Aspartame: the world’s best ant poison


Richard Moore

From: "Electronz Ezine" <•••@••.•••>
Subject: ELECTRONZ - 631
Date: Tue, 15 Aug 2006 14:27:02 +1200
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14 AUGUST 2006
Weekly international Ezine focusing on the New Economics


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Years ago a medical statistician raised eyebrows by citing a possibly 
coincidental correlation between a cluster of medical conditions and the average
per capita consumption of aspartame , based on national statistics. The lowest 
incidences of the clusters occurred in countries which at that date did not 
allow the selling of any products within their boundaries containing that 

Earlier this year Electronz ran a story questioning its safety, and now an 
American paper, The Idaho Observer, runs one extolling its virtues as an "Ant 
Poison" . While we cannot yet endorse its efficiency, it certainly does make for
interesting reading.We Quote:

Aspartame - The World's Best Ant Poison

contributed by Jan Jensen of WELLthy Choices

We live in the woods and carpenter ants are a huge problem. We have spent 
thousands of dollars with Orkin and on ant poisons trying to keep them under 
control but nothing has helped.

So when I read somewhere that aspartame (Nutrasweet) was actually developed as 
an ant poison and only changed to being considered non-poisonous after it was 
realized that a lot more money could be made on it as a sweetener than as an ant
poison, I decided to give it a try.

I opened two packets of aspartame sweetener, and dumped one in a corner of each 
of our bathrooms. That was about 2 years ago and I have not seen any carpenter 
ants for about 9 to 12 months. It works better than the most deadly poisons I 
have tried. Any time they show up again, I simply dump another package of 
Nutrasweet in a corner, and they will be gone for a year or so again.

Since posting this information I have had many people tell me of their success 
solving ant problems with this substance, when nothing else worked.

We found later that small black ants would not eat the aspartame. It was 
determined that if you mixed it with apple juice, they would quickly take it 
back to the nest, and all would be dead within 24 hours, usually. I have found 
that sometimes it will kill them, and sometimes it does not. Not sure why, may 
be slightly different species of ants or something.

Fire Ants: We got our first fire ant hill about 2 weeks ago. Poison did not 
work. We tried aspartame and the ants ignored it until we got a light rain. It 
was just a sprinkle, enough to moisten the Nutrasweet and ground, but not enough
to wash it away. They went crazy, hundreds of them grabbing it and taking it 
back into the mound. When I checked the mound 2 days later, there was no sign of
the fire ants. I even dug the mound up some, and still saw none of them.

How does it Work: Aspartame is a neuropoison. It most likely kills the ants by 
interfering with their nervous system. It could be direct, like stopping their 
heart, or something more subtle like killing their sense of taste so they can't 
figure out what is eatable, or smell, so they can't follow their trails, or 
mis-identify their colonies members, so they start fighting each other. Not sure
what causes them to end up dying, just know that for many species of ants it 
will kill them quickly and effectively.

As with any poison I recommend wearing gloves and washing any skin areas that 
come in contact with this poison, and avoid getting it in your mouth, despite 
anything the labeling may indicate.

I suspect it will work for other insects such as yellow jackets as well, but 
have not tested that yet.

More information on this fantastic poison can be found at:

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