When I read the Science study in Emma G's book, I almost had to laugh. Put down syrup and see if it attracts ants? If so much as a crumb of bread falls on my floor and I don't catch it, you can be sure by morning, there's a trail of ants that found it.
I only do dishes once a day, 1. because I have to wash them by hand in my single basin sink, and 2. because I don't have hot water running through the tap. Thus, I have to heat the water first, wash them all, and then rinse them. I don't mind the extra step, but because it all takes time, I've vowed to only do them once a day, so I'm not washing dishes all the time. Why am I telling you all this? Oh, yes, the ants. As much as I rinse the dishes before putting them in the sink, the ants still mange to find some kind of food and leave a trail.
It.drives.me.crazy, and I've literally declared war on these socialites. I've learned the hard way that peanut butter has to go on top of the fridge, and pretty much all food has to be in ziplocs (with no holes). But the occasional crumbs on the floor and the kitchen sink area? Well, no solution has been found. (Maybe washing my dishes more often would help, but I HATE washing dishes by hand, so I'm looking for alternatives.) Doom works great but honestly the chemical smell isn't ideal. I read something about trying vinegar. Doesn't work on African ants. Anyone know of any natural solutions??
Back to the home schooling...with enough ants in the house, we decided to try our experiment outside. Emma G dipped a spoon in honey and went back and checked it every so often. I was crossing my fingers that it would draw them out of my house and outside. Our findings were quite humorous. No trail of ants. ALL of them were just gathered around drinking the honey. I
So, any natural solutions to help me in declaring war on these ants would be most appreciated. My family thinks I seriously need to let it go. I seriously think these ants need to find another home!