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We often get asked this, but as you might guess, we'd rather you didn't destroy an entire ant colony. Rather than just ignoring this frequent request, we suggest you attempt these alternatives first:

If the main reason you seek to destroy an ant nest is that the ants are encroaching the living space in your home, first try making sure surfaces are free from what the ants would consider food. We all know sweet stuff is of particular value to most ants that enter the home.

If the ants still forage in your home weeks after removing food or the problem is that the ants encroach on your garden, please remember that ants seldom carry diseases. Most species are predatory and control pests, ants are most often a friend to the gardener.

If this is still unacceptable to you, I'd suggest these courses of action:

1. Kill the foraging workers that enter your home. This may be enough to discourage the ants. It is a myth that this will encourage the ants or that 7 will take the place of 1 fallen.

2. Locate the nest and dig the entire thing out. Place it in a waste sack or similar and relocate the entire nest to a suitable area further from your home.

If killing off workers doesn't work and you are unable or unwilling to move the nest, then using boiling water (pouring it on nest site) is always better than pesticides or other chemicals. Good luck.


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