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Aspartame (Nutrasweet)- The world's best Ant Poison

Postby Areo » Mon Sep 17, 2007 9:25 am

Aspartame - The World’s Best Ant Poison

contributed by Jan Jensen of WELLthy Choices

We live in the woods and carpenter ants are a huge problem. We have spent thousands of dollars with Orkin and on ant poisons trying to keep them under control but nothing has helped.

So when I read somewhere that aspartame (Nutrasweet) was actually developed as an ant poison and only changed to being considered non-poisonous after it was realized that a lot more money could be made on it as a sweetener than as an ant poison, I decided to give it a try.

I opened two packets of aspartame sweetener, and dumped one in a corner of each of our bathrooms. That was about 2 years ago and I have not seen any carpenter ants for about 9 to 12 months. It works better than the most deadly poisons I have tried. Any time they show up again, I simply dump another package of Nutrasweet in a corner, and they will be gone for a year or so again.

Since posting this information I have had many people tell me of their success solving ant problems with this substance, when nothing else worked.

We found later that small black ants would not eat the aspartame. It was determined that if you mixed it with apple juice, they would quickly take it back to the nest, and all would be dead within 24 hours, usually. I have found that sometimes it will kill them, and sometimes it does not. Not sure why, may be slightly different species of ants or something.

Fire Ants: We got our first fire ant hill about 2 weeks ago. Poison did not work. We tried aspartame and the ants ignored it until we got a light rain. It was just a sprinkle, enough to moisten the Nutrasweet and ground, but not enough to wash it away. They went crazy, hundreds of them grabbing it and taking it back into the mound. When I checked the mound 2 days later, there was no sign of the fire ants. I even dug the mound up some, and still saw none of them.

How does it Work: Aspartame is a neuropoison. It most likely kills the ants by interfering with their nervous system. It could be direct, like stopping their heart, or something more subtle like killing their sense of taste so they can’t figure out what is eatable, or smell, so they can’t follow their trails, or mis-identify their colonies members, so they start fighting each other. Not sure what causes them to end up dying, just know that for many species of ants it will kill them quickly and effectively.

As with any poison I recommend wearing gloves and washing any skin areas that come in contact with this poison, and avoid getting it in your mouth, despite anything the labeling may indicate.

I suspect it will work for other insects such as yellow jackets as well, but have not tested that yet.

More information on this fantastic poison can be found at:
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Postby bill » Mon Sep 17, 2007 4:12 pm

I cannot wait to try this. We have ants at work as well as at our apartment, nothing major but occasionally it escalates at the office and someone comes in and lays traps.

mmmm, isn't nutrasweet in diet coke or caffeine free coke or whatever?
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Postby Bilnick » Mon Sep 17, 2007 4:20 pm

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Postby Serano » Mon Sep 17, 2007 4:41 pm

We use cinimin and Baby powder to stop ants. It doesn't kill them - it just stops their trails because the scent thing they do doesn't work thru dusty talcom.

I have learned this - do NOT wash away an ant trail that is active with water or soap and water. What it does is spread their pheremone stuff all over the whole area and you summon the army of ants to see why their scents are going crazy.
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Postby Areo » Mon Sep 17, 2007 5:30 pm

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Postby Jahras » Mon Sep 17, 2007 5:31 pm

ammonia + bleach is my fav ant killer (warning its pretty dangerous, toxic to inhale, and often explosive)
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Postby Chadeaux » Mon Sep 17, 2007 7:18 pm

ohh I cant wait to try this either, I just noticed on building the deck I have a wall with them.

any Idea if it works with sugar ants ? (those little red ones)
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Postby Stonecrush » Tue Sep 18, 2007 3:12 am

Serano the word you are seeking is called Pheramones. The talc in the baby powder simply absorbs the trail and any future trails being laid ontop, kind of similar to how baking soda absorbs oders from refrigerators.

Do not mix Bleach with Ammonia it makes Chlorine GAS... Same reason why people don't scrub their toilets with Commet... :) :razz

Jah's watch out those ant's may appeal to the UN about you using gas to kill them inhumanly! Hello Geneva Convention and crimes against ant kind :razz

Chad I recommend the sweet water trick with those sugar ants. Making the aspartame damp will appeal to the ants as more of a sticky treat rather than a powder (which is why the carpender ants liked it so much.)

My guess is the Aspartame causes the ants to die due to it's carsonagenic qualities. Chemo for the ants?
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