MadSci Network: Environment/Ecology

Re: Removing ant trails (Formic acid)

Area: Environment/Ecology
Posted By: Samuel Conway, Senior Staff Chemist, Avid Therapeutics,Philadelphia, PA
Date: Tue Jun 3 20:43:49 1997
Area of science: Environment/Ecology
ID: 863020597.En

I recommend scrubbing with a nice concentrated solution of sodium bicarbonate (baking soda). It will neutralize the formic acid, and the scrubbing will mechanically remove any remaining sodium formate.

I do not make any claim that this is foolproof. I think it is surely worth a try, though. If it doesn't work, I might suggest some D-con!

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