Yesterday I discovered about 100 unwanted houseguests in my living room, all trying to get a taste of the traces of peanut butter left behind in my dog’s Kong toy. What kind of uncouth intruders would do such a thing in such alarming numbers? Ants. Blech.
While I am not crazy about them in my home, I will say there are some facts about ants that I find interesting, if not downright impressive.
I catch and release all pests/insects in my home – including mice, centipedes (you gotta be quick to get these guys!), and even ants. Yesterday, using a piece of paper, I picked up the ants in my living room and put them in a cardboard box. A jar would have been preferable, but I scooped them up quickly before they had time to escape the box. I then carried them outside, releasing them in my driveway, far from where they were entering the house. When I came back inside, I sprinkled cinnamon in a line near their entrance. Stragglers dared not to cross the line, leaving the house immediately upon entering.
The next step will be scrubbing the area with vinegar to erase any scent trails they have left behind. And as long as the cinnamon is guarding the entrance, I doubt I’ll see another unwanted guest any time soon.
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