Pin Trusted or Pin Busted – Does Febreze Kill Ants?

Once upon a time I made a tiny aside, like a parenthesis within a sentence within a paragraph within a post, about how I tested a Pin I found that said that Febreze kills ants.  Ever since then, almost daily, people do a search for “does febreze kill ants” and they end up on that post.  In the post, I said it didn’t work.  But, I used the aerosol air freshener Febreze when I tried it and I always thought I should try it again with the original squeeze trigger fabric freshener.  And that is just what I did.

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This is what I found out.  Febreze fabric freshener DOES, in fact, kill ants.  However, I had to squeeze 7-9 squirts to kill an ant.  Probably not the most cost effective way to kill an ant.  Also, the ant did not die an easy death.  It got very twitchy and off kilter and I truly felt guilty about causing the thing such a horrible death.

Which leads me to two conclusions.  If Febreze can make the death of an ant look like it has been hit with nerve gas, what is it doing to humans?  Probably nothing.  I’m sure it’s perfectly safe.  But, still, it made me think.  And second, unless you have a major infestation, isn’t it easier and more humane to use the far more effective method of stomping the poor thing with your foot?



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  • Xavier | June 11, 2015 | Reply

    Stomping ants actually draws more ants as a result of the panic pheromones that they emit, similiar to a human’s 911 call. Poisoning/gassing them makes them think “oh, i entered an area lethal for my kind, better not call more of us to it.”

    • Undercoverdiyer | June 11, 2015 | Reply

      Well, you learn something new everyday! Maybe I’ll just learn to peacefully coexist!

  • just a commenter | June 11, 2015 | Reply

    does it remove ant trails? like so more dont come

    • Undercoverdiyer | June 11, 2015 | Reply

      I’m not sure… I doubt it. It wasn’t a very effective Ant Killer.

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