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Old 06-01-2008, 05:52 PM
 
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I'm curious does the bacon grease on the lawn prevent grass from growing? I think it does, please clarify?
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Old 06-01-2008, 08:39 PM
 
Location: San Quilmas, Tx
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I'm curious does the bacon grease on the lawn prevent grass from growing? I think it does, please clarify?
Not for spreading on the lawn, put it in a plastic condiment cup (available at any self-respecting taqueria) or a soda bottle cap.
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Old 06-01-2008, 09:47 PM
 
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What kind of ants? We had carpenter ants really bad. Got some spray at Lowe's which took care of them. Then the sugar ants moved in. Not sure what they are after since I've even found them in rooms that have no food or water.
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Old 06-02-2008, 07:29 AM
 
Location: Canyon Lake & northern VA
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Thirty years ago, we were told to plant mint all around our housing unit (Navy housing in Rhode Island). Ants apparently hate mint and were gone almost immediately. We thereafter enjoyed mint in our iced tea!

Lori (who now has a craving for a mint julip!)
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Old 06-02-2008, 08:08 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Get a couple of 2-liter bottle - bottle caps, fry up some bacon (keep the grease), go to HEB or Walmart and get a bottle of liquid boric acid and then mix the boric acid with the bacon grease (2 parts BG & 1 part BA) and pour into the caps and place them where you see ants alot. First day or two they'll go nuts (they'll think they found a Luby's) feeding on this stuff. Then, TOO LATE, they've commited culinary suicide (they take this stuff back to the nest) !!! Ants should be history in about a week and they won't be back (word travels fast).....

p.s.

You could go as high as a 50/50 mix.
Interesting. What aisle would I find the boric acid in?
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Old 06-05-2008, 10:43 AM
 
Location: San Quilmas, Tx
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Interesting. What aisle would I find the boric acid in?
Usually in with the bug spray, foggers, etc. Also it has been known to be kept in the Pharmacy section.
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Old 06-05-2008, 12:30 PM
 
Location: Smalltown, USA
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Usually in with the bug spray, foggers, etc. Also it has been known to be kept in the Pharmacy section.
I used to find it in the pharmacy section. And this stuff definitely works wonders. I have never seen the liquid but in the past I have used the powder form, I don't remember mixing it with anything (but this was a looooong time ago).
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Old 06-05-2008, 01:29 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Strangely enough you can also use baby/talc/gold bond powder. Put it on their trail and give it a couple days. Then vacuum it up. Smells nice, non-toxic and does the job. No kidding.
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Old 06-05-2008, 09:15 PM
 
Location: San Quilmas, Tx
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I used to find it in the pharmacy section. And this stuff definitely works wonders. I have never seen the liquid but in the past I have used the powder form, I don't remember mixing it with anything (but this was a looooong time ago).
Ants aren't dumb...if you put out straight boric acid they quickly learn to avoid it. You have to mix it with something they really like so they'll take it back to the nest. Ambush them if you will......
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Old 06-06-2008, 04:43 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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I just saw on the food channel last night in a program about picnics that to keep the ants away you can sprinkle baby powder around the perimiter or draw a line with chaulk around the table/food and they will not cross it...evidently there is something in both that the ants find offensive.

It also said that if you take mint leaves on the stem and place them around that it keeps the bees away for some reason.

If you try either, let me know how they work please!
If I need to find you, I will look for the house covered in babypowder, right???
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