There is a phrase that gets used a lot in the B.B. household.
Oh, no. This is when you know there’s been an invasion of the colonized critters to our cozy abode. Hoards of them descend upon counter tops, floors, sinks, walls, furniture, SKIN (aaack!)… out of nowhere. They end up in places that don’t even make sense — the walls of the bathroom?! I’m sorry, there are no sweet treats to be found there. No ant feast of crumbs to be devoured and hauled back to feed your conniving queen, continuing to populate our bug-hating home.
Why, ants? Why must you plague us with your creepy selves and your incessant seeking of any trace of uncleanliness left behind? You make me feel like the worst homemaker ever. (You strike even when things appear spotless!)
Their ways are mysterious.
But one thing I do understand about the black little buggers is their love for sugar. We’ve tried conventional ant bait with only minimal success — and watched them march right on past the traps toward any remnants of sweet substance that may be left around the kitchen.
So I was not at all surprised to see the other day, a veritable swarm of them hovering around — and stuck inside — a glob of Karo syrup which had been leaked onto a table outside (from having made emergency baby sheep formula…we didn’t buy it for us!).
This gave me an idea.
Perhaps that nasty GMO corn syrup IS good for something, after all!
Natural pest control for ants
What if I mixed some of this tempting, terrible syrup, with something that would actually kill the darn things?
Hmm… I thought I remembered that boric acid was somewhat of a pest poison. We had some in the cabinet under the sink! The wheels started turning.
I just mixed in a small spoonful of boric acid with the karo syrup to make a somewhat thick paste, and spread it onto some lids and cut-up paper plates to put around the house.
I looked it up, and sure enough my ant-killing concoction is already a recommended tactic among Hippie-minded pest controllers in Google-land. My invention had already been invented. Happens to me all the time.
But! This made me even more confident that this would do the trick, and kick those awful ants out of the house for good — for now, at least. Corn syrup and poison — what a winning combination!
Now THAT’S a “Sweet Surprise”
It’s been only a couple days now since setting out my traps, and they really do seem to be working quite well. There is a definite decrease in their pesky population.
So, bye-bye, ants. You do not impress me with your super strength, your lifting of leaves much larger than your little, dumb heads. Your complex social systems do not fascinate me — you have a queen? Big deal. Off with her head! Bring her some sweet, sugary death in the form of my Syrup Surprise.
Mmm. Sweet, sweet revenge.
Have you ever tried out any natural pest control methods? How have they worked for you?