Monday, May 26, 2008

Day 35 of our Green Year: Keeping Out Ants

Nearly every home from time to time has pests, and our home is one that will get ants. We have seen the scout ants coming in, looking for food and we know it is only a matter of time before more and more show up. Therefore, Layla and I are looking for ways to keep this from happening as we like a clean house and don't want ants inside of it.

However, this being Our Green Year, we have to find ways to fix the problem without resorting to anything that could be deemed harmful or cruel. Therefore, we can't use any poison, or anything that will kill the ants in a way that would be described as cruel (like the sticky 'never leave' ant motels).

Thankfully, we do know some ways to get rid of ants that will fit in with Our Green Year. They are:
  1. Coffee Grounds
  2. Lemon Juice
  3. Cucumbers
The coffee grounds and lemon juice we have mentioned as ways that you can get rid of pests like ants, but one of our readers, Tracy, was nice enough to mention cucumbers so we are going to give it a try.
What we will be doing, is putting these three items out in three ant hills in our yard, where we will then see how the ants like or dislike them, and whether or not they work at all. Later on, probably in a week or so, we will let you know the results so you too can use these natural solutions to a pesky pest problem like ants.