I’m usually pretty tolerant of the different critters that share my space. Instead of smashing spiders with a shoe, I diligently catch the them and throw them out the window. I watch as the coyote trots down my steps, I shoo bees away… but the ants… the ants I can’t seem to ignore. I put up with a couple here and there on the counter most of the time, but occasionally their numbers swell to a massive, moving black army that covers the counter top and the sinks and the walls in my kitchen. Any extreme weather change seems to lure them out. I won’t use pesticides, so I’ve tried just about every variation I read about that utilizes the natural approach to try and get rid of them.
Cinnamon doesn’t work. The ants seem to stop, sniff, jump around (probably laughing their heads off) and move on. I spray them with windex, which works, but as soon it dries, they’re back. Mint leaves don’t work at all, even though various sites say they do. Cayenne pepper used to work, but this year…. nothing. I tried boric acid, sprinkled at their point of entry. It worked for a week, then wasn’t effective. So if you have a new brilliant solution to the ant invasion, I’m all ears!