Ants? . . . ANTS!!!
I may be a weird one, but I hate killing anything... including even ants. So, when I noticed a couple of ants in my kitchen the other day, I didn't think much of them. I just flicked them outside, cleaned up everything from dinner, and went to bed thinking all was well..
I woke to the lovely sight of hundreds and, then the next day thousands of the little buggers searching my home over for any crumbs, dead bugs, or anything else they could eat - including my house plants! 😒
Them getting into my house plants was the last straw and I've been waging war with them since then. 💣️
I've been using about 40% borax + 60% sugar, mixed with enough water to make it into a paste/syrup. I put this paste on the top of mason jar lids and set them around where I see the streams of ants originating from. They love the bait and I hope at least a few are taking some back to share with their queen..
When the war began, I did a deep clean of everything with a 50/50 vinegar and water solution. I have also been wiping up masses of them with the vinegar solution as I see their lines form. I read this disrupts their pheromone trails and can make them move elsewhere. This and other baits sprinkled with borax have cut back their numbers a bit, but it's day 3 since this war began and I'd like to bring it to an end as quickly as possible.
The one catch is that I also have 2 cats and 2 dogs, so I'm limited with the natural things I can use just as much as I am limited on what commercial chemicals I could use too. Lemon and peppermint oils are both highly toxic to my kitties.. onions where a joke to the ants.. and though I haven't tried it yet this time, I haven't had great success with diatomaceous earth in the past.
Do you guys have any ideas or things you've used in the past to get rid of ants?