Thursday, May 31, 2007

A list of baking ingredients currently spread over my laundry room floor

Across my kitchen doorway and the entrance to the storage room: cayenne pepper and cinnamon.*

Inside the storage room: a mixture of icing sugar and baking soda.

The method to my madness: the pepper and cinnamon are to keep the ants in the storage room (they're coming from the storage room, somehow) and out of my kitchen and laundry room. And baking soda is apparently lethal to ants, but they need to be attracted to it with icing sugar.

I'll tell you if it works. I might not tell you if I end up resorting to filling my home with toxic chemicals again.

* First I tried the pepper, and the ants were walking through it too easily. Then I tried cinnamon. Conclusion: cinnamon works better than cayenne pepper. The occasional ant still got through the cinnamon, but very few even tried. Other conclusion: try not to get cinnamon and cayenne pepper into a cut in your finger.

1 comment:

Andrea said...

Rice also works well. They eat a grain, and it swells inside their stomachs, cause them to explode. Gruesome, I know, but effective. Peppermint oil is also an affective deterrent. As to how to solve the ant hill problem itself, the best thing s to pour boiling water on it. It kills everything inside.

If you need any ideas, I've got a number of lovely books here about how to kill insects using natural ingredients. Just let me know. :)