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Old 05-19-2013, 01:40 PM   #341
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Old 05-19-2013, 01:53 PM   #342
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In the winter they spray the streets with sand and salt. It snows again on top of that mixture, the plows come along and push the old sand and salt to the side of the road. As a result after years of being salted there is no growth along the immediate side of the shoulder. And if there is no shoulder, there is after all the salting over the years. the snow melts with all the salt that is mixed in it. They used to use just a heavy layer of salt. But the under part of cars were being ruined even if they had been conditioned.

In Chelsea, the town right next to us is the Chelsea Creek that separates us from them. Oil tankers go up the creek and special cargo ships all summer long leaving five and six stories high of salt and sand. There are about eight piles. Right now the last time I looked, most of the piles were gone due to our winter this year. Not for us to worry. They are being replenished for next year. And if you ask them nice, sometimes they will give you a five pound bucket of the mixture for your sidewalk. You have to provide the bucket.

In the winter at Christmas time, they put a very large Santa and his reindeer and sleigh on top of the first pile. The first reindeer is up in the air having just starting to take off. And it is all lit up. The little kids love it and it is good community relations.
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Old 05-19-2013, 05:55 PM   #343
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I have a home-made formula that I've been using on ants. These are the columns of ants that run up and down the sides of the shed outside. I mix one part household ammonia to two parts water in a spray bottle. Could be that they temporarily pass out from the fumes and then get up and run around after I have walked away. Don't know for sure -- they all look alike . Someone please tell me if this is an insanely stupid mixture to use. I know about bleach + ammonia, but I can't think of any reason the water + ammonia would be injurious to the shed, etc.
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Old 05-20-2013, 12:30 AM   #344
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Found a great homemade recipie to clean the grout between tiles, anywhere in your home

7 Cups water
1/2 Cup Baking soda
!/3 Cup lemon juice
1/4 Cup Vinegar

Mix it up & put in a spray bottle, it works amazingly well!
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Old 05-22-2013, 11:55 PM   #345
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I have a home-made formula that I've been using on ants. These are the columns of ants that run up and down the sides of the shed outside. I mix one part household ammonia to two parts water in a spray bottle. Could be that they temporarily pass out from the fumes and then get up and run around after I have walked away. Don't know for sure -- they all look alike . Someone please tell me if this is an insanely stupid mixture to use. I know about bleach + ammonia, but I can't think of any reason the water + ammonia would be injurious to the shed, etc.
My mom says borax kills ants. According to her, they bring it home thinking it's food. Has anyone else used borax on ants?
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Old 05-23-2013, 05:47 AM   #346
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My mom says borax kills ants. According to her, they bring it home thinking it's food. Has anyone else used borax on ants?
Been using that for years. And it does work. I l aways just had to use one application. And it is harmless to the environment. Can be found at any hardware. Much cheapr than from your supermarket.
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Old 05-23-2013, 02:51 PM   #347
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Been using that for years. And it does work. I l aways just had to use one application. And it is harmless to the environment. Can be found at any hardware. Much cheapr than from your supermarket.
How do you get it to them? I see ants in my house but I don't know where their nest is. I sprinkled some on the nests outside that I know of tho
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I use a commercial product that you sprinkle around the foundation of the house (two foot wide strip) early in the season before the ants appear then water the powder to soak it into the ground. I wonder if the borax would work the same way.
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Old 05-23-2013, 03:36 PM   #349
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How do you get it to them? I see ants in my house but I don't know where their nest is. I sprinkled some on the nests outside that I know of tho
Follow their trail. You may not get back to their nest, but they will bring it back as food and on their feet. Those in the nest will eat what is on their feet as food. If they are coming from outside, try to find where they are coming in and sprinkle at their entrance. Kind of a welcome gift.
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Old 05-23-2013, 04:04 PM   #350
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Ants aren't pests - they're nuisances. Use whatever means are necessary to kill them in the house and get rid of them, but they're part of a healthy ecosystem outside. No need to destroy their nests.
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Ants aren't pests - they're nuisances. Use whatever means are necessary to kill them in the house and get rid of them, but they're part of a healthy ecosystem outside. No need to destroy their nests.
If their nests weren't destroying my yard I would agree with you. We have very sandy soil, and their mounds of sand kill the grass all along our walkway. I promise I have no desire to walk around in the woods or fields destroying ants nests, but they aren't exactly endangered so I don't feel too bad about not wanting ants crawling all over my feet when I walk around outside.
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If their nests weren't destroying my yard I would agree with you. We have very sandy soil, and their mounds of sand kill the grass all along our walkway. I promise I have no desire to walk around in the woods or fields destroying ants nests, but they aren't exactly endangered so I don't feel too bad about not wanting ants crawling all over my feet when I walk around outside.
I understand. It might help your grass to add some compost. It usually doesn't do well in sandy soil - needs more moisture.
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How do you get it to them? I see ants in my house but I don't know where their nest is. I sprinkled some on the nests outside that I know of tho
My in-laws had them really bad at their summer home in Florida. They always used Borax but added sugar to it.

Sugar to attract them, they take the Borax back home with them.

Sprinkle it where you see the ants. Soon you will see a trail and you can follow it.

They swore by the Borax and sugar thing. They also used it against the Palmetto bugs - yuck !!

We have them doing the same thing in our driveway this year and tomorrow when I shop I am bringing home some Borax.
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Instant grits + sugar for ant removal.
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I understand. It might help your grass to add some compost. It usually doesn't do well in sandy soil - needs more moisture.
Compost is exactly what it needs. Actually planning to start a compost bin this summer :) we are renters so we don't want to spend money on it. Bf did haul a few wheelbarrows of dirt from the side yard in, and it's much better dirt, but still sandy...
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Compost is exactly what it needs. Actually planning to start a compost bin this summer :) we are renters so we don't want to spend money on it. Bf did haul a few wheelbarrows of dirt from the side yard in, and it's much better dirt, but still sandy...
When I was living at my daughter's house in my own apartment, I had a compost pile that was going strong. But I wanted some worms to help turn over the soil. So I added some wet newspapers (none with colored ink or pictures) to the pile. Before you knew it, there were hundreds of worms in that compost pile. I had some very rich soil for the bucket garden. A couple of neighbors even came over to get some for their fishing with their kids.

I don't know why, but the wet newspapers encourage development of the worms and they multiply really fast.
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When I was living at my daughter's house in my own apartment, I had a compost pile that was going strong. But I wanted some worms to help turn over the soil. So I added some wet newspapers (none with colored ink or pictures) to the pile. Before you knew it, there were hundreds of worms in that compost pile. I had some very rich soil for the bucket garden. A couple of neighbors even came over to get some for their fishing with their kids.

I don't know why, but the wet newspapers encourage development of the worms and they multiply really fast.
Thanks Addie :) will have to try that!
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Compost is exactly what it needs. Actually planning to start a compost bin this summer :) we are renters so we don't want to spend money on it. Bf did haul a few wheelbarrows of dirt from the side yard in, and it's much better dirt, but still sandy...
Check with your city or town.

In our city the public is allowed to go and get free compost that the city makes from collected yard waste Christmas trees etc.
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Thanks Addie :) will have to try that!
Make sure you throw some dirt on top of the wet papers. And old man who grew the most beautiful rose bushes I ever saw told me about that trick.
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Check with your city or town.

In our city the public is allowed to go and get free compost that the city makes from collected yard waste Christmas trees etc.
Our waste treatment plant makes it also from all the stuff it cleans and sterilizes out at the Deer Island plant. Same deal. It is free.
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