Is Colloidal Silver Effective Against Ants?
Colloidal silver has been used effectively against various household and garden pests, but what about ants?
Believe it or not, silver is actually very effective against certain insect pests. But not because silver is poisonous or otherwise toxic to insects. Instead, silver destroys crucial microbes that live in symbiotic relationship with the insects, and that the insects depend upon.
And when the colloidal silver destroys those microbes, the insects either die off, or move on to another area where there’s no silver to harm their microbial friends. Ergo, voila, no more infestation.
Keep reading to find out about one man’s successful experience in stopping ants in their tracks using colloidal silver…
Hi, Steve Barwick here, for The Silver Edge…
Recently I received this message from one of my readers, and wanted to share it with you:
“Hi Steve, I asked this question last summer about spraying silver around the perimeter of my home to keep the pesty ants out of my home and you weren’t sure so I thought I would give it a try. I cancelled my exterminator for the first time in the 5 years I have lived here and it works!!! No a sign of any ants since I sprayed. The ants are so bad in this community they would come back b4 the next 3 month visit of the exterminator. Well I didn’t know how often to spray so I sprayed every 2 weeks and after a rain. The ants are thick here and not a single one in my home, no more chemicals and I’m saving so much money and it only takes 1 gallon for the whole perimeter of my house. I love this stuff.
I have made for some of my neighbors who cannot afford an exterminator and for the first time they haven’t had to fight with ants.
I have to admit, I haven’t had a chance to try it myself. But I did discover that there’s a patent for eliminating fire ants by spraying them with colloidal silver.
It’s United States Patent Application 20090017134, and here’s a brief synopsis from the patent website:
“A method for controlling fire ants is described, which includes applying a silver-containing composition to an area infested by fire ants or threatened by an infestation. The composition is applied to the area and reduces or eliminates the colony within a period of about two to four weeks and prevents fire ant re-infestation for a period of about six months to one year.”
Fire ants are known as pests across the globe and comprise almost 300 different known species of stinging ants. They feed primarily on young plants and germinating seeds, and can cause significant agricultural damage, particularly to grain, fruit, nut and root crops.
Four species of fire ants are currently found throughout the southeastern United States, having arrived to the U.S., from the tropics, back in the early 1900’s.
So, how does colloidal silver work against the destructive fire ants? Here’s what the patent states, under the subhead “Detailed Description of the Invention”:
“The invention is based in part on the surprising discovery that application of a silver-containing composition to an area infested by fire ants repels the ants from the area and the repellant effect is maintained for a period of several months following application.
In particular, the inventors have discovered that simple compositions containing silver in the form of silver particles and ions, or as silver nitrate dissolved in water are effective repellants of fire ants and their entire colonies.
The invention provides an improvement over commonly used methods for fire ant control such as individual mound treatment and broadcast treatment, the effectiveness of which are limited as described elsewhere herein.
The novel method described herein differs in its basic approach to the problem of fire ant infestation by apparently impacting the fire ants indirectly. Instead of killing or incapacitating the ants, the ants in a targeted colony are forced to migrate to a location away from the area treated with the silver-containing composition.
Without being bound to particular theory, it is believed that application of the silver-containing composition creates highly unfavorable living conditions for the fire ants by reducing or eliminating their food supply, in particular by negatively impacting the growth or quality of fungi and bacteria in the soil.
In any case, the inventors have shown that in response to application of the silver compositions as described herein, fire ant colonies either completely relocate to an untreated area, or the size of the colony is substantially reduced.
It is believed that the inventors’ results are applicable to the control of other insect pests for which fungi or bacteria are a major food source.”
This is the interesting part: the silver is not toxic to the ants, themselves. Indeed, when the patent holders had lab tests conducted at Texas A&M University, ants that were given colloidal silver in their drinking water were not harmed by it.
But by applying colloidal silver to the ant bed itself, and the surrounding soil, it eliminates the soil bacteria and fungus that the ants live in harmony with in a symbiotic relationship. So, when you apply the colloidal silver to the ant beds, the ants suddenly become migratory. In other words, they begin to pack up their bags and leave.
According to the patent holders, depending on a variety of factors it can take between two weeks to six weeks to see the ant beds go from bustling communities to completely bare when colloidal silver is applied to the ant beds at concentrations ranging from .5 ppm (i.e., one-half ppm) to 35 ppm.
The patent holders also wrote:
“Several tests at different concentrations were conducted over fifteen (15) months. In all cases after an initial reaction period varying from about 2 to about 4 weeks during which fire ant activity steadily decreased, the treated areas were then free of fire ant mounds for approximately six (6) months to one (1) year.
A second application of solution to the same mounds about one year after the initial treatment achieved the repellant result within a shorter period of about 1 to 2 weeks. After the initial application, the tested areas were regularly maintained (mowed and cleaned of debris).”
So, there you have it. Colloidal silver can be used to help eradicate beds of fire ants from your property! Now, isn’t that quite amazing?
You Can Use Colloidal Silver to Stop Other Insect Pests, Too!
Ants are not the only insect pest you can help eliminate in your home or garden using colloidal silver. I’ve written several articles detailing how other insect pests can be eliminated here:
- Aphids – Colloidal silver is so effective against aphids, you can generally clear up a stubborn infestation in 24 to 48 hours – and it’s all completely natural, and with no harm or toxicity whatsoever to your rose bushes or flowers!
- Fleas – Read about how pet owners are using colloidal silver to keep fleas off their pets.
- Fungus Gnats – One colloidal silver user was quite surprised to discover that colloidal silver got rid of the greenhouse fungal gnats that were living in the soil of her houseplants.
- Mosquitos – Learn about the research performed over the past ten years that has demonstrated silver nanoparticles to be toxic to mosquito larvae without harming surrounding wildlife.
- Roaches – Read how pathogen-laden cockroaches avoid colloidal silver-treated floor tiles like the plague.
- Termites – Learn how, back in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, the federal government was investigating the use of silver particles as a wood preservative to help prevent termite infestation as well as mold contamination.
And here’s an even more in-depth article with more details on several other kinds of household pests, including fruit flies, dust mites, and more:
Have You Used Colloidal Silver Successfully Against Ants?
Do you use colloidal silver to help keep your home free from ants or other insect pests? Let me know in the Colloidal Silver Secrets Group on Facebook! I’d love to read about your experience.
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Unfortunately, colloidal silver can be pricey, costing as much as $20 to $30 for a tiny four-ounce bottle which might last a week at best.
But the truly good news is this:
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Meanwhile, I’ll be back next week with another insightful article on colloidal silver….
Yours for the safe, sane and responsible use of colloidal silver,
Steve Barwick, author
The Ultimate Colloidal Silver Manual
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