Had an email discussion with my friend Chatty yesterday. She's been In Training for ridding her home of unwanted guests, and we commiserate together and share inside secrets! Since spring is finally here, it brings with it those uninvited, unwanted guests - ANTS! Mr. Wonderful did an amazing job of new countertop installation, but one thing we did not consider when choosing the color of it - it offers a "cloak of invisibility" not only to fingerprints, but also to ANTS!They blend in pretty darned well, so you have to make sure you are aware of any slight movement on the counter!
Chatty disclosed her secret weapon to me - whole cloves sprinkled around - easy to sweep up, and has a nice smell too. I tried her suggestion on my countertops and when the ants appeared, I could tell they were confused! They moved very slowly, lifted a leg, then 2 legs, reared up, twisted their body from side to side - clearly signs of 'ant puzzlement'. While they were in the "confused mode", I SQUISHED THEM! Heartless, aren't I??
I love all creatures but some really need to stay outside - away from my territory! In the past we've had sugar ants (or "piss ants", as they're sometimes referred to), and there are various types of ant bait on the market containing boric acid, which poisons the ants. Success has been had by sprinkling corn meal where the ants are entering your home, then the ants carry it back to their lair and feed upon it, and when they drink water, the corn meal swells and explodes them - kind of like a bomb detonating! COOL! Other means of confusing the "scouts" of the ant army would be spraying the area with white vinegar or sprinkling black pepper or cinnamon around. Some folks swear by baby powder - they sprinkle it on the outsides of cat and dog bowls because ants can't stand baby powder!
Right now, my kitchen is lightly scented with cloves, thanks to Chatty's hint! It's good to have bloggie friends!
Have a great day -