Don’t know about you, but we’ve been inundated by sugar ants this year. I called our resident ant expert, honors horticulture major Joe O’Neill, for advice. In particular, I wanted to know if there’s a kinder, gentler way to persuade the ants to relocate outdoors.
“This year, a lot of people have ants – the rainy weather forced them to move inside,” Joe said when I reached him. To get rid of them you have to bait and spray. “In the clash of nature and man, sometimes there’re casualties,” he added.
Joe’s recommendations for ant-free living:
1. Clean your house well, especially the kitchen. Don’t leave food out on the counters!
2. If you compost, keep it outside.
3. The small, coin-sized traps loaded with ant poison work well. Ants gnosh a bit of it and take it back to their colony. Over time, you’ll see less of them.
For the more adventurous, you can follow Joe’s lead and keep chickens; they consider ants a tasty snack.