Ant Poison is People Poison, But Safer Brand Ant Killer Appears to Be Less So.
Dec 17, 2008
I feel weird reviewing an extermination product. I am a pretty peace-loving, live and let live California hippy. But ants bring out the inner tyrant in me.
When I see them marching along their little lines, I try to first stop them with a barrier of dishwashing soap. This is a trick I used to watch my Mom implement when ants invaded our abode every rainy season. They can't cross a line of dishwashing soap until it dries. This is the first line of defense.
The second line of defense are those ant traps. You know the kind, sort of hexagonal with a little circle of brown sugary poison meant to lure ants into a state of false security. Watching ants get fooled by those ant traps, and knowing they're going to bring that poison back to their queen, I always feel a sense of victory.
When these tactics, combined with simple squashing techniques (Kleenex-brand tissues are helpful here), fail to bring suitable results, people sometimes turn to ant killing spray.
For some reason, the spray is often the last resort. This is because it's hard to feel good about spraying poison into the air of your home. My fiance recently came home with a product called "Safer Brand Ant Killer." It's mint-scented, which is wierd, and apparently it messes with the ants neurons--naturally!
I don't feel good about using the spray. I feel like it's an unfair advantage that I have over the ants. At least with the dishwashing soap wall they can choose to turn back. Alternately, they can choose to not take the sugary poison from the ant traps. But they have no control over me spraying them. It's a difficult task.
I just sprayed this ant killer all along the line of ants in the kitchen. It appears to have worked...but I'm not sure how I feel about it.
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Katie Grandsaert (velociraptastic)
I like to write, I enjoy comfortable chairs, and I take pleasure in Apricot Ale. I'm engaged, living in San Francisco, and currently in the midst of attempting to build a cake that looks like an airplane … more
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