!t. Commercial 'baits consist of pesticides on processed corn grits coated with soybean oil.&quot; <br>[url]http://fireant.tamu.edu/controlmethods/twostep/[/url] <br>Also, exploding ants with grits is and old myth. &quot;Some home remedies such as instant grits thought to be eaten by ants and swell in their stomachs and cause death when placed on the mound, have demonstrated to be ineffective, in this case because worker ants cannot ingest particles larger than 2 microns.&quot; <br>http://fireant.tamu.edu/manage/faq/ <br>
GMO corn. Pesticides inside of the corn. Look up GMO A GO GO or GMO OMG on YouTube.
GMO corn has insecticides genetically inserted into the food. So it's not a natural way to get rid of ants. You most likely killed the whole nest.
Unless that was you plan.
Love the video
This is just brilliant ty
those are simple put you had to have a smart brain to think of them
Couldn't see video
These are so cool!
Why can't see the video :(
Can't wait to try these! Looking forward to a problem- free summer ;D
I don't understand the shampoo bottle idea. If you cut off the top part of the bottle, how do you re-attach it?
Love this!
Within a couple days, they multiply, some escape and you still have flies. Anyone have a one-way fruit fly valve?
I've been treating a huge ant colony by my garage with plain yellow corn meal over the past few days. The piles keep disappearing and the trails of ants are getting smaller. Seems to be working. <br> <br>Borax and karo syrup is another killer, it is sold commercially as Terro. It is very effective as well, but gets pricy compared with the cornmeal. <br>
Love it! We used this one over the weekend!&nbsp; Thanks Grant!
love the shampoo bottle trick. <br> <br>unfortunately in the beaches in my country they steal almost everything...
nice - thanks for the tips :)
Clever! :)
This is a little random but, your keys look the same as mine. do you also drive a scooter?
Yes we just got a scooter and those are the keys! lol
Did you know that someone posted this on 9gag? http://9gag.com/gag/ajrnZ0w?ref=mobile
Hey that's awesome! Thanks so much for the link!
Can I just use the bag of cornmeal that is sitting in my cupboard?

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