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Nest Sites:
It will be helpful if you know where the nest is.   Sprinkle a fine layer of DETER-ANT around the nest and in a +- 30 cm radius around the nest.   Ants burrow and they will try to make another tunnel to escape through.   Use either the applicator supplied, which gives a fine dusting, or if you are dealing with a large garden area, a household sieve is a good tool.

DETER-ANT is made from food grade silicon dioxide and you need only to rinse the sieve afterwards for re-use in the kitchen.   Also, the queen ant is closest to the surface in the cooler early mornings so this is the best time to apply the powder.

Do not apply DETER-ANT thickly.   The ants will simply avoid it.   They are quite happy to find their way through a fine dusting.

Ant Trails:
If you are unable to find the nest site, simply apply a fine dusting along the ant trail with the applicator.   The applicator 'puffs' the powder and supplies a thin coating.   Remember do not apply a thick coating as they will simply make a new trail to avoid the DETER-ANT in their path.

Trees and Shrubs:
When you notice ants going up trees and shrubs put a dusting around the base of the tree or shrub to contain and eradicate the ants.

You can mix DETER-ANT with water and apply with a garden spray but a wet application is not as effective.   You will have to wait for the water to evaporate for the mixture to become 100% effective.   You will also find that you need to continuously shake the spray to keep the fine powder in suspension.   We do not recommend wet application.

Always remember that DETER-ANT is not a poison but a natural way to eradicate ants.   It might take up to five weeks for complete eradication and re-application may be necessary.   Ants do a good job cleaning up in the garden and are a benefit to the environment and an integral part of the eco-system.   It's only when they become a nuisance in the home or overpopulate our gardens that we should take measures to control them.

Other useful applicators found in most homes:
A paint brush.
A baster.
Salt or pepper shakers.


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