fossil v. ant

We’re undergoing an ant assault outside the house.  One area that’s of particular concern is the utility yard, where we keep the trash can and recycling bins.  There’s a 24 hour a day Ant Party going on back there.  I don’t want to use anything that might harm other bugs or animals, and so I’m trying out Diatomaceous Earth – it’s made up of fossilized diatoms, and it is supposed to play havoc with the insect exoskeleton, causing them to dehydrate.  Hate to do this to the little guys, but I also hate lifting the lid of the trash can after dark and having my hand covered in ants.  But they appear to be safe for now; my initial application of DE has been ineffective – I see the ants are just walking right past it.

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