Getting rid of ants seems to be a very popular topic on The Boat Galley, and methods that don’t involve toxic chemicals are always in demand. With a 7-pound dog, I always worry about toxic solutions — Paz is so small that it wouldn’t take much to kill her along with the ants.
Earlier this spring, I got an email from George, who had just recently discovered TBG. He had grown up on a farm, where they battled ants and mice, but also had pets and kids running around. Here’s his non-toxic way to get rid of ants . . . well, it’s non-toxic unless you’re an ant:
*You can use a thick piece of paper or cut a 1″ square of plastic from something in the trash, or even use a bottle cap.
Since we get ants coming in the house every spring, I had the opportunity to test this out. At the first sign of ants, I put the mixture out. I never saw ants around it or eating it, but by the next morning I didn’t see any ants, period. Normally when we get ants, we have them for a week or longer, and it takes using Terra Bait for that entire time to eradicate them.
So, was it the yeast bait? Did it really kill them? I can’t say for certain. I haven’t had any more ants around to try it on (I think that’s a good thing overall, but not so good for testing).
But yes, if I see ants again, this is what I’ll use. I love the fact that I don’t have to worry about Paz or any of the neighborhood kids getting into it, or even bumping one of the bait stations with a plate. I always hate having anything toxic in food prep areas, and don’t have to worry about yeast and sugar.
A final thought — I know that some ants are attracted to sugar and some to protein, and bait with just sugar might not interest protein-loving ants. You could add some powdered coffee creamer or peanut butter if the ants don’t seem to be attracted to just the sugar.