Sunday, August 24, 2008


I read this article, part of "Heloise to the rescue" on Good Housekeeping magazine and thought that I should share it with you. If you have ants problem in your pantry, here are some steps that are needed to be done:
  • Clean out the pantry, toss any open containers the bugs have found their way into.
  • Sponge the shelves with white vinegar, to wipe away the scent trail the bugs leave for their buddies, and transfer any salvaged dry goods into air tight glass jars or heavy duty sealable plastic bags.
  • Prepare deterrent: cotton pads dabbed in peppermint or spearmint essential oil and stuffed into shelf corners.
  • If that doesn't work, mix one tablespoon of boric acid powder with 1/4 cup of sugar - similar to the mix used in commercial ant baits - and place it around the pantry in small lidded jars with holes punched in the tops. The ants nibble the grains and take some back to the nest; if the queen eats the mixture it can wipe out the colony. But beware: The powder is toxic if ingested, so keep it out of reach of kids or pets.
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