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 Post subject: ANNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNTSSSSS!!!
PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2005 2:12 pm 
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Awoke to cats frantically meowing and when I plodded out to see what was what I saw their food area moving on it's own... hmmmm... a closer inspection revealed...

:shock: ANNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNTS!!! :shock:

picture the tiger with sticky tape on all four paws frantically daubing ants...

STAKES!!! Get the Grant's Ant STAKES!!! so pawed with the stakes I go outside to place them around the perimeter of our home...

More STAKES!!! We need MORE STAKES!!! NO MORE???!!! ACK!!! ohshit ohshit ohshit :roll:

Picture the tiger driving to the hardware store for more Grant's Stakes... damn ants... I told them when we moved in, you stay out here and we won't have any problems... did they listen? Nooooooooooo... and now it's WARRRRRRRR!!! :evil:

Get to hardware store and although they say with some confidence that Ace is the Place... they had only ONE box left... SNAG!!!

dayum... must be goin on all over the county... it's an ant uprising I'm tellin you... and then I saw it... :shock:

Big yellow can... Big Yellow Can that says SAFER Ant Killer... Kills in seconds... Natural Plant Extract... Nature's Neuro-toxin for ants... keeps killin for four weeks...

Hmmm, said I, Safer? Natural? Long Lasting? Picked up can and read label... hmmmm, no pesticides... active ingredient is MINT OIL! This product is right up the tiger's alley...

So I bought it too and I have to say... it works RIGHT NOW and it does leave a pleasant minty fragrance... A strong minty fragrance at that, but not so much as to adversely affect the cats...

so my friends...

My emergency is now under control and I have yet another product plug...

SAFER Ant Killer

If you have a problem with ants... give it a try... I think you'll like it... and they won't...

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i use ortho perimter control....comes in a gallon container. it WILL eliminate ants, (all kinds) as well as any other insect you might have around the house...and out of it.

i spray twice a year the outside perimter and the inside perimter walls.

very pleased with it.


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but the mint oil is only toxic to them... not to pets... not to kids... not to birds... just the insects...

and a further inspection just now, showed most of them have gone byebye... a straggler here, a straggler there, no freeways... waves

Good Chit... still smells minty...

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i'll have to check it out...thanks for the link!!


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I grow mint in my herb garden, and when I have ants, I put down a few sprigs of the mint, and pretty soon the ants are gone. Of course, I've never been infested with them like you're describing, Stripey, but the mint oil and/or natural mint are all good things to use.

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Yes, not a bad idea to have a few mint plants around the house. Keep them near the house, the seeds are prickly and not pleasant if you get them on you. Plants are self seeding.

Lots of 'companion planting' tricks I learned way back when organic gardening started to be a 'thing'. The only chemicals I use are poison ivy spray and that is used sparingly.


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there's alot of wild peppermint growing across the street in the woods...or at least it smells like it...is that the same?


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Spikes of green? Little purple flowers? Check if it has seeds that are very uncomfortable in your hand when they set--they are not in seed yet.

If the answers are yes, then--yup, it is the mint that will keep ants away from any area where it is planted.

Also good to plant garlic here and there. It keeps your plants healthy.

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A thorough inspection outside reveals nary a single one near the perimeter of our home... I was willing to coexist in peace as long as they remained outside...

we have pennyroyal plants to go into the ground but... it doesn't like sun, so we are kind of limited in where we can plant it... but once it's in, it will spread of it's own accord as long as it''s not sunny...

Yes, Jesse, I purrfurr the natural way to the chemical methods...

and obtw... for any of you who may have had trouble visualizing a tiger driving to the hardware store...

click on this:

VROOOOM!!!

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mga, the mint is setting seeds now. They are still green, they have to ripen yet. Seeds are on the top 1/3 of the stalk at the base of each leaf. The knobby look they have now will turn into spikes when they are ripe.

Be careful when you are taking them--wear leather gloves if you have them.

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