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What Kills Flying Ants?

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There are plenty of ways to kill the annoying flying ants that turn up randomly each summer. What you need to do is make sure you find and kill any colonies that may be close to your home. Doing this ensures that you minimize the potential of any further colonies being produced and swarming in the future. Here are a few of the most effective ways I've found.

• The simplest way is to boil a kettle full of water and pour it all over the offending area and ants that are visible. This is a no-nonsense approach that works immediately, but has to be repeated whenever they return.

• Purchase an ant-killer aerosol and spray the ants as they fly through in the air. If they are already in your house and you don't wish to spray fumes inside you can make up a mixture of soapy water and spray that through a bottle with a nozzle instead.

• A more long-lasting approach is to buy a powder pesticide from any hardware store. If you have children or pets, it is probably best that you make your own, as some pesticide powders can be harmful to them. You can do this by mixing together a 1/2 teaspoon of honey, borax, and an artificial sweetener. Sprinkle it onto the top of each mound you find. The ants will then carry the poison back to their underground homes, unwittingly killing the entire colony.

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