Do you have kitchen ants? If you do, you know how frustrating they are and how quickly these pesky little buggers can swarm onto the tiniest little crumb or drop left on the floor or bench. So, unless you don’t mind using poisons, don’t ever have food in your house or have the all the patieANTs and time in the world to sit and one-by-one usher these teensy ANTichrists off to a better place, you also probably know how hard they are to get rid of.
Having cats and a toddler at home, and not being one that enjoys killing other creatures in the name of conveniANTs, it was important for me to find a safe and friendly alternative to all the insecticides and poisons that can be found on the market. After a bit of research, a few different trials and some help from my good ol’ friend Mr Dustbuster. The ants are finally gone and yet to make another appearANTs (sorry for the ant puns, I couldANT help myself.)
Here is a list of DeterrANT ingrediANTS that the crawlies cANT stand:
1. Black pepper/ Cayenne pepper
2. Fresh garlic
6. Citrus oils/ Lemon juice
7. Coffee grounds
Basically, anything that is strong smelling will mess with the ants senses. They get all flustered and confused and will eventually pack their things and leave for crumbier, less smelly pastures.
I started out by observing the ants. What were they eating? Where were they going? And most importANTly, Where were they getting in?. I then vacuumed all the ants I could find. Then, I rubbed fresh garlic along the ant trail and anywhere that I had seen them. I also stuffed some small slithers into their entry points. This worked for a few days, making sure to use fresh garlic everyday and repeat the process. Then, I upped the ANTy. As well as the garlic, I scattered black pepper around the spots where I had seen them coming and going. Ants, unfortunately, are pretty small and are able to dodge and weave their way around the tiny cracked black pepper asteroid field. Still, I noticed a dramatic decrease in the amount of ants willing to put up with this. Next, I bought some organic cinnamon sticks (Organic tends to be a lot more fragrANT.) The ant jerks were beginning to get the message. Finally, a week after I first began my crusade, I bought myself some Organic ground Cinnamon and stuffed, sprinkled and spread it wherever I could! The fine powder fits like a dream into small cracks and crevices, the ants didn’t stand a chance. They had finally had enough!
Since then, with the use of ZERO chemicals, poisons and pesticides, I still have ants… BUT I can count them with one hand.
Anton, Anthelda, Anthony, Ants Mcgee and Phillip do not cause any trouble and are barely noticeable. I have actually grown quite fond of them…
I take on the Pantry Moths.
Loose Produce is also hosting Peak Pilates with Caroline every Tuesday at 6:30am.
Price is $20 per class.
Call Caroline on 0420 218 098 for more details.
Starting on 1st May, Loose Produce will be hosting Yoga in the Shadow style with Diane Cousins.
Classes will run for approximately 1 hour, starting at 6:15am.
Cost is $20 per class or only $17 if you pre-book 8 classes.
Call Di on 0438 884 702 for more info or to secure your place.
Heather from Karrimah is coming back for a Mexican Tapas (Antojitos) class! Saturday the 11th May in the Loose Produce kitchen at 1pm. If it is anything like the last class, you DO NOT want to miss it! To secure your limited place book online here.
Did we mention that all dishes are GLUTEN FREE!? because they are…
This class is only $93 and includes demonstrations, hands-on preparation/cooking, a step by step recipe folder, lots of tasting and a free Margarrrrrrrrrrita!!!
A big, BIG thank you to everyone who attended our Raw classes with Cat Cannizzaro on Saturday! xx
Now, For those of you who missed out, here are the class details for the 23rd March..
10am-12:30pm ‘Intro to Raw’ with Cat Cannizzaro. $85
(This will be a, back by popular demand, repeat of the ‘Intro to Raw’ class from Saturday)
1:30pm- 3:30pm ‘Advanced Raw’ with Cat Cannizzaro. $80
To book a place,
Call LOOSE PRODUCE on 9474 9100
Hurry, these classes fill up quickly!