Ac­tion against ants

Country Smallholding - - It's time to get Growing -

Given the role they play in pest con­trol and seed dis­tri­bu­tion, I have never viewed ants as pests and al­ways ig­nored their pres­ence un­less they be­came over­ac­tive in food prepa­ra­tion ar­eas.This year, how­ever, they de­cided to set up camp in the sand un­der­ly­ing my heated prop­a­ga­tion bed spread­ing the sand ev­ery­where and even dis­turb­ing the ca­bles. Ac­tion was re­quired.

Pow­ders are too in­dis­crim­i­nate, not or­gan­i­cally ap­proved, dif­fi­cult to ac­cu­rately ap­ply, and usu­ally en­tail a shop­ping trip. For 240 volts rea­sons, ket­tles of boil­ing wa­ter were also deemed un­wise. So, out came the 20-year-old packet of bo­rax from un­der the kitchen sink and a tea­spoon of this was mixed with an equal amount of su­gar and cou­ple of drops of wa­ter on a plas­tic lid.

Once it is dis­cov­ered, the mes­sage will be sent out and more ants will ar­rive to be­gin de­vour­ing the sug­ary gloop. Usu­ally within 24 hours the ant ac­tiv­ity will be re­duced and fi­nally cease. Re­move and dis­pose of the bait en­sur­ing it does not come into con­tact with peo­ple or food­stuffs.

The cul­prit... and, be­low, the so­lu­tion

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