Saturday

Ants Have Taken Over My Mailbox ~ I Am Fighting Them With Firewater

Look at the family of ants that are in my mail box.  They laid their eggs right in the front...  I have been fighting them for awhile now.      My mail would get loaded with ants.  I would clean it out and the next day they had their
nest built up again.    You should see all the eggs they have laid.

Here is one of the little buggers causing all the problems.  














I decided to fight those ants with fire water.    I mixed up some hot pepper water that I made with last years ghost pepper plant.   I added a little dish liquid and put it into this container that we bought just for my fire water mix.    I also use it on my plants to keep the bugs from eating them.

I then sprayed the firewater into my mailbox.  It must have really burned the ants because they curled up and stopped moving.

I then cleaned my mailbox out with hot soapy water.   Next, I sprayed more firewater into the box and let it dry.

 
It has been over a week now that I haven't seen an ant in my mailbox yet.   I hope they stay away now.

40 comments:

  1. OMG - if that concoction doesn't do it, I don't know what will! I've had problems with sugar ants..at least yours weren't in the house. Glad it seems to have worked for you.

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  2. Hopefully that works - be sure to let us know if the come back.

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  3. Boy, what's with the ants this year. I've been fighting them too. I had sugar ants in the back porch. A line of them coming from the molding and then a big circle of the horrible moving little scum. I circled it all with diatomaceous earth and the next day they had all disappeared. They are so tiny I don't know if they died or moved out but I read they take the powder back to the nest and they all die. I also read somewhere to circle them with cornmeal. They eat, drink and blow up and die. Thanks for the ant tip. It's nice have this info because they are sure around this year.

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    1. I don't know Manzi! They are horrible this year. I blame it on our Pennsylvania rainy weather but you said your weather has been really dry. I read about the cornmeal and need to give it a try next time also.

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  4. Firewater!! haha Wow, poor mailman must have hated seeing those ants too. Glad you got rid of them!

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  5. Every single year those ants make their way inside our house. This year we expected them and took proactive measures. We saw one or two, not one or two hundred. It was awesome. ;) Glad you've gotten rid of yours (knock on wood).

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  6. The great ant killer, such a murderer haha

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  7. Good you fought back...yay.
    I hate any sort of insects moths rodents.
    I have been seeing traces of termite despite of fighting back.
    Iam glad you won.
    xoxo
    z

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  8. Well if I was an ant, I'd steer clear of that ghost pepper spray!

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  9. Anonymous10:48:00 AM

    Oh my goodness, you are so funny! I love that idea. - Layne

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  10. Very creative. Ant buster! I love it and will have to use it next time instead of calling Orkin.

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  11. Wonderful way of dealing with ants. Better than using insect spray. More environment friendly

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  12. That is a creative way to kill the buggers

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  13. Did you find their nest in the ground and it a shot too.

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    1. Sandie,
      I didn't find their nest, but I covered the ground below in pepper spray.

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  14. I hate ants! They are bugging me too! So, did it work?

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    1. Veronica,
      So far it is working well. I will have to give your windex a try next time.

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  15. Hahaha, just don't lick your fingers when you've collected the mail!!!

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  16. Never heard of ants building a nest in a mailbox before!! Where do you live?

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    1. Miki,
      I live in Pennsylvania. It has been very wet and rainy here this year so the ants are probably headed for higher ground.

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  17. Great idea. We grew ghost peppers last year. My husband is a huge fan of "the hotter the better". That should take care of the ants.

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  18. I am glad it worked for you! I hadn't ever thought to try that. We are having a problem with a nest of fire ants in the back yard. I don't have any ghost peppers but I would love to buy some and try this.

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    1. Pam,
      You could probably use any hot peppers. I just used Ghost because they are really, really hot.

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  19. Haha the ant fighter :) Glad you found something that works. I had this issue last year and I almost gave up! They were resistant to anything.

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  20. Ants are no fun! I'm glad you figured out a way to run them off! I can't imagine sticking my hand in to get my mail and finding ants! (I'm allergic so that could end very badly!)

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  21. Sounds like it will work. When my Dad finds a hill he pours boiling water into it. I read if they come into your kitchen, wipe your counters down with vinegar. They hate vinegar to.

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  22. I hate ants! We have ants off and on, but our problem are wasps. Not sure which is worse. lol

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  23. Ghost peppers are hot! I'll have to remember that trick.

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  24. You're tough! Firewater, huh? Remind me never to get on your bad side. I like a woman who does what it takes. We have ants in the kitchen. I'll have to try this.

    xoRobyn

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  25. We always have a problem with those teeny tiny ants. I don't know what they are called. My mom says they are called piss ants, but I don't really think that's their proper name lol. Every spring we have to spray to keep them away! Glad you got them buggers to move out of your box!

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  26. Wow that sounds like it worked great!

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  27. Hey Terry,

    Hopefully, that did the trick. Did the little buggers sneeze?

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  28. I hope that solved the problem for you. y daughter has an ant problem in her Condo and I told her to put red hot pepper powder all around the edges of her walls. It works for a while but she has to keep retreating often. Also with little ones crawling around she is afraid they might get into the powder.

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  29. Interesting - is it waterproof? sandie

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  30. Thanks for the great, natural insecticide recipe!

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  31. Oh Boy, do I ever need this. Ants are crawling everywhere! Love that this is a natural ingredient.

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  32. WOW! I hate ants, especially fire ants. Hopefully your mixture will keep them away for good

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  33. What a pain in the butt, I'm so glad you had something to get rid of them!~

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  34. I'm glad you finally showed them what's what and that you mean business!

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  35. Ah...now I remember this post. My sugar ants came back the other day because of the humidity, I think. My ant traps aren't doing the job. I need this concoction I think! :)

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