An ant hill, as the name implies, is simply a hill of ants. It’s a pile of soil, clay, sand and/or pine needles that ants build so they can form the entryway to their underground shelter. The colony is maintained by worker ants. They’re the ones who work day in and day out to carry bit of soil and dirt, and use these to form the ant pile.
The first declared largest colony of ants was found in Hokkaido, Japan along the coast of Ishikari. Experts say that the ant pile contained over 3,000 million worker ants, and 1 million queen ants. It also has 45,000 ant nests. Dubbed as a “supercolony”, the subterranean dwelling spanned over 2.7 kilometers or 670 acres.
In 2000, this was beaten by a much larger supercolony containing billions of workers, and whose dwelling stretched along the Southern Europe’s Atlantic and Mediterranean coasts (6,004 kilometers or 3,731 miles!).
So there’s an ant hill in your yard. There’s little chance that it’s a supercolony but you can’t be too sure. If you want to get rid of it, don’t make use of pesticides. This is harmful to your health and the environment. The chemicals in those pesticides are toxic, and can leech into water sources, finding their way to the water you use for drinking and taking a bath.
The safer route would be to kill the ant pile using natural remedies. What’s natural and safe that can be used for this purpose? Club soda! Check out the post below to find out how to use club soda as an ant deterrent.
You can also try spraying ants with a mixture of water and vinegar, or feeding them with corn meal. Corn meal can be poured into their nest, and since they won’t be able to digest it, this will eventually cause for the ants to die.