Re: Getting rid of ants
Scientific American must have run out of ideas for their August issue because I think they've been reading these threads.
"Alternatives to organophosphate pesticides (like Dichlorvos) exist, notably pyrethrins, which are used in insect sprays, flea treatments, and shampoos for head lice. These compounds, originally derived from chrysanthemum flowers, alter nerve cell function but in a different way from organophosphates. They are not entirely safe either.
"One better alternative is boric acid, especially when used in bait traps, which draw bugs and keep the chemical contained.
"Fortunately the best ways to control insects in the home do not require any pesticides, just good housekeeping: washing dishes and emptying the garbage daily, sealing food containers, repairing screens, caulking cracks and gaps, and keeping bathrooms and kitchens as dry as possible."
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