Ants and other things

Posted November 25th, 2008 under Around the house, Life, Puerto Rico by MicheleP.

There are a lot of things I like about living here – and a lot of things I don’t like haven’t gotten used to. There are things that I don’t understand…like why bananas cost more here than in Kansas, why they sell winter coats and boots, why there are no pay at the pump gas stations, and why you can’t find decaf coffee anywhere. All these things I can deal with – but the one thing that might just prove to the the straw that breaks my back?

The Ants.

Never in my life have I lived with a pest that is so incredibly persistANT (heh – I’m so punny, no?). These suckers appear out of nowhere and are everywhere. One day, I opened the microwave to find several in there. So I figured I’d just shut the door and turn it on. A minute later, I opened it back up and guess what – the stinkers were still in there – and STILL alive. They love sugar – and it seems their favorite food item is granola bars. Problem is that my girls also love granola bars and cannot eat one without dropping something on the floor – which means within an hour of eating the granola bar, I’m gonna have a whole host of ants swarming that sticky piece of granola on the floor.

We’ve tried just about everything – and now swear by the best (and cheapest and non-toxic) remedy out there and I’m going to let you in on a little secret: White Vinegar.

Forget the expensive ant traps or chemical sprays or hundreds of dollars for an exterminator. Just find the trail and wipe it down with white vinegar. The ants will go crazy. They can’t stand the stuff and they can’t follow a trail that has been “blocked” by the vinegar. We have one spot in our house that the ants keep coming in – a hole under our (non functioning) air conditioner. So, we soaked a towel with vinegar and just stuck it up there – no, not the prettiest sight but it does seem to work.



  • 1

    That’s really good to know! We have serious ants here as well, but their goal seems to be water. They’ve completely bypassed open sugar that I’ve left on the counter to get to the kitchen sink. And you are right-they are so annoying! I’ll use the tip!

    Comment by Alicia @ Experiencing Each Moment — November 25, 2008 @ 3:08 pm

  • 2

    I know that must be so frustrating.

    Hey, happy Thanksgiving! I hope you have a great week!

    Comment by Meredith — November 25, 2008 @ 9:46 pm

  • 3

    We had the same issues in Singapore. I became Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Mom about cleaning up after the kids ate. Another trick is baking soda around cracks and doors, etc. (I think that white powder was baking soda…hmmm).

    Comment by Sara Campbell — November 26, 2008 @ 5:30 am

  • 4

    I’ve just been officially advised by DH that the reason ants survive in the microwave is they are small enough to dodge the hotspots the microwave creates. Who would have thunk it!

    The vinegar thing however I have GOT to try!

    Comment by kat — November 26, 2008 @ 5:56 am

  • 5

    Oh…that takes me back to the days at Starlight. Remember I had “ants in my pants” – literally, they were all over our clean clothes in the closet and in our drawers (literally again – underwear!)

    Comment by Kristi — November 28, 2008 @ 10:06 pm

  • 6

    I know exactly what you are going through – been there and I am glad to be done with it! Terro seemed to work well for us. Home Depot or Walgreen’s carries it. good luck

    Comment by Alicia — November 30, 2008 @ 1:40 am

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