The Sweetest Ant Poison

A MOTHER EARTH NEWS reader in Texas sprinkles dry molasses on fire anthills to kill pesky (and painful!) fire ants.
By Kirk Miller
August/September 2014
Add to My MSN

Get rid of fire ants in a safe, nontoxic manner.
Photo by Fotolia/Wild Geese


Content Tools

Related Content

Finish off Fire Ants Part 3

Fire ants are a pain. In this post, I talk about the solution to conquering fire ants once and for a...

Earth Gauge Tip of the Week — Fireworks

Tips on how to enjoy fireworks safely!

Herbal Remedies for Colds and Flu

These natural cold and flu remedies will help you build up your immune system and reduce the duratio...

Finish off Fire Ants! Part 2

Getting rid of fire ants can be hard. In this article, I explain the background behind these pests a...

Pouring scalding hot water on an anthill usually gets rid of ants. The problem with this method, however, is that the hot water kills any plants that it touches, including grass. So you might get rid of the ants, but you will also have a bare spot in your yard for a long time.

I’ve learned how to kill fire ants successfully by using dry molasses, which is available online and in many garden centers. Heavily sprinkle dry molasses on the anthill, and the ants will be gone in a day or two. I haven’t been able to get rid of other types of ants with dry molasses — only fire ants.

Kirk Miller
Richardson, Texas








Post a comment below.

 

CMEdwards
7/16/2014 4:46:31 PM
I've had some success with coffee grounds, which will kill any ants trapped in a flower pot with it and will repel the rest. The trouble with coffee is that ants can smell it and hate it. No fire ant is ever going to carry a big steaming lump of coffee down to the queen. I think I might try dried molasses as an alternative.








Subscribe Today - Pay Now & Save 66% Off the Cover Price

First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
Country:
Email:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here

Lighten the Strain on the Earth and Your Budget

MOTHER EARTH NEWS is the guide to living — as one reader stated — “with little money and abundant happiness.” Every issue is an invaluable guide to leading a more sustainable life, covering ideas from fighting rising energy costs and protecting the environment to avoiding unnecessary spending on processed food. You’ll find tips for slashing heating bills; growing fresh, natural produce at home; and more. MOTHER EARTH NEWS helps you cut costs without sacrificing modern luxuries.

At MOTHER EARTH NEWS, we are dedicated to conserving our planet’s natural resources while helping you conserve your financial resources. That’s why we want you to save money and trees by subscribing through our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. By paying with a credit card, you save an additional $5 and get 6 issues of MOTHER EARTH NEWS for only $12.00 (USA only).

You may also use the Bill Me option and pay $17.00 for 6 issues.