HERB - Re: herbalist V1 #515

Katherine Blackthorne kblackthorne at hotmail.com
Fri Sep 1 12:52:06 PDT 2000

I hate ants.  As a girl, I watched the small, black ants infesting a house & 
yard gradually turn aggressive...due, I am convinced, to "selective 
breeding" that resulted from the heavy use of pesticides to combat them!

Ants navigate by scent.  If you lay down a line of strong-smelling herb (I 
prefer black pepper, as the smell doesn't fade as quickly as -- say -- 
powdered cloves), they can not cross it.  (Their little neurons can't figure 
out HOW.)  So *if* you know where the ants are coming in, you can 
effectively put up a barriar.  (I have often had a line of black pepper 
sprinkled accross my threshold and in my window sills.  Tape can be used to 
hold it to vertical surfaces, like up the sides of a doorway or around an 
electrical outlet.)  And it is not poisonous to humans or pets.  (Or ants 
for that matter...)
--Katherine B.

----Original Message Follows----
From: Jan Ward <hawksbluff at yahoo.com>
Reply-To: herbalist at ansteorra.org
To: herbalist at ansteorra.org
Subject: HERB - Re: herbalist V1 #515
Date: Fri, 1 Sep 2000 10:15:44 -0700 (PDT)

Will sugar and borax work on ants the same as
cockroaches? I'd like to try something besides toxic
sprays to discourage a major crop of ants. They invade
the pet feeders, tho they haven't come inside yet.
They are small black ants, and maybe they wouldn't
even be interested in sugar, since they find the dog
and cat food so enticing.

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