Monday, April 10, 2006

spicy secret

It's not really my secret to tell, and I'm usually not a secret-teller, but I heard something yesterday that was just too good to keep to myself...

If you have ant problems, sprinkle cinnamon around the window sills and door jams - around the kitchen counters - and the ants will not only avoid crossing the cinnamon, it will make them not want to come back. And! Then your kitchen smells like you've been baking, not ant poison.

I had never heard of this before, but my friend's kitchen is sprinkled in cinnamon and she has nary an ant brave enough to cross a line. Now I don't know how long she'll have to keep things sprinkled or exactly the biology of why ants have a cinnamon aversion.

If you're that smart, dear entomologist, explain it to us in the comments.

2 comments:

Unequivocal_Prowess said...

See, you say, "If you are smart...which, I am hoping that I am, however, I don't know how long the cinnamon is supposed to stay there. All I know is that we are going to spray the yard this weekend, so we are only keeping the cinnamon there through the end of the week. Still no ants to report!

nicole said...

These types of remedies always sound great but I can't try them out because of the cat factor.

But then maybe the cats would hate the smell of cinnamon even more than the ants would?

I'll definitely keep that one in my back pocket for a rainy...er, ANTY...day. ;)