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Newspaper clipping titled "Ants a Nuisance? Here are Remedies" [unknown], Author [date unknown]

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The tiny active insects known as
ants are especially numerous in the
summertime, and are frequently unwelcome intruders in homes and gardens. There are many species of them,
all are social in their habits, and live
together in colonies. The majority of
the ants in a colony and the ones
most commonly seen are wingless undeveloped female workers, which are
incapable  of reproducing their kind.
A common and troublesome household species is the tiny reddish-yellow
Pharaoh's ant, which originated in the
tropics but is now widespread in Canada. The common large black carpenter ant is normally an outdoor species nesting principally in decaying
wood, but frequently occurs in dwellings, particularly frame houses and
summer cottages, and may cause damage to woodwork. A third common
species is the small yellowish-brown
lawn ant, which nests in lawns and
gardens and often enters houses in
search of food.
Destructive    Powder
According to the Division of Entomology, Science Service, Department
Jgjtf Agriculture, Ottawa, the most satisfactory material for destroying ants is
sodium fluoride, sold by druggists in
the form of a fine white powder. This
powder should be scattered or blown
with an insecticide puffer or dust-gun
in places where the ants occur, and
should not be removed until the insects have disappeared. Sodium fluoride is a poison and should not be exposed in places where children or pets
may have access to it. Another method, recommended as particularly effective against Pharaoh's ants, consists of using a poisoned-bait trap.
This is made by punching several
holes in the sides of a small tin can
with a tight lid, and placing in it a
small piece of sponge and a small
quantity- of syrup prepared by mixing
4 ounces of sugar and *4 ounce of
honey in one-half pint of hot water,
and adding y2 gram of sodium arsen-
ite. The worker ants are greatly attracted to the bait and take it to their
nests to feed the larvae and queen.
The number of tins to use depends on
the size of the premises and the extent of the infestation. In preparing
and using this bait it should be borne
in mind that sodium arsenite is very
poisonous  to humans.
Ants may be discouraged from entering houses by keeping shelves,
tables, and floors as free as possible
from food fragnients, and by storing
foodstuffs in ant-proof containers. In
addition, openings in floors and walls
through which ants may enter should
be carefully plugged. When it is possible to find the nests in the ground
outside, the ant colonies may be destroyed by puncturing holes in the
surface and pouring in a small quantity of carbon bisulphide. Heavy gas
is given off by this liquid and its effect
may be increased by covering the nest
with an old coat or sacking. Care
should be taken not to expose carbon
bisulphide near fire as it is v^ry i^
fiammabl' -


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