I have had ants in my bathroom all winter. Not hundreds, just enough to be real pests. I don't want to kill them, but don't know how to get them to go away. I've tried relocating a couple of spiders from other parts of my home to deter them. There is no food, standing water, or drinks. We clean up every drop of water. There is no way for them to sustain life. I was hoping this would do the trick. Does anyone know a humane way of detering them?
I heard somewhere that mulch in beds outside windows encourages bug nests of all kinds, and then of course they find the little cracks in the windowsill and walk on in. I've heard replacing a foot's width of the mulch against the house with pea gravel instead will deter them.
We have ants in our kitchen sometimes, especially during summer when they come in for the water. We'd find them in the morning, not a nice way to start the day! So, every night in summer before we go to bed, I spray a fine mist of diluted essential oil of Peppermint in water, and it seems to repell them. And it makes your kitchen smell yummy too!
In Bermuda the ants are horrendous and I have found nothing that helps. The only bonus is that if one of my animals throws up and I don't see it the ants clear it up. I lose about 80% of my garden produce to ants. I have asked them to move next door but they don't listen, tried all the deterents I can find suggested on the internet and they are still here in the millions, especially after rain. 6 inch wide trails after a bad rain storm. I wish they'd leave :-)
I found today this info about Ants. Shows there is so much we dont know about so much other creatures :) Does what you read sound familiar? ;)
Ants stretch and yawn when they wake up.
Famous entomologist (insect scientist) Derek Wragge Morley noted a lot of unusual behavior in ants. For instance, when they wake up they stretch out all 6 of their legs and then open their mandibles as if they are yawning.
Ants also have different personalities. Ants in the same species and colony can exhibit the characteristics of stupidity and laziness, or they can be smart and hardworking. If the hard workers are removed from a colony, the entire colony will suffer.
You know how ants from different colonies always fight each other? If you take young ants from hostile colonies and make them live together, they actually cooperate and don't fight.
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