Coming home from an extended period away we found the annual, unwanted spring guests in our kitchen – Ants. I’m not squeamish but ants crawling over the counter top and cupboards is really gross. They’ve shown up the last 4 years or so but how we fix the propblems has changed dramatically.
What Didn’t Work:
(1) Years ago our first resort was to have an exterminator come out and spray chemicals around the perimeter of the house. That only “worked” for a few days and we had a chemical barrier all around our house – gross.
(2) Next came ant traps that we placed around the kitchen. They too had chemicals in them, didn’t work and we couldn’t keep the dog(s) from wanting to play with them – gross again.
(3) Last year was another venture with a different ant trap that were concealed from the dog(s). You guessed it, they had chemicals as well and didn’t get rid of the ants. After 3 years of not getting any smarter we still had ants in the kitchen – stupid and gross.
Finally A Small Breakthrough:
This year I was smart enough to “Google” natural alternatives to get rid of ants and found Chris Stanley’s article below. Checking the doors and windows worked to an extent as we had several small openings for ants to enter the house that I needed to fix – that was a start. In addition we tried sprinkling Cinnamon around the kitchen (didn’t work), then sprinkling baby powder around the kitchen (didn’t work). We saw some improvement because we concealed a lot of entry ways but we still had ants – uh, gross.
What Did Work: VINEGAR
Ants gone immediately! I made a 3/4 part white distilled vinegar and 1/4 part water solution and put it in a spray bottle. Then I saturated the entire counter top, cupboards and window and door frames. I wiped 3/4 of the solution up after half an hour while still leaving some solution to dry for another hour. The ants never came back. I happen to love the smell of vinegar, but if you don’t, not to worry. The smell will dissipate after a few hours but the ant deterrent continues. I’ve re-sprayed a few times but I haven’t seen a single ant for 3 weeks.
Take Care and Get Prepared,
Casey and Lynn
“My Greatest Skill In Life Has Been To Want But Little”
Henry David Thoreau
How to Get Rid of Ants Naturally
By Chris Stanley
On Monday, you see a couple of ants. You squish them with a tissue. The next day, there are quite a few more, and you reach for a chemical spray.
Wait – you can get rid of a few ants by spraying them, but to reach the whole colony and solve your long term problem, you need to know how to get rid of ants naturally.
There are many arguments against using pesticides. For instance, it is harmful to children and pets. It may even cause long term damage at the DNA level which means you’re harming generations to come.
But, if that isn’t enough reason, the quickie spray method doesn’t achieve long term results. Here’s how to get rid of ants naturally.
First of all, check your doors and windows. If you can see light coming out from beneath the bottom, you know that this is a place where ants can get in. Then, check the ant trails. Is there a small hole in the wall where they’re coming through?
How to get rid of ants naturally starts with blocking their entrance to your home. Wherever there is an opening, you can either caulk it up, which is a long term solution, or place petroleum jelly around it which will solve the problem for a few days while you make longer term plans.
Then, place a line of baby powder around each of the doors, windows, and other openings. Ants cannot cross baby powder. An alternative to baby powder is coffee. Just spread the granules around places where ants enter the house and you provide an effective barrier. This is one time where it’s okay to use the generic brand of coffee!
Another solution to how to get rid of ants naturally involves the oldie but goodie Cream of Wheat. Spread some uncooked Cream of Wheat cereal around. The ants take the cereal back to the nest and share it with the other ants. The Cream of Wheat mixes with their internal body fluids and they explode – literally!
Here’s a recipe to deal with the ant nest itself. Mix 3 tbsp. of bacon grease and 5 tbsp. of cornmeal into a paste. Add 3 tbsp. of baking powder and 3 packages of yeast to the paste. Dab the mix on jar lids and place them near the ant nest. This is a natural poison for the ants.
To learn more about how to get rid of ants naturally go to the How Do I Get Rid of Ants website found at http://www.howdoigetridofants.com
This Weeks SOTG Recipe
In keeping with the early spring asparagus theme, here’s another recipe that combines two of my favorites – asparagus and eggs. Many thanks to a mother in Cincinnati for contributing this recipe for our subscribers.
6 large eggs
2 TB heavy whipping cream
1/2 ts salt
1/4 ts ground black pepper
1 TB olive oil
1 TB butter
12 oz asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1/2 inch dice
1 tomatoe, seeded and diced
3 oz diced fontina cheese
Whisk eggs, heavy cream, salt. and pepper in med bowl to blend, set aside. On the stove heat oil & butter in 9″ nonstick ovenproof skillet over medium heat, add asparagus and saute 2 minutes. Raise heat to med high and add tomato, pinch of salt and saute 2 minutes longer. Pour egg mixture over veggies and cook for a few minutes until eggs start to set. Sprinkle with diced cheese, reduce heat to medium low and cook until frittata is almost set but top is still runny – about 2 min. Place skillet under the broiler until top is set and golden brown – about 5 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes and use a rubber spatula to loosen frittata from skillet.