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Farmers Almanac
The 2014 Farmers Almanac
Farmers' Almanac

Keep Ants Out Of Your Home

Keep Ants Out Of Your Home

To Keep Ants Outside, Try:

(1) If you can find where they are entering your home, block their entrance with a blob of petroleum jelly, then later caulk it with silicone.

(2) Vacuum the ants and wipe any surfaces where they had been with a sponge to remove the scent trail.

(3) Strew the following natural ant repellents in infested areas: catnip, mint, cucumber peel, tansy, southernwood, rue, or crushed eggshells.

(4) Place a small amount of powdered soap near their entrance. The ants will carry it to their nest, where moisture will expand the soap, and possibly destroy the nest.

If you notice a hole in the upper left-hand corner of your Farmers' Almanac, don't return it to the store! That hole isn't a defect; it's a part of history. Starting with the first edition of the Farmers' Almanac in 1818, readers used to nail holes into the corners to hang it up in their homes, barns, and outhouses (to provide both reading material and toilet paper). In 1910, the Almanac's publishers began pre-drilling holes in the corners to make it even easier for readers to keep all of that invaluable information (and paper) handy.