I am being carried away, literally.

ANTS, ANTS, ANTS –  Will they every go away?  Usually I have an invasion or two during the year and I put out some Terro Traps and they congregate around them and eventually disappear.  This year, they have come and stayed on like un-invited guests at a dinner party.  The Terro Traps aren’t working.  I put out some cinnamon powder and they snubbed their noses at it and just walked right around it.  I heard that ants didn’t like ginger.  I didn’t have anything other than ginger tea so I cut up my tea bags and placed the dried ginger tea judiciously around.  At first I thought it was working because they didn’t want to cross the line.  Soon after they just found a way around it.  A friend mentioned that quite by accident she discovered that ants love Chocolate Soy Milk.  Her husband had left a cup outside and the ants swarmed to it leaving everything else alone.  Soon others were trying it and it worked.  I think I need a trip to the store to buy Chocolate Soy Milk and give it a try.

The other evening my husband and I were sitting outdoors with friends.  I got to talking with their son about my sensitivities and the safe products I use.  He told me that he and some friends made their own soap and were going to try it again. He had made gluten-free bread before and was being more cautious about what he used to wash his clothes and body with.  And then as if reading my mind about the ants, told me a friend had just posted on Facebook a link to a blog post talking about safe ways to eradicate ants.  I was so excited.  Maybe I could find an answer.  He promised to send me the link.

I received the link in an email.  I found the blog post titled “5 Simple, Natural Ant Control Remedies” and began reading.  It talks about cinnamon sticks and garlic, black pepper, mint and other plants and herbs like lavender and basil.  I plan on reading it very closely and giving these things a try.  It was suggested that mint be planted around the house or near areas where the ants are coming in.  Mint for some reason destroys the smelling mechanism of ants and prevents them from entering the house.  I may need to have my husband plant a few pots and place them outdoors to see how this works.

I think I will try the Chocolate Soy Milk to see if I can lure them away from the house and then start trying the other items listed.  Lastly, I will have to have my husband get some mint.  You can view this post at:

http://smallnotebook.org/2010/04/21/5-simple-natural-ant-control-remedies/

If any of you have any ideas for getting rid of the unwanted visitations of ants, please let me know.

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5 responses to “I am being carried away, literally.

  1. The timing of your post is fantastic…I’ve been having ant problems as well! Will have to give the Chocolate Soy Milk remedy a try.

    I nominated you for a Beautiful Blogger award! No pressure to do anything, just wanted to share your blog with others so they can see how wonderful it is, too! http://dysautonomiac.com/2012/09/18/blogging-award/

  2. We deal with ants every year. Seventh Generation free and clear liquid dish detergent is my ant remedy. Put down a line of liquid detergent near windows or anywhere the ants are coming in. Be very careful about not putting any down where people walk; floors can get slippery. Be persistent. The ants will go away and then return. If the detergent doesn’t deter them completely, it will slow down their appearances in the house. Then ant season ends!

  3. Lindsay – Thank you so much for your nomination. I am enjoying your blog. Please see Jennie’s reply about her suggestions for ants.

  4. Jennie – I would never have thought about the dish detergent. I will have to do some detective work. I think they may be coming in behind my stove. May have to move it out some and squirt some detergent back there. Thank you for the suggestion.

  5. Kathy, One word of caution with the mint. It spreads like a weed and is very very difficult to get rid of, not that I wanted to be rid of it. I had an old neighbor tell me the mint I had planted in my flower bed was a problem for my x after I left him. Haha

    Jayne

    From: allergictolifemybattle >To: mjm0606@sbcglobal.net >Sent: Tue, September 18, 2012 11:53:01 AM >Subject: [New post] I am being carried away, literally. > > >kmtreat posted: “ANTS, ANTS, ANTS - Will they every go away? Usually I have an >invasion or two during the year and I put out some Terro Traps and >theycongregate around them and eventually disappear. This year, they have come >and stayed on like un-invited guests at” > >

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