Friday, October 21, 2011

{the anti-ant alliance}

Not everything that is red is good. Fire ants, the little spot of red in our back garden, are most definitely not good. They've had there nasty little teeth (or whatever ants have -- pincers?) in my feet once too often this week.

Armed with a bottle of cheap vinegar, a hose pipe, and Justin's shoes (so as not to get my favourite red ones all anty), I set off in search of the Queen. And no, I wasn't going to offer her cucumber sandwiches.


Of course, no mission is complete without a band of trusty sidekicks. Bella, the scout, Tilly, the designated stamper (wearing thick protective wellies), and our mascot, one lucky Lego sheep, who may or may not have been lost in the grass along the way.  


Success? I don't know. We saw a lot of ants, gave them a good pickling with vinegar, and retreated to wait for the next battle. 

P.S. Wondering why vinegar? I read that vinegar confuses the ants' sense of who are their friends and who are their enemies, so they start to attack each other. Hopefully, they're wiping themselves out right this very second...

5 comments:

Naturally Carol said...

Thanks for the tip! I have green ants nesting in my draconia..they're nasty. I might just drizzle a bit on their nest and hope they fight themselves to death!

Tania said...

Yikes!

Something else red and not very good, is the bottom of a Redback Spider. Wonder how they feel about vinegar...

clare's craftroom said...

I had no idea about the vinegar , I clean the drains with it but now I get to confuse ants too , sounds good to me !

Kathryn said...

Best of luck with the anti-ant project, wishing you success! :) Btw, Tilly is looking so much bigger, she's totally morphed from baby to little girl!

Jadyn said...

Your companions in battle seems to have rather a good time! I hope the vinegar worked for you and I'll keep that tip in mind for future ant problems.