I wrote yesterday about poor Sebastian and his ant lollipop. We've gone through several cycles of ant problems here. Thankfully right now we are not in ant-crisis mode. But we live with ants. I think that part of it is that everything is so open here. There are no screens on the windows, no air conditioning, no heating, so we rely a lot on outside temperature and "natural" ventilation. So we get the pleasure of living with the little critters who were here waaayyy before us. I think that the other problem is that our neighbors have probably all had the exterminator come and visit. We opted to not pay nor expose our children to all sorts of toxic things. And as a result, we have ants. If we leave anything in the sink without rinsing, the ants find it. For some reason, they especially like to come out of the electrical outlet by the sink. Why is there an out let by the sink? There are some question here that we just don't ask.
If you leave any kind of candy "out," the ants will attack. This means if you leave a Bis bar on the fridge, the ants will get it. It's not shrink wrapped, sealed and in a plastic bag, so it's fair game to them. We have all our crackers, bread, cookies, pasta, sugar, oats in ziploc bags. My husband makes fun of me, but we live out of ziploc bags. We bought cereal and kept in the box for a few days, and the ants got it. I put the candy for Sebastian's birthday piñata in the refrigerator so the ants wouldn't get it. I even have ants that crawl on my laptop. Someone likes to snack in the bedroom/my workspace, and as a result, ants.
So, besides ziploc bags, what's a person to do? The hubby likes to wipe things down in bleach, but I'm notorious for making holes and spots in clothing, so this option isn't the best. My mom suggested vinegar, and I've found that it helps. Things that disrupt their ability to smell, and clean up their scent trails are good, and vinegar is a decent, non-toxic option. Our empregada swears by cloves, and I have to say that it helps! You put cloves around the areas that the ants frequent. They don't like the smell, so eventually the go away. Unfortunately they just go somewhere else, but they do avoid the areas with the cloves.
Anyone else have non-toxic suggestions for dealing with ants?
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