Spray the inside of mailbox with 409! Kills ants on contact. Wiped down the inside of mail box.
I suddenly had ants and sugar in my mailbox and I whish whoever put them there had balls enough to just say to me there problem ...What Assholes.
I had them twice. Both times I simply used the garden hose and blasted them out. Never used any cleaners.
I read this article first, and was disgusted by the thought of having to somehow remove the nursery, but ready to work myself up to it.
In the meantime, i read another tip that said, just make the environment unfriendly by leaving the mailbox open. They picked it because it was dark and secure. Change that.
I did this and checked back 2 hours later and there was NO TRACE of the ants or their eggs.
If you want to follow this up with washing the interior, then go for it, but save yourself the nightmare-inducing tasks of removing the ants and let them do the work for you.
Earwigs, crickets, and a bewildered bumblebee? Yes.
Just never know what I'll find -- but it's still better than bills. :)
every summer it happens at least once - that a colony of ants decides to make their 'nursery' in my mailbox. While I appreciate the diligence of some of the suggestions - most involve more time/work than necessary - and I refuse to use poison chemicals....or to needlessly kill ants when all I want is for them to move elsewhere. Solution? go to your kitchen! There you will find - salt (I use sea salt but it does not matter), chili powder, red pepper powder, cinnamon. Combine these in any amount you deem necessary - usually a teaspoon each will suffice (and no worries if you are lacking in one of the above - it will still work!) Place in a bowl and blend with a spoon...then off to your mailbox you go! open the door - sprinkle a goodly portion right ON the eggs etc...where the post joins the box, then around the inside edges of box. leave the door open overnight. Voila! they will LEAVE and not come back! (at least for this year) Much less work for you, not stinky and NO poison involved!!!!!!!!!
I opened the box, left it open, they moved out. Put in a paper towel soaked in white vinegar for good measure. They're all gone. I'll wait to close the box until tomorrow morning. Don't expect they'll try that again.
I had the same problem. My reaction was to put one of those small plastic ant products that you can place around your house to attract the ants. They take it back to the colony and it sends them to their final farewell. I've had the same one in there for over a year and they have not returned. Just place it in the back of the box. Problem solved!