This particular use for the artificial sweetener Aspartame could possibly be another urban legend; but, my own experiences with this product sold under several brand names including Nutrasweet are not. Aspartame is dangerous and scary.
Aspartame is added into many products to enhance and prolong taste. Check the labels of your chewing gum, soft drinks, vitamins, baking mixes, etc. and notice that the amount of this product is not listed on the label, only that it is there. A warning appears about aspartame, but it is inadequate.
I will post some information next week. Today has been quite busy for me. I attended the Greensboro women's Equality Day this morning. I will post some of my observations about it next week.
From the June 2006 Idaho Observer: http://www.idaho-observer.com
Aspartame - The World's Best Ant Poison
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 2 yrs ago and I have not seen any carpenter ants for about 9 - 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.