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Comment by Idaho Spud on August 2, 2016 at 6:16am

Have any of you tried this for an ant problem?  I tried it once this year, and it seemed to work.  I didn't use water because I forgot that part.

Patricia 4/15/15
The World’s Best Ant Killer
1 empty water bottle
(Cut it down to about 2″ tall)
5 Tbsp of baking soda
5 Tbsp of powdered sugar
3 Tbsp of water.
Take a small amount of powdered sugar & mix it with an equal amount of baking soda, then add the water. Powdered sugar (sometimes known as icing sugar) is essential. Do NOT substitute granulated sugar for this or it will NOT work.
Mix the two powders together and then place small amounts against the walls or other areas where you would not normally walk but where you would normally see the ants.
The ants will be attracted to the sugar and will eat some of it and collect more to take home to feed others, so all of them will get their share.
The sugar and baking soda powders are similar in size and, once mixed together, the ants cannot separate the two items, so, as they eat the sugar, they will also ingest the baking soda, which they would otherwise never touch. This is the reason for using powdered sugar.
Once the ants eat the baking soda it will react with the formic acid in their stomachs and cause gas. The bodies of ants are unlike humans and they cannot eliminate gas so it will build up inside and eliminate them.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 1, 2016 at 11:37pm

Kathy, I agree. With your rain vinegar would be washed off and diluted. We have had cool weather and many showers this summer. I surely would like to send some of it to Spud. 

Comment by kathy: ky on August 1, 2016 at 9:40pm
I use vinegar to kill weeds and ants. But it's been so wet , hot and humid that the weeds are growing faster than I can pull them. This is the first time (that I remember) that the weeds have completely taken over the flower beds. Climate change is here and has been for several decades.
Comment by Idaho Spud on August 1, 2016 at 5:29pm

Ya.  Those nasty cheat grass seeds love to hide & wait!

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 1, 2016 at 5:27pm

Thanks Joan.  The article on different corn types is very interesting, and should make it easier to find the kind I like.

How did I get so old so fast?  Good question.  I ask it all the time.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 1, 2016 at 5:15pm

I ran across an article on sweet corn and I don't remember on which wall to post it, so here it is:

Sweet Corn Types – What’s the difference?

Abbreviations in the product descriptions: (su), (se), (se+), (syn), (sh2), & (SSW).


10 Golden Rules for Growing Super Sweet Corn

My goodness, I didn't learn all this in Aggie School in 1955-56.

Jeeze! that was 50 years ago. How did I get so old so fast? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 1, 2016 at 5:03pm

Spud, you are right, I called it "sheet" grass. Now we know its name and reasons to get rid of it. I wonder if my vinegar will do the trick, just plain old apple cider vinegar. I remember it as impossible to get out of my socks before laundry because the prickly seeds would get loose from the socks and get in my clothes, hiding and waiting to cause me pain and embarrassment when it got into my underclothes.   

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 1, 2016 at 3:56pm

Yes Joan, I just found out how harmful foxtail can be for dogs.  When I was posting about the subject, I forgot what it was called, so I started using Google to find-out.  I read several posts about what they could do to dogs, including your first link .  Horrible!  I had to stop looking at the pictures.

Your second link had alternate names for foxtail and it had one name that I remember from my youth.   We called it Cheat Grass.  For the longest time I thought it was called Cheap Grass. :)

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 1, 2016 at 3:13pm

Randy and Spud, I have neglected my garden for three years, and it is a jungle, beautiful, full of surprises, little room for weeds and what do grow are giants. I have no intention of doing any gardening while it is so hot and I am so old. I used to get up at first light and weed my garden. Today I slept until 10 AM. Retirement is so much fun! Getting old has some advantages!

Kathy,  rain, "4.5" in 45 minutes". This must qualify for Noah's Ark. Ken Ham built his in the wrong place. 

Daniel, the Coast, at least where I gardened in Seattle while Don attended dental school, and at Madigan General Hospital near Tacoma, I had gardens with the biggest, slimiest, voracious slugs I have ever seen. There was no comparison in my gardens in Alaska, Washington, DC, West Texas or central Texas. The huge problems in Alaska and WA DC were mosquitoes. The option of dealing with the spraying guy using Roundup up cigarettes sounds like it might work. I like your idea of living mulch.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 1, 2016 at 2:47pm

Spud, those are nasty seeds. Terrible for animals. 

Foxtail grass can kill your dog

Watch out for killer Foxtail Grass


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