Ants Indicate Spring Has Sprung

One of the things prevalent throughout the mountain communities is the tendency to predict the weather or severity of it from a variety of different sources–mainly nature.

Now you might dismiss some of these but one of the early signals concerning the arrival of spring (at least for me) is the appearance of insects and a few other things.

The birds have been having some big parties at my feeders and they are much noisier than they have been in a while but the ants have suddenly appeared in their quest for food.

*Sigh*

Sometimes living with nature is a pain.

How do you control ants?

I personally don’t like to use toxic substances and the following are supposed to be good strategies….I use a vinegar, baking soda, grapefruit seed extract spray.

Baby Powder or Talcum Powder
Dust the ants and the trail with this and it is supposed to keep them from coming back.

Vinegar
Vinegar is a common aid used to destroy ant trails. It works best if you can get it close to the source. You can use it full strength or you can dilute it 50/50 with water.

Cinnamon
Cinnamon can also be found in garden insect control trials and products. It can be used as a barrier to stop ants coming indoors so sprinkle it around the areas where they come into the house.

Black Pepper
Black pepper is used in a manner similar to cinnamon. Sprinkle it around the entry areas to keep ants out.

Bay Leaves
Bay Leaves for ant control has been recommended for ages. Place leaves on the counter, in drawers, food shelves, and anywhere ants congregate.

So, what signs do you attribute to the changing of the season?

Do you have any ant control tips?



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