How to Kill Ants

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Introduction: How to Kill Ants

Many people can't figure out how to get rid of those pesky little ants. If you're one of these people, this is for you.

Step 1: Obvious and Not So Obvious

Now, if you are trying to get rid of ants that are indoors, call the exterminator or buy some of those cheap little traps. This instructable is on how to kill outdoor ants.

My first way can be somewhat expensive, but very effective GASOLINE. If you pour some gasoline on ant hills they will quickly die. But money doesn't grow on trees (maybe someday) so the next few steps are much more cost efficient.

Do NOT attempt gasoline method in dry conditions. I am not responsible for what you do.

Step 2: Boiling Water

I find that the best way is to pour some boiling hot water (be careful) on ant hills. They go crazy and you will soon have more for the kill. You can sometimes destroy many ants with this method, but it's really great to do before putting store-bought poision on them.

Step 3: Alternate Methods

There are more ways to kill ants, some of which involve little kids, bb guns, paintballs, shotguns, waterguns, fire, chemicals, and steel toe boots. There are many methods of killing ants that you can do with these items. Please be careful with this step because although they may be fun, they can be dangerous, so handle with care. OR you can be fairly average and buy some ant poision.
But, we are trying to find easy and cost-efficient methods. Please be smart and realize there are a lot more ideas out there. Hopefully this just jogged your memory to think up some real creative idea. Be safe.

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    62 Comments

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    Dave54321
    Dave54321

    11 years ago on Introduction

    I read where a liter of club soda will kill three mounds of Ants
    pour directly on ant (fire ants) and the Co2 will displace the
    oxeygen and sufficate them.
    Wallgreens sells terro for tiny piss ants inside, place a couple of drops
    on a bussiness card, it is a bait.

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    Uncle Timmy
    Uncle Timmy

    Reply 8 months ago

    Ants don’t breathe like people do. Your method will not suffocate them. They may even use it as a mixer for their patio parties.

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    Uncle Timmy
    Uncle Timmy

    Tip 8 months ago on Introduction

    Gasoline WONT kill all of em and it’ll hurt or kill any flowers or vegetation near by. Gas works great on ground nesting yellow jackets, though. Pour it in and put a match to it. Keep adding small amounts of gas and burn em good for a half hour or so.
    Soak the ground good with water and stomp it in to fill cavities underground and finish the job.
    Did this 12 years ago and haven’t seen one since. Back to ants...
    Soak an ant hill with muriatic acid. That aught to do it. Maybe hit it again in an hour or so. Won’t kill the vegetation either. Water will neutralize the acid when you’re done but let the acid soak in good and repeat first so it doesn’t miss many.
    NOTHIN kills em ALL but this’ll get 95% of em. Watch the fumes! They’re not pleasant to smell or inhale. Good luck.

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    witherman
    witherman

    5 years ago

    why not pour some black powder down the hill then light it and run, or maybe a firecracker. Either way, you show blow those ants to hell.

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    22calgal
    22calgal

    Reply 3 years ago

    Love it!!

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    LoriS105
    LoriS105

    5 years ago

    I think these steps are ridiculous! Are you serious!? If you pour vinegar on a ant mound they die! Pour it in the ground too; it not only kills them but wont harm the plants or earth! Just saying

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    Katzarekool
    Katzarekool

    5 years ago

    Some people make me sick eg people that torture and kill any living creature and call it fun

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    dchrenek
    dchrenek

    Reply 5 years ago

    right, i bet you never slapped a mosquito or a gnat. troll

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    Snidely70448
    Snidely70448

    Reply 5 years ago

    Only someone unfamiliar with fire ants would feel sorry for the little ....s. They kill more humans and animals by a long shot than poisonous snakes and put many humans in the hospital. Their bite is very painful.

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    witherman
    witherman

    Reply 5 years ago

    what if the animal killed your entire family.

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    VictoriaC20
    VictoriaC20

    6 years ago

    Im in TX. Lots of ants of many varieties. After much thought, boiling water seemed reasonable and has worked for years and it doesn't matter if the ground is wet or not. I boiled pot after pot with two of them going at once took about 4 pots per ant hill, i got great results. Millions of dead ants millions of eggs and the Queen and also huge eggs which might have been the next Queen egg. Since April so deep and so wide they were coming up several feet around the nest but I got them too. The next morning I what out to check on them and all I saw were a few surviving worker ants carrying out the dead aunt and eggs. Hey got the Queen and I also got the queen ant eggs huge. I'm going to have to do this again for another day or two but I'm sure my got a good majority of them and will feel a little safer when watering my lawn or when my animals go in the yard.

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    Swing Tavi Swing
    Swing Tavi Swing

    6 years ago

    Here's another thing.

    Spray the whole mound with ant spray.

    Done.

    Don't try it if the toxins can go into a nearby water supply.

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    JulianAzz
    JulianAzz

    6 years ago on Introduction

    why would you kill ants when they are outside, after all its their natural habitat and gasaline is a little dangerous if you drop a burning match on it!!!

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    TrevorF
    TrevorF

    6 years ago

    Going to tey the molten aluminum method. Seemd to kill all and you get a nice momento from it.

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    mp01102004
    mp01102004

    9 years ago on Introduction

    the fastest way to make your fire any colony grow is to make drastic and unrealistic moves. the ONLY way to get rid of a colony is to kill the queen or queens. yes there can be more than 1. every time you try a dumb move, the colony will split and will continue to do so until all the queens are dead and can no longer lay eggs. bait your ants and the workers will feed the queens and the babies and kill the colony. has anyone every seen a large colony? check out this video and be enlightened.
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2vDVvSY6z8

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    Igotsmeaproblem

    The ants are in my garage and I'm such a panzee so i cant kill them (obviously)
    and we put our dog food in the garage, which is attacting the ants. Ive tried spraying our dog scent-thing-i-ma-bob and i guess we were blinding them.
    REMEMBER-
    I'm a panzee
    I sprayed with dog scent-thing-i-ma-bob

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    Mark Gilbert
    Mark Gilbert

    10 years ago on Step 3

    I did this once, except with vodka, i left out two pitchers one for my friends that drink and on that doesnt, the ants went for the vodka

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    Stopher
    Stopher

    13 years ago on Introduction

    Dude, you really need to remove the gasoline suggestion. Folks have this myth that gas is a great way to destroy an ant hill and that is just NOT the case. It might be fun to see the destruction that it reeks upon an ant hill, but if you have ever done this, you know the results..... The queen and her surviving workers dig down deeper and they spring up in a ring around the original ant bed and are larger than before and WIDER than before. One other issue is that dumping something as toxic as gasoline into the dirt does not make it go away. Where do you think your water comes from? The gas goes into your water supply and you end up drinking it. You want to have fun with boiling water, knock yourself out, but gasoline not only fails utterly, it is illegal to dump toxins into the water supply. This is all just in hopes that you will modify what you have said here. I am curious about WHAT is the best ratio for Borax to sweet stuff.

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    Thundertydus
    Thundertydus

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    "One other issue is that dumping something as toxic as gasoline into the dirt does not make it go away. Where do you think your water comes from? The gas goes into your water supply and you end up drinking it. " No, it really doesnt, Dumbass It's called a water treatment facility T.T See how that works? Or do you live in mexico?