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The Ants go Marching Two by Two...
Sunday, January 17, 2010 | By amseibel

Sugar ants can be such pesky little buggers (pun intended).  It doesn't seem to matter how clean you keep the house, they always find their way in.  In fact, I used to get them in February in the upstairs bathroom!  I'm still not sure how they got there or where they came from.

By spring and summer they would be everywhere.  After picking up bug spray at the local recycling center (for free) and finding that it only worked temporarily, I actually (yikes!)purchased some and tried it.  Same results.  They went away for a few days and then returned.  Even spraying outside didn't help.  They always came back.  My neighbors had resorted to expensive exterminators, but since they had to come back every month or so, it probably wasn't working much better.

Then one day at work, I was complaining to my co-worker Tony about the ants.  "Well", he said, "You aren't using the right stuff.  There is an easy way to get rid of them cheap."

He proceeded to tell me about the Borax method.  One mixes borax with something sweet (jelly, syrup, honey) and put it outside where the ants are.  They take it back to all their friends (and the queen) and they have a really enjoyable last meal together.

I "googled" it and sure enough, it was all over the Internet.  That very day, I made a stop at the supermarket across the street and picked up a box of 20 Mule Team Borax.

I went home, mixed one part borax with two parts honey, mixed in a few drops of water and headed outside.  Everywhere I saw the ants marching along, I put a few drops.  I went around the whole yard but really didn't use more than a couple of tablespoons.

Then I waited.  By the next day, the ants were GONE.  There WERE a few left outside, stumbling rather than marching along.  So I gave them another treat.

By the weekend, my yard (and house) were completely clear of ants.  All last summer, they didn't come back.

Now Joe & Vanessa had a major ant problem in their front yard.  In fact, there were so many sugar ants that they had killed a small tree.  Their extermination methods (rather like mine) had not worked.  So I offered to come over and see if I could get rid of the ants.

I mixed up a new batch and we went over and I put it around the yard.  I didn't put any in the back yard since their dogs were out and I didn't want them getting into the borax.

A few days later we went back.  The ants were gone.  I gave Joe some borax so he could treat the back yard.  The ants haven't come back.

This is how I see it.  Commercial products and exterminators aren't going to actually get rid of the ants.  If they did, then they would be out of work...

For around $3 I got rid of the ants.  I still have plenty of borax left in case a new colony moves in this spring.  I guess I'll wait and see what happens in February...

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Post hole diggers, Snake deterent?
Tuesday, June 30, 2009 | By jantoo1

Life is interesting on a farm. Ya never now from one day to the next what you will see or hear or find.. Such as:  One morning I got up, put on the coffee and grabbed my housecoat,   and headed out to feed and water the critters and let loose those that free range in the daytime. Sooo, there I am in my nightie and housecoat and of course my bunnie slippers. And as I get a bit closer to the poultry house, I hear all kinds of commotions going on in the peafowl pen. Which is right next to the Chicken house.

And, just as I reach the chicken house door, a snake comes flying, Yes flying,  flying OUT, of the Peafowl pen, right between me, the chickens, and the only way out in a smallish fenced in area and the only thing in there, was me, that snake, and a pair of post hole diggers... And he was NOT happy.. He was quite ticked off to be honest. The peafowl had just whooped him and flung him out. They were screaming and screeching, chickens were leaping and cackling, pygmies were running all over the place screeching Baaaaaa baaaaa and head butting each other,  and the geese were honking and hissing and totally freaked out,  and oh gosh it was just chaos. Needless to say, my sleepy self I woke up VERY quick. I was not at all expecting a flying snake, let alone a snake biting and snapping and flinging itself at me.. I snatched them post hole diggers up and before I stopped, I was out of breath, the snake was in about five peices.. And so, to top things off,  I turned around panting and gasping, one bunny slipper off, housecoat askew, all the other critters were JUST frozen, staring at me, like I`m a crazy post hole digger hacking a snake up old lady they have never even met before, but,  just  to see all three of the dogs lined up like they are at the movies taking it all in and wanting some pop corn.. So I asks ya, Where is a good dog when ya need one? Right there. They have your back.. AND,  They can`t wait to get inside and tell the cat..{;-)

 

Peace and blessings....

  

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Need some help getting rid of those pesky ants?
Thursday, March 27, 2008 | By heart4horses

I have some solutions that don't include posions, its all natural. Need some help? post!

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skunk smell
Thursday, February 14, 2008 | By shebam

How do you remove skunk smell from your house and car?  A skunk sprayed in our garage last night and we can still smell it.

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Best cheap, almost organic, Mosquito Repellent!!!
Sunday, September 10, 2006 | By lyndagayle62

I finally found a use for the large bottle of leftover smelly, burning old Listerine Mouthwash.  It REALLY WORKS against TX mosquitos, and IMMEDIATELY to repel mosquitoes in the garden/lawn, AND a $1.00 generic is available at Dollar General store. Use it like liquid body lotion and RELAX., enjoying the outdoors once again like you should be able to do!!!   ~.~

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