Best Ways for Killing Ants

July 31, 2013

Are you still struggling with disgusting ants? Do not worry about it anymore!

The same as you,I had been worrying for those dreadful ants for nearly half a year.Recently i realized that i can not stand it anymore and it is time to get it done.Therefore i did some research.Finally i found some useful methods to cope with it.After trying,they helped me killed all of those ants.Then i think there must have some guys in the same situation as mine before.So i decided to build a blog and share them with you guys.Hope it will work for you and i will be very glad.

It is no doubt very embarrassing to see ants marching like a well trained army into your kitchen or at the place where you eat. It a common sight to see people panicking and getting frightened when they see ants coming to their carpeted areas or baseboards. It is curious to see how they can appear in your bathrooms when you have just finished taking your shower.
I can very well understand the feelings about these stories on ants. This is because I have also experienced ant infestation in a new foreclosed property that I bought this summer. The house was frequented by me on alternative days before its close. I could not see any ants during my time there. But on moving in, I found more than 20 of them in the same single room. After temporarily handling the situation using a common insecticide, I would discover them again after a couple of days in a new place or room. And there were more than just one kind of ants there.
Just then, I made a discovery of the best way of killing ants and was able to drive them away forever. I am no longer disturbed by ants and neither are my clients who also used the same methods.
This article will tell you real ways to get rid of the problem of this kind of infestation. Ants can have more than just one colony and they may all be inside your house. But don’t panic. If you follow these methods in a disciplined manner, you can get rid of the problem for good.
get-rid-of-antsDetermine the kind of ants first
It is tough to find which kind of ants has taken over your home owing to the more than hundred species they have. We have been in this home for about 9 years now and have always seen the same small black ants. But recently we saw some different looking ones which also had wings.
It is tough to determine the kind of ants on your own and may take some time. You can hire a pest management company to do the same but they do nothing for free.
The orkin pest page mention below displays a lot of different kinds of ants there are in this world.
http://www.orkin.com/ants/
So what is the kind?
The working of ants has been watched closely by myself with the help of some documentaries. They are social beings living inside well made colonies and each ant has a different job to take care of. Different types of ants also have differences in their social structures as well. They are no doubt fascinating beings but they just don’t do well inside my home.

Getting rid of the ones in your home
Some professionals were hired by us for the job and it actually worked for some time. However, I doubt there will ever be any long term solution to this problem here due to the prolific nature of this problem in our town.
The ant problem was somewhat under control last year which was due to the weather maybe. There were some ants in the laundry room this winter and the snow was more a foot high outdoors. Maybe it was that they had no food to eat and feed their queen on.
Now, we generally keep traps for the ants. Knowing that this will not kill all of them, it is still a good option for keeping them out most of the times.
From the information I have gathered, it is clear that there is no single solution for getting rid of all different kinds because different types behave and react differently to situations.
There is one thing to be kept in mind because it has a huge importance. In order to fully and permanently drive the ants out of your house, you will have to go after not just the ants but also their colony inside your house. Otherwise, you won’t succeed in the long term.
Out of the remedies mentioned below, some are poisons the ants can be baited with. The workers will take them back and feed the colony on them. This results in long term exterminations of ants.
By following the 5 steps written after this, you will be able to move ants out permanently without having to pay the company people anything.
Below are some of the best gel based baits for ants.
Honey is something which is relay relished by the ants. Ant gels have a texture resembling that of honey and its taste is also very sweet. This makes these ant gels the perfect bait for getting ants and then killing them.

Step 1

borax-for-antsI realized something had to be changed when more ants always appeared after the last bug spray I did. I did not posses any past experience in having to deal with ant colonies so I didn’t know there were potential natural remedies to this problem. My mission in addition to kill the ants roaming about was also to kill the ones residing inside the colony and hidden from my sight.
It was then that I realized I had to make a methodical plan in order to drive them away from my garage and my house once and for all. Ant gel was the first thing I successfully used to rid my home of ants. A gel bait was brought by me. It was called Raid Precision Placement Ant Bait Gel. After that, one day I got the professional products that were used in killing successfully the ants marching in my garage. I admit the scene they created was spooky. The number of ants thronging together was enormous. The ants were easily fooled by me when they readily ate the gel that I placed on their trails. And in a couple of days, that small area was ant free. In another place nearby where I saw some ants, I did the same by placing that gel after every two inches and I was greeted with the same pleasant results of dead ants and disappearing ants everywhere.
I was surprised on noticing that the gel did not attract all the ants. The color of these kind of ants was light brown. The section deals with different baits for ants that you can try to kill them as the next step I took was put out some ant traps.

Kill-Ants-waysAnother ant gel bait to drive ants out of the house
Something surprising to know is that it is fairly easy to get rid of ants from your house opposed to the common thought. The Dupont Advion Ant gel Bait is very effective in attracting ants towards itself. You will have to be particular about the placement of this gel near the areas where ants are sure to visit regularly.
Avoid putting long streaks of this gel and prefer putting just tiny drops of it on the floor. All you need it just one dot. That is really enough. These drops should be placed an inch or two apart from each other to optimize the process. After that, you just have to wait and watch hoe the carriers feed poison to their mates. It will not take a long time for you to come to know that ant gels are very effective for the kind of results you are trying to get.
Best ways to set traps for ants and get rid of them
If you carefully understand and implement the steps contained within this article, you will be able to exterminate the ants from your living area and live without any worries about your food or clothing afterwards. No more fears regarding ants running all over your food and contaminating it.
Step 2

killing-ants-indoorAs mentioned before, my garage was infested by ants who I got rid of successfully. But I also told you that that particular gel did not do a good work of attracting all different kinds of ants.
After that, I set out to lay traps for the ants as my second step in the ant killing strategy. To my surprise, I soon found out that those ants which were not attracted to the previous gel were readily flocking towards these baits that I put out now.
This way, by firsthand experience, I came to know about something special about any killing. In order to kill ants, you have to be really persistent and very methodical in whatever method you choose to follow. You have to use different things to kill different types of ants who feed on different food items. Some like protein rich food while the others are after carbohydrates and fats.
You can decide on the kind of bait you require for your ants by looking at the bait stations given below. A combination of a bait trap and a gel is very useful in driving ants away from your life forever.
The bait traps for ants that were used by me were Ant Killer: Terro Liquid Baits. They came in a pack of two and a box had six of them inside. This is a sweet substance and will attract the ants which binge on carbohydrates. Until the time the colony is completely dead, you will see a lot of ants over the coming few days. They will come to the mixture to eat it and then die. In case there is a presence of some more colonies inside your house, you will also come to know about them in one or two weeks from the incident.

Ants bait traps can be effectively used in getting rid of ants from your home
This is a question very commonly asked by different people who are just about to sell their house which is ant infested. They want a solution to the problem without having to spend a great deal of money on it. And it is understandable. It is almost always recommended by me that they must keep a professional bait system with them and make sure to kill all the ants before they shoe the house to potential buyers.
Terro pre-packaged liquid ant bait traps is something I have extensively used and had success with. You can see many videos in order to learn how to use different baits. This bait is in the liquid phase and should be handled carefully keeping in mind it not to spill it on the ground. This one can also be used near the house entrance and outdoors as well.
Just like the other ones, the activity of ants will stop a few days after they first eat this bait and take it back to the colony with them. Remember this bait has a sweet taste so you can use other baits for ants that want something else to eat.

Step 3A

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Some dusts can be used for removing ants from your house. This can be a good next step. These methods are more apt and useful owing to the fact that they can enter the crevices and cracks in the ants’ homes which otherwise cannot be entered. I myself used this technique after quite a few days of baiting the ants with gel. I did this near the doors and windows of the house. Even a dust bulb can be made use of to push the dust in those very tiny holes and cracks. Out of the products given below, some are even used by industry professionals and some of them come along with a duster. While dusting, boric acid and diatomaceous earth are made use of by me. You should make sure not to inhale all this by wearing a mask over your face during the process.

Home remedies – sugar as bait and boric acid to kill ants
A good method of killing ants and attracting them to your bait is by using sugar and boric acid. It can be used both indoors as well as outdoors. You can see many instructive videos in order to learn how to make the mixture and where to spray it if you want to kill the maximum number of ants. It is recommended by some not to spray this mixture inside the house for fear of attracting more numbers from outside of the house. instead it should be sprayed just outdoors near the entry of the house.

Step  3B

Apart from the method incorporating use of dust, you can give thought to using some aerosols which kill ants. The targets for such kind of aerosol spray should be crevices and crack where you know ants generally tread. These are also the places which the ants go inside to hide. Many believe that ants are not scattered by these aerosols as they are by using different dusts.
Aerosol sprays are a professional remedy and many people do not know much about them as opposed to knowing about dusts. In case, you make up your mind to use both the above mentioned solutions, you should bear in mind to use aerosols for cracks and tiny holes or crevices while dusts should be kept for wall voids. To make sure of complete non interference with other insecticides, you should go for using non repellent substances.

Step 4

It is important to stop the ants which are outside of your house to make sure there are non inside. This idea should come next in your strategy in shooing the ants away permanently. I also went to buy some professional sprays and they leave after-effects most of the time.
Sprays that I got from the local hardware store were very effective in making them scatter around, repelling as well as killing them on contact. But a problem developed after sometime. The ants refused to come near the spray any more. This means they were no longer taking it back to their nest. This will not help in killing the colony and is not the required result for us.
All the points of entry of ants and some other areas like the doors, windows and also the whole perimeter of the house by a professional grade ant killer.
These treatments should also be repeated if that is the requirement of your house. These products should essentially be used according to the instructions which come along them. Do not use a higher quantity of it than what is written on the container of the product. The chemicals should also not be mixed with anything other than what the container says. A normal garden sprayer which is available in most homes is a very good way to spray this chemical mixture. A common garden sprayer is Chapin 26021 Pro Series Poly 2 Gallon Sprayer. Some of the available sprayers in the market are also specially designed to get in the higher places of operation. Protective goggles and gloves can be used during such an operation.
Getting rid of ants from the yard – getting rid of mounds and nests of ants.
Some ant mounds, especially the ones which are asymmetrical in shape have their nesting chambers both inside of them as well as under the surface of the ground. The chambers are used to live in. these mounds are specially shaped by worker ants.

Step 5

This is the last step in the long but very simple procedure of pushing the ants out of your home once and for all. I used granules of insecticides in the yard so that the ants would be killed by eating them. In the fourth step, the windows, doors and entry places of my house were sprayed with insecticide so that no bugs or mites would enter without having to use granules.
The granules were spread around the nests of ants and their ant hills. Just for precaution, the pavements and sidewalks were also protected by me by putting granules there too. In addition to those places, the backyard and the walkway leading to my house were also protected the same way. This is a sure fire method not only to kill the ants but also to keep them from appearing once again. This is because the ant colonies were destroyed by me over time and if I kept my garden well maintained they never came back. Keep in mind that it is not important to flood your garden with these granules. Try placing them near the entrances and area the ants visit do that they do not come inside your car or the house.

If you follow carefully all the above methods by using the products mentioned.Just keep in mind those methods and recipes.There is not a doubt that you will drive ants away for good.Whatever kinds of ants and wherever ants are in(the house,yard,outside,etc.) ,definitely you are able to deal with it easily and effectively.

Hope my article will work for you.Thanks for reading.

How to Get Rid of Sugar Ants?

March 21, 2014

Sugar Ants (or also called as sugar ant bands) are social insects that can be recognized due to their black-colored head and mandibles, and orange-brown body. They are called as such because they like salty and sugary foods. They are quite big and their bite can cause excruciating pain. Worker ants which are ¼” to ¾” in size have jaws that are sticking out. Soldier ants on the other hand, are bigger and darker than worker ants. Other than pest control, we also give knowledge to our readers about any kind of creepy crawler, pest control method, insect, rodent, or anything that is annoying. Sugar ants build colonies, each containing thousands of ants. This species is considered as “idiot ants”, so our exterminators know exactly how to deal with this problem.

Although they can be seen throughout the day, majority of sugar ants are more active at night. Workers are mostly observed to be storing food during this time.get-rid-of-sugar-ants

How to exterminate sugar ants.

Sugar Ant

Sugar ants prefer warm climates, and they are mostly seen on kitchens between the months of March and September. Expect a moving black line in your kitchen when something sweet is spilled and is not cleaned right away.

You can stay away from sugar ants inside your house by cleaning your kitchen sink and counter. Wash your dishes right away, as these ants love doing it for you. This will prevent the swarm of a large number of sugar ants towards your dishes. Counters should also be cleaned as well, as they are attracted to bread, cookie, and cake crumbs – in short, basically all the things that humans like such as cakes, donuts, and pizza. A disinfectant cleaner will do the trick. Remember to clean anything that fell on your floor or top counter right away – whether that is sweet, sticky, powdery, and sticky. At the end of the day, this will help you to avoid paying an extermination bill.

Dish Soap Solution: A Potent Ant Killer

March 21, 2014

 

Dish soap cleans your dishes; along with this, it is also an effective ant killer. Yes! It is tried by many and even its slightest amount can do the job.

Insects have exoskeleton and so do ants. This skeleton is vital for ants because it preserves moisture in their bodies. Dish soap has the potency to dry exoskeleton which eventually leads to death of ant. This simple yet amazing procedure can kill whole colonies of ants.

 

Product:

Methods:

Killing ants with dish soap is really easy and clean process. Any dish soap can be utilized for this purpose; you can select whichever dish soap you are using at home. Combine it with water and keep the ratio similar for both.

For stray ants:

Add this mixture in a spray bottle and directly squirt it on ants. It will kill them.

For Ant Hills:

This method is highly effectual for indoor as well as outdoor use. If you have found an ant hill, pour this mixture into it. It will kill the ants inside and your house or lawn can be ant free.

You can make this mixture more effectual by adding vinegar or window cleaner in it. It will double the strength of it. Even after this addition, it is safer to use it inside.

Dish Soap is a Temporary Solution

Although soap water is an effective killer but this method is not permanent. It can kill them but cannot stop them from returning. Some ants’ colonies are hard to find. You can kill the ones which are in front of you but if you don’t know where they are living, you can’t exterminate them completely.

Hand wearing glove reaching for sponge

Then what’s Permanent?

If you have tried this method and still ants are appearing again then you need help from professional; Check out the best removal division. We know how to clean a house from insects permanently so they don’t trouble you again and again.

 

Exterminate House Ants with 13 Natural ingredients

October 15, 2013

There is that time of the year that seemingly calls out to every ant in the universe to trespass our abode. Creeping relentlessly all over our house. But there is no need to stress out over it because most of what you will need to exterminate these crawlers are already in your kitchen.

 

I am no way welcoming these menacing bugs into my home and I know every person down my neighbourhood, same as you, have caught some of them touring your house like welcomed visitors. So, as I have been browsing online about the natural methods that I can utilize to free my house of ants completely , I came across very helpful techniques or remedies that I would like to share to you.

I was presented with numerous measures such as deterring ants from entering the house in mild cases and/or killing the entire colony of ants to ensure none of them will be left to strive on and etc. In this article, I decided to compile some of the suggestions and comments I was fortunately laid out for you to compare them and decide for yourself what method you want to use that is convenient to you.

1.    Borax, Water and Sugar

-    A combination of these three instead of just the Borax will surely fool the colony and take back the paste to their queen which will poison it and the other ants and in return there will be no more reproducing of ants. You will have to mix the Borax acid and water into a bottle or glass of water until you come up with a thin consistency. Place the paste surrounding the area where ants are coming from to make sure they don’t reach your home. In the course of using this mixture, be reminded that boraz acid is also harmful to human being and any living organism for that matter which is why you must keep it out of reach of children, pets, or away from places where food is served and contained.

 

2.    Peppermint

Peppermint

-    Mint, just like to us humans, is harsh to the sense and when it comes to these really sensitive creatures, it will serve a powerful repellent. There are products in the market that are readily available to be sprayed but you can always make you own mixture at home.

3.    Lemon Juice

Lemon slices

-    Spraying this solution on the holes where the ants are coming out from will work very well, they will stop coming out of the hole like it’s been sealed because they hate the smell of acid.

4.    Chalk

Chalk

-    You may think chalk is only used on the blackboard at school but apparently someone discovered that chalk has components that ants will dare not meet. So if you draw a line where you do not want ants to cross then you’re good to go. There are some available products at home improvement stores that you can buy which are chalk-like powder that works like chalk in repelling ants.

5.    Boiling water and Dish Soap.

Boiling water

Dish Soap

-    Dumping a gallon of boiling or hot water in to the breeding place of ants is also effective in clearing them out of you sight. It will not only kill them but will disinfect their area too. In addition to that, you can also formulate dish soap with water and use it to spray all over the ants or anywhere they are infesting.

6.    Vinegar

Vinegar

-    As you clean around the house and you notice a train of ants parading the wall of you kitchen to feast on some crumbs of food left in there, remember to add vinegar to your cleaning solutions because vinegar has components that will irritate them and will keep them at bay.

7.    Diatomaceous Earth

Diatomaceous Earth

-    This can only work if it is sprinkled on ants or where they breed etc. Do not wet it because its potency will go away. Regularly do this and you will result in a week.

8.    Coffee Grounds

Coffee Grounds

-    Coffee’s scent is aromatic and relaxing but to these tiny creatures, it is plain bad to their sense of smell. So sprinkling some small amounts on their entryways or into cracks and holes they are known to hide will do wonders.

9.    Cinnamon

Cinnamon

-    The smell won’t be a problem because cinnamon are naturally fragrant plus it is easy to clean up after its use. You may spray it or grind it and distribute it around the area the ants are congested. It will not kill the ants but it will keep them away.

10.    Equal

Equal

-    A mixture of Equal packets with apple juice will create solution that is neurotoxic to these little beings, killing them off.

 

 

 

11.     Cornmeal

Cornmeal

-    Just like the baking soda, cornmeal when eaten by ants will alkalinize its body that will cause it to swell and burst to die. In short, have some cornmeal spread where they are staying and it will simply mass murder them.

 

12.    Wheat Cream

Wheat Cream

-    It will make the ant expand and die if ingested just like the cornmeal and baking soda.

13.    Baking Soda & Powdered Sugar

Baking Soda

 

-    If an ant’s body is acidic then you would want it to take in alkaline substance, and a basic material that is readily available in your kitchen counter is the baking soda and sugar. Use it as a bait so that it will eat it. These substances have been proven to make an ant react negatively to it causing explode it to die.

 

Homemade Natural Ant Killers

August 4, 2013

While a majority of the people think ants to be annoying at most, ant infestations can be more dangerous. The biggest danger is that of possible diseases. It is because ants are always foraging for food. That food usually belongs to you. They have to walk through a lot of land to get to that food and might pick some contaminants up on their way. Your food may be damaged by the act of ants first crossing over contaminated droppings and then over your food.
Basic understanding of the ways of ants is useful in order to drive them out of your home. Their social structure is colonial and they are divided into different class. The worker or forager class comprises almost 10 percent of the ant population in the colony. They have do roam outdoors, find things to eat and bring it back to feed others.
A list of natural ways to drive ants away
Borax bait – make a paste by mixing borax (2 tablespoonfuls) with honey, syrup, jelly or jam. A plate should be smeared by it and placed in the ants’ vicinity. They will come to it and carry it with them. Eating this will kill the ants.
You can buy borax from the supermarket with the laundry materials.

Sugar bait

  • 1 TBS sugar
  • 1 TBS Yeast
  • 2 TBS boric Acid (Borax)
  • 2 TBS honey or black strap molasses
  • Make a mixture of the above and put it onto lids or caps of bottles

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Cloves of Garlic and Sticks of Cinnamon
Your house’s corner, tracks of windows and other such areas where the ants usually tread should be made ready by placing garlic or cinnamon sticks. The smell of garlic is not very pleasant as that of cinnamon but it will still work as a good solution. All you need to do is slice some garlic and keep it at a place the ants visit frequently.

  • Black pepper

Black pepper is a repellent for ants. They will quickly disperse and run in different directions if this is sprinkled over them. And when you see them going out of your house, drop some black pepper on the entrance as well.

  • Mint

This hinders the ants’ ability to smell. Therefore, it becomes difficult for them to come to your home. Mint can be used in many different ways for preventing ants to ruin your day. First of all, some mint should be kept at your door or anywhere near an ant hill. Secondly, windows should also be covered by placing mint. And if the use any other place to enter, make sure to keep some mint there too. Ants will be repelled on spraying them with a solution of water and mint oil. Addition of cinnamon into the above mixture is also very useful in repelling ticks, roaches and fleas apart from ants.

  • Citrus vinegar

This is also a good natural bug repellent. Water and lemon vinegar should be equally mixed and sprayed on windows, entrances, doors and shelves. You should also spray on any other potential entrances for pests or ants like holes or cracks. Lemons are disliked by not only ants but also fleas and roaches. Using mint as a combination with lemon will not only ensure an ant free home, but also give out a nice smell.

  • Corn Starch honey

1 tea spoon of honey is to be mixed together with 2 of those of cornstarch. The paste should be placed somewhere the ants are frequent. The honey will draw ants and the whole colony will be infected owing to the fact that cornstarch cannot be digested by them.
Important – keep in mind not to kill them so that they can get those baits back to the colony and feed themselves and the others on it. The bait is poisoned so it should get to the colony no matter what.

Sugar-bait
How to destroy nests
Below is a list containing viable recipes for spray cleaning.
The cleaners mentioned below can be used for both spraying on them as well as cleaning shelves and countertops with.

  • Vinegar + water (1: 1)
  • Vinegar
  • Cider vinegar + water (1:1)
  • You can also spray a mixture of water along with a table spoon of Hazel oil and any of the below mentioned oils.
  • Tea tree oil
  • Peppermint
  • Eucalyptus
  • Lavender

The spray bottle might also be filled with water and liquid detergent may be added to it (1TBS).
Trails are always left behind by ants which are followed by their peers. These may or may not be visible to us but the other ants are adept in following those trails and they know it will get them to food.
You can clean them by the above mixtures and it will also repel those ants from those parts.
Below are some ways to destroy the nest of ants. Be sure you cover yourself up and try to wear boots made of leather to be safe because the army will come out thronging when you put the following materials into the nest.
Hot boiling water should be mixed with a quarter of a cup of dish detergent. This also has the ability to kill the plants and grass around which will help you if you’re up against fire ants.
Cider vinegar should be poured not only around the ant hill but also inside it along the walls. When it is repeated for about three days, you will see the results then. This can also kill the grass and plants around.
Large amount of salt should be added to boiling water in order to make a strong solution of salt. This can also be spilled over the ant hill for about three days to get good results. To prevent them from building another one in the same area, spill it over the neighboring area as well.
You can also get the ants irritated and fed up by regularly flooding their colony with lots and lots of water. You can flood them by letting your garden hose run for a little while longer. Make sure the water falls onto the nest. Do this for a week and they will eventually decide to leave your area.

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A good alternative to borax is diatomaceous earth.
Diatoms, which are microscopic plants containing one cell die and their skeletal remains become fossilized. This is the composition of diatomaceous earth. So, this is a completely natural product to be used. To us, DE is just like another brand of talcum powder but it’s a lethal weapon from the point of view of small insects. It has razor sharp edges which are able to cut through the protective covering of ants. What is good is, that it can harm neither us nor our pets while leading to the death of insects.
This powder should be sprinkled over areas frequented by ants and other insects like ticks and fleas. Areas loved by your pets should also be treated along with any carpets or upholstered furniture. Make sure it gets everywhere in the places you intend it to. It can be pushed into holes and crack with a broom and under the furniture.
Your pet resting places are areas loved by pests. But make sure not to pour any amount of DE over wet soil or grass. It will be useless and just turn to a paste. So in case of rainfall, just wait till all the water is subsided and go out only after making sure that it is completely dry there.
The space between your walls, under your porches in addition to any crawl spaces or narrow or damp places in your attic can be a favorite spot for all sorts of pests. So make sure to apply DE to those areas without fail because the chanced of pests sitting and hiding there are very high. In general it is better to be putting it in as many places as you can so that it can kill more and more insects. In addition to the already mentioned insects, DE can also be used for getting rid of termites etc. But it is effective only when you sprinkle it over the places they live in.
When a few days have passed after you used diatomaceous earth in your house, it is time to vacuum. Remember that you do not really have to remove it from places which are not visited by your like the attic of the house or other crawl spaces. But it is important to vacuum it from your main living spaces including your carpets and furniture you should pick up the powder along with the pests that are either dead or are dying (and eggs of the fleas). For outdoor usage, it is not really necessary to pick the diatomaceous earth up after use.
You can kill bed bugs, spiders, silverfish, ants, roaches, mites, ticks, fleas and many more disturbing elements.
Diatomaceous earth can easily be found at online retailers, hardware stores and home depot Lowes.