[Sca-cooks] ants

Heleen Greenwald heleen at ptd.net
Thu Oct 25 12:05:03 PDT 2007

Thanks for the suggestion Urtatim! I have to find the trail first.  
There are never many ants, just a  few circling on the counter or  
wall. We've never had ants before and I am wondering if the unusually  
warm weather for PA in October has confused the little buggers! LOL!

As for throwing foodstuffs away.....  I have had the same 3 cups of  
flour, dried beans, kasha in Tupperware containers for the last 3  
years. We are getting ready to paint the inside of the house and so,  
psychologically at least, I need to start out fresh. (So I only feel  
a little bit wicked for thowing food out.)

I'll get some  cinnamon oil the next time I am at the health food  
store. I had read about cinnamon oil before. I'll let you know how it  
Many thanks.
"My furs are not in storage, or draped across the bed,
they're hanging from the cage door, waiting to be fed."

On Oct 25, 2007, at 2:43 PM, Lilinah wrote:

> First, Phillipa, i think you don't need to throw everything away!
> Unless there are actually nests of ants in them, the food should be
> fine (my mom had a large potted plant in her kitchen and it turned
> out that ants were nesting in it...)
> Next, i've never found bleach or ammonia to help when i've had ants.
> Maybe ants are different in different parts of the US. I live in
> Northern California
> I have found that cinnamon oil (from the health food store) works to
> dissuade ants. Using a Q-tip i rub the oil over their trail. Then i
> find where they're coming in and stick a Q-tip or a bit of cotton
> soaked in cinnamon oil into the opening.
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> Urtatim (that's err-tah-TEEM)
> the persona formerly known as Anahita
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