Friday, 7 November 2014

1000 Flowers for the Planet - #346 Make Your Own Ant Rid

1000 Flowers for the Planet - #346 Make Your Own Ant Rid

Ants work as a team, going out looking for food and leaving scent trails so the others can come and harvest the hoards of food they find. This creates the long line of ants you sometimes find in the kitchen – perhaps you left the honey out! The key to getting rid of the ants is to break the line so they don’t know where to go and they’ll head off somewhere else more appropriate. There are lots of different methods and an Internet search will reveal one that works for you. Personally I always find lemon juice works very well indoors when squeezed around the edge of the sink and/or bench where they are marching. On the footpath you can draw with chalk across their line to break the scent trail.
Methods using natural products are far friendlier towards the ants that can simply go searching elsewhere and no longer bother you. There’s no need to kill them all. Making your own natural ant rid also avoids the use of chemicals, which we don’t need to put around our kitchens or outside on the paths where it gets washed into the soil.

1 comment:

Susan Rowland said...

Have wondered about dog-safe ant deterrents - something as simple as lemon juice or chalk, that's amazing. Thanks Marg.