I rarely praise humans, or anything else, but mine came up with a great solution to a fire and problem we were having in our yard. As I am sure you know fire ants and those crazy raspberry ants, can be a real problem for every other creature around, well my humans found a safe way to get rid of them. What they do is they just pour a bottle of plain carbonated water down the ant hole in the evening when the ants are all down there and the carbon dioxide in the bubbles sinks down and cuts off the oxygen to the whole colony. Pretty clever, especially for humans.
Now, I have to give my human family credit, they really try to do everything they can to use natural solutions - - - they add mint extract to white vinegar and use that to clean with. That discourages most insects as well as rodents whose noses are too sensitive to put up with the sharp mint scent. It also helps clear up pet odors, not that I create them, but that dog they adopted - phew. Inside the house they make up ant baits with borax, sugar and water and use them in cabinets so the dog cannot get to them. You know he is not as intelligent as a cat; you know of course in Egypt we were considered Gods.
Anyway, I just wanted to share this and give credit where credit is due.
Dear Madam DeVilla,
Thank you for the information for how to treat ant colonies outside. I will pass this on to my readers. I also want them to know that while some ants are harmful, others like Harvester Ants, are not only harmless they provide important food sources for everything from birds like the Northern Golden Flickers to the increasingly rare Texas Horned Toad. In fact, part of the reason there are less Horned Toads around is because the Fire Ants are killing off the Harvester Ants and the Toads have nothing to eat.
I am sure my readers would also like to hear about your humans other natural solutions. Would you please write me back with the recipes they use. I am sure my readers would appreciate it if you would share them as well.