Action against ants
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