How to stop ants from crawling to the jar labelled "Sugar"?
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I would change the label to read "salt." That should fool them. Then they'll leave it alone.
Haha... Marlin. Good try.
We have to have some chuckles once in awhile!
My wife says that the jar has to be airtight and impeccably free of sugar residue on the outside. Knowing her that specifically means a plastic container that will seal so tightly that you have "burp it" to get excess air out of it.
It must work because we keep 2-5 lbs of both white sugar and brown on hand at all times and we don't have ants. We also live in a sub-tropical climate where insects are pretty safe from freezing most of the time.
I am smiling, Marlin. Your wife is definitely right but I wonder why you need so much sugar in your house ?
One thing may be true : if your house/kitchen is kept clean at all times, ants will not appear because there ain't anything for them to munch. lol.
We don't need that much sugar. We simply buy 5 lbs at a time and then it lasts, if properly stored, for months.
Thinking back, we usually only have 1-3 lbs of brown sugar on hand.
That's very logic. I too, buy that same amount of sugar each time when it runs out. That also lasts us for a month more.
Wow, Hilda! I thought that Best Answer would go to the Mad Uncle! He gave you a good answer straight up while I was being silly.
You struck it right to my original answer that I wanted, Marlin. I was saying to myself, " how do you know it ? " thinking may be the game had to end with a winner for a start. Luckily, everyone played along and had a fun time.
No one is silly. In fact, we are willing to be a little silly sometimes. LOL !!
A chained iguana, atop my college friend's sink, in his kitchen, feasted from the infestation of German Cockroaches who enmasse had invaded and infiltrated upstairs, from the delicatessen, downstairs.
I repeatedly refused many an invite to sleep over even after an exhausting evening out, partying, as the place always made my skin crawl.
I am told that the lizard grew to astounding dimensions and is, to date, still actively feeding itself without any human care or intercession.
I find my goosebumps begin to crawl up while reading the 1st part but words like : an invite to sleep over/an exhausting evening/partying/the place etc give me some soothing warmth from within.
However, I ever saw a lizard crawling on top of my sugar canister trying to steal some sugar. I have to change the label to SALT, for safety's sake.
There is, at least, a captivating short story here, Paul. Maybe even something that Stephen King could give you nightmares with in novel.
We have always kept our sugar in the freezer, so as to discourage even the remote possibility of ants or uncles in the house...
Put the SUGAR bottle inside your locker of your iron chest. They can't break in.
Ah, glad you reminded me of the iron chest, Chiradeep. I must look into the storehouse to see whether it's still there.
How did she know that your chest was made of iron?
Paul is an extraordinary thinker.
I meant, "how did HE know"?
He knows my age, may be.
That's a secret Paul. Lol...
When a woman's chest turns to iron, the milk of human kindness has surely had an expiration date....
I don't know the answer to the question, but I was just reading something interesting about ants. Apparently they don't like mint, cinnamon or cloves. I wonder what would happen if a whole clove was put in with the sugar - would it deter the ants?
I'll have to go find me some ants and try it :)
I am not sure either. But ants dislike spices because it's not sweet. I still think keeping everything clean and no sweet stuff around can save the trouble.
Total Answers: 5, Total Page Views: 659.try keeping it in refrigerator.
Seems that storing all sweet goodies in the fridge is the only solution. Thanks for your suggestion.
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