“After spraying the kitchen with vinegar, then withhot sauce, to no avail,” she said in The Times, “I finally called an exterminator. She laid out baits filled with a poisoned sweet-syrup (it looked a lot like honey!) and also sprayed my kitchen and yard.
Traditionally, beekeepers used lemon balm to attract bees to empty hives. “The Essential Guide to Herbs,” edited by Lesley Bremness, also reported it can help fight infections. Such knowledge is not to be shunned. But attracting ants is another topic. Who cares? They will come around with or without us. It’s all about food.
Try something different, right?
Remember the ants? When the little one stopped to climb a tree? Growing older we sometimes forget our childhood.... We forget we all belonged once.
Now, she avoids stepping on bugs, her mother said, and is quiet around the yard, careful not to "disturb this bunny's habitat."
The insight went something like this: If the fear becomes associated with the food, escaping ants share their panic and pheromones.
It's doubtful there will ever be an exterminator who clobbers ants with a Billy club. But thinking outside the box might not be such a bad idea in the face of global extinction. And, in fact, studies have shown, according to Discover, Science for the Curious, that this is true: ants might well learn the association.
And there were many YouTube videos as well, but finding ways to encourage ants to look for food elsewhere was impossible without advice to kill them everywhere. One sight did offered insight, Lotusland, but they are rare.
“Why go to war? Many ant species are beneficial and should not be indiscriminately destroyed. They feed on organic substances and living insect pests and are one of nature’s most efficient ways of handling insects and smaller animals that die.”
He says yes, and calls for more concern. (The video shared here is an exploration of how we damage the land without even walking around in it....)
“A century ago,” Solomon said, “nature had elbow room. Now, there is a lot less of it ... recreational activities and nature tourism are growing in most parks, wilderness areas and other protected areas around the world.
In “The Great Republican Land Heist," for example (viewed here), Harper's said the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), in 2007, closed portions of the sagebrush sea in Nevada. Several parts of a canyon, Recapture Canyon, were closed to motorized traffic,but local residents were angry about it. The author, Christopher Ketcham, reported an event held in protest of this closing of public lands. Area residents, riding all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), stormed into the canyon. As the ATVs roared past, into the sagebrush, a crowd waved American flags.
Yes, respecting nature can help, but it doesn't look promising.
Back in the kitchen, the ants are gone. Not forever, of course, but for now anyway: the ants have been a complete no-show for most of the summer. They are not dead, they just changed their behavior. Unlike so many of us, they learn in the face of danger.