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Ants [Jun. 15th, 2018|10:33 am]
Tony Grist

How did they know that a cupboard halfway up the wall is where we keep the honey, jam and sugar?

They can smell it, I suppose.

But from outside the house?

Evidently. Or perhaps they sent their scouts in to do a general reconnaissance and they found it after taking a good look at everything.

Ants are awesome. 

Ailz says we should wipe the shelves down with peppermint oil because they hate the smell- so that's what I've done.

[User Picture]From: davesmusictank
2018-06-15 11:25 am (UTC)
Scouting party i guess -
"Hey lads,i found the honey".
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-06-15 12:35 pm (UTC)
Clever little beasts!
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[User Picture]From: setsuled
2018-06-15 12:16 pm (UTC)
I've had good luck with cloves. I put two cloves in front of a little crack where I saw them coming in a couple years ago and haven't had ants in my kitchen since.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-06-15 12:39 pm (UTC)
I'll bear that in mind.

I'm not fond of cloves either. I had a bad experience with one when I was a child.
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[User Picture]From: lblanchard
2018-06-15 12:50 pm (UTC)
I soak cotton balls in a solution of sugar and borax and put them at the entrances. Ants swarm it, take the tainted liquid back to the nest, and kill off a mess of the little buggers.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-06-15 03:00 pm (UTC)
There's a thought.
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[User Picture]From: faunhaert
2018-06-15 03:36 pm (UTC)
my first defense is ground cinnamon.
I put it across the doorways

think i'll do borax and peppermint
at dad's he lives on the stuff

he's got an army of mice in the cupboards
don't want to poison them
the cat would not know not to eat them.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-06-15 07:08 pm (UTC)
Cinnamon, eh? I guess that's another strong flavour they can't be doing with.
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[User Picture]From: faunhaert
2018-06-16 12:37 am (UTC)
its the powder that makes it hard to breath
breaking the scent trail is important too,

ground corn when brought back to the nest will expand and bloat killing those that eat it
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2018-06-16 12:10 am (UTC)
almost any strong smelling essential oil will work, I used spearmint oil at Dad's and it helped drive them away.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-06-17 07:57 am (UTC)
Sensitive little beasts, ain't they!
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