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 Post subject: Ant Invasion!
PostPosted: Wed Apr 16, 2014 10:56 am 
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We keep our home fairly tidy, but along with everyone else in Portland it seems, we have an ant issue. I have read online about various natural methods for dealing with ants, but we haven't had a lot of success with them. It's my hope that we can discourage the ants rather than killing them. We clean our kitchen with vinegar, and my husband has started sprinkling diatomaceous earth where he can see them coming into the house (I know the DE does kill them, but at least it doesn't poison their nest or our harm our cats, etc). Any good ideas on getting rid of ants without resorting to poison bait or other equally harsh measures?


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 Post subject: Re: Ant Invasion!
PostPosted: Wed Apr 16, 2014 11:02 am 
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I use cinnamon. Just sprinkle it wherever you are having troubles. They don't like it. And, it's cinnamon, so it smells good and is safe to have all up in your kitchen.

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 Post subject: Re: Ant Invasion!
PostPosted: Wed Apr 16, 2014 11:07 am 
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i think my ants are fancy - they liked the Saigon cinnamon i sprinkled in the cracks by the door....

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 Post subject: Re: Ant Invasion!
PostPosted: Wed Apr 16, 2014 11:11 am 
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Thank you! Cinnamon sounds like a pleasant, fragrant remedy :) Do either of you know if you can use stick cinnamon, or does ground work better?


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 Post subject: Re: Ant Invasion!
PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2014 10:26 am 
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I used some ground cinnamon, and the ants are a lot better today. I only found a few of them, instead of a whole mess of 'em! Anyway, thank you for the suggestions!


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 Post subject: Re: Ant Invasion!
PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2014 10:56 am 
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They don't like cayenne either, I used a mix of that with powdered cinnamon in a thick line across their main entry point, plus a spray bottle of vinegar on the step outside to destroy the trail so they weren't following others inside, seemed to work pretty well.

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 Post subject: Re: Ant Invasion!
PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2014 6:12 pm 
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Thanks dropscone! The cinnamon seems to be helping a lot, but there are still a few stragglers. Maybe adding the power of cayenne will help :) Heck, it's cool being able to use spices to solve household problems.


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 Post subject: Re: Ant Invasion!
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Peppermint oil also helps. They hate stuff. So do spiders which is good because I am severely arachnidphobic.


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 Post subject: Re: Ant Invasion!
PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2014 1:03 pm 
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We have spiders too, but at least they're easier to rescue and move outside. Well, the ones that aren't crazy fast are. My husband has some trouble catching them sometimes! I have some peppermint extract. Dumb question, are the oil and extract the same thing? Thanks!


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 Post subject: Re: Ant Invasion!
PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2014 1:11 pm 
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Thanks for the tip, i'll use this remedy when i see ants :)


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 Post subject: Re: Ant Invasion!
PostPosted: Sat Apr 19, 2014 1:40 am 
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Kal wrote:
Peppermint oil also helps. They hate stuff. So do spiders which is good because I am severely arachnidphobic.


Peppermint oil is toxic to cats, so if you have a cat, I'd avoid it.

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 Post subject: Re: Ant Invasion!
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lepelaar wrote:
Kal wrote:
Peppermint oil also helps. They hate stuff. So do spiders which is good because I am severely arachnidphobic.


Peppermint oil is toxic to cats, so if you have a cat, I'd avoid it.


Eek! Thanks for the tip! We have two curious kitties, so I'll avoid using peppermint.


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 Post subject: Re: Ant Invasion!
PostPosted: Sat Apr 19, 2014 4:23 pm 
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I usually use diversion tactics; place something super sugary and delicious, like cinnamon roll leftovers, in a bucket, so that all of them are drawn to it, then take the bucket outside. And try your best to get rid of the trail to the house once they're out.

I've never succeeded at destroying trails, though. When ants invaded one of my hummingbird feeders, I tried all the remedies I could, but the invasion was invincible. In the end just took that one down and let the ants have their way, and bought the hummingbirds a new one.

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 Post subject: Re: Ant Invasion!
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Happivore wrote:
cinnamon roll leftovers


What are these? I've never heard of this food before. Are you sure it exists?

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 Post subject: Re: Ant Invasion!
PostPosted: Sun Apr 20, 2014 5:51 am 
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This isn't remotely helpful, but I keep thinking of this song every time I see the title of this thread.


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