I don’t know about you, but I can’t stand seeing a parade of fire ants in the house. It’s gross to have a boatload of creepy crawlies wandering around inside. And so, there’s only one thing to do – get rid of ‘em.
My encounter with the biting buggers.
Living in Florida for over 30 years, I know about biting fire ants. However, in Florida, they are red, and these North Carolina ants are black. When I saw them, I figured they weren’t biters like the red ants. Afterward, I found out I was wrong.
This is what happened when I walked down the driveway to the mailbox.
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Anyway, I went to check the mail and, boy, was I surprised when I stepped on a big ant mound. I’m certain the neighbors got a kick out of the dance I did to get those suckers off me.
This is what fire ant welts look like. And, no these are not my feet.
I got rid of the swelling and itching with colloidal silver gel.
Now I know to give fire ants the attention they deserve.
So, when they made an appearance in my kitchen, this is what I did.
To begin with, I had to figure out how these pests got in the house.
Why did I have an ant problem in my kitchen? It’s clean and I never leave food out. Now there are biting ants crawling all over my kitchen window sill.
Could it be my own doing?
Occasionally, we all do goofy things. Well, when a bunch of peaches from my dwarf peach tree fell to the ground, I scooped them up and dumped the rotten peaches in the outside garbage can. When I went to take the can to the street for pickup, I saw the error of my ways. No doubt attracted by the peaches, there they were, a trillion black fire ants making their way up the wall towards my kitchen window. I now knew how the ants entered the house. My bad!
Ugh, ants in the kitchen…what to do?
The first thing I thought of was hairspray. Surely, that’ll ruin their day and they’ll skedaddle on out. Yeah, no.
At this point, I decided to reach under the kitchen sink and grab bottle of some funky, homemade solution (that I failed to label). Oh well, whatever it is, let’s give it a try.
To my amazement, this brew stopped the fire ants dead in their tracks. Like, mid-scatter. A few of the bigger ones fought a good fight but soon waved the white flag.
Here’s the mystery recipe to get rid of ants inside or outside the house:
- 4 cups white vinegar
- 2 tablespoons salt
- 1 good squirt of Dawn
Put everything in a spray bottle and give it a shake.
That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. Oh, if you’re wondering what the remedy is really for, it’s weed killer…works for that, too.
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