First, can you help me with my ant problem? My washer is in my garage. It’s a lovely Whirlpool Duet HE front loader and I heart it lots. But I open the slot to add detergent, and there are ants living in there! I wash them out, but they’ve been coming back. I know it’s cold and they want the water, but I don’t want THEM!
Also, I’ve had ants in the dishwasher! They’re nowhere else in the house or the garage. Just in those appliances! The dishwasher has been better because I’ve been running it as soon as I fill it, and it dries itself, so it holds no appeal for the ants if I stay on top of things.
I believe the ants are coming in from the walls. I see no other entry point into the house. And on the outside, I see them crawl into crevices like between the siding and the eaves. So I’ve used Spectracide on the outside of the house where I see them. And then I ran out of that and borrowed my brother’s bug spray, which is full on malathion. It killed the visible ants, but since they live in nests, they keep coming back.
So last week, I made some homemade ant bait using borax (20 Mule Team) and honey. The effectiveness of this is unclear at this point. I have no doubt that the ants ate the mixture. I guess key would be if they took it back to their queens and babies, right? How do I know how much bait to use?
Have any of you used borax in an ant bait? I’ve read online that people have had luck with borax mixed with sugar and Crisco to make a paste. Do you have any other suggestions to eradicate the ants? How about I just put a pile of sugar and Crisco with no borax at the neighbors house and hope they migrate over there?
Okay, on to the meat! I found out today that I won the giveaway from http://www.doughmesstic.net/ from US Wellness Meats (the contest is here: http://www.doughmesstic.net/2010/12/21/merry-meaty-christmas/).
I won a $100 gift certificate for anything in their store! They have all kinds of awesome things that will be shipped right to my door.
But I’m a bit overwhelmed. I don’t know what to get! Will you help me shop? They have beef, chicken, bison, and other meat, and then stuff like honey and ice cream, soap, candles, butter, cheese… even raw, vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free ice cream! Not that that matters. Though I was vegetarian last year for 6 months, I’m not now… And my brother gave me a gas grill for Christmas, so meat from US Wellness Meats would be a great way to break it in!
So if you were in my shoes, what would you get? 16 pounds of back ribs, a bison tri-tip roast and some beef bacon? Or should I get a steak gift pack with a variety of cuts of steak? Should I try pemmican?
How do I even choose? I need your help! And hey – if you help, and you live close, you can come over for a cookout!
One thing I know I won’t be getting: