A natural repellent.? ♥️

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  1. SammileeChickie

    SammileeChickie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello everyone [​IMG] I was wondering if anyone has a natural repellent idea for flies and ants.! I have many flies in the fun and ants, the ants aren't getting their food but they just bother me :(
    I know DE works for ants but I can't use that because the sprinklers go on every night.
    As for flies does vanilla car freshness work.?
    Please anyone post what has worked for you.! [​IMG] thank you.! [​IMG]
     
  2. justplainbatty

    justplainbatty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    the only things I know to do for ants, you may be able to do in the coop. Ant's hate, will not cross dish soap. You can run a line all around edges of inside of coop. the chickens may taste it, won't like it, won't hurt them. PITA to do all the time though. The other thing to do is when you find an ant hill. Place uncooked grits around the entrance. they will take the grits in, eat them, then drink water. Grits swell up, ruining their stomachs. (kinda like giving alka seltzer to sea gulls). This is old school stuff, maybe someone knows a newer way.
     
  3. SammileeChickie

    SammileeChickie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What exactly is grits.? Is that what it is called.? And thank you :)
     
  4. justplainbatty

    justplainbatty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Really? Sorry for laughing. Grits are sorta like cream of wheat. They're made from hominy and you cook them, add butter and salt. It's a southern breakfast staple, I grew up in FL, loving grits! You can find probably Quaker instant or 5 minute quick cook, next to the oatmeal at the grocery. [​IMG]
    P.S. don't cook the grits for the ants just put the dry granules on dry ground.
     
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  5. SammileeChickie

    SammileeChickie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Lol,! I'm sorry maybe it's something you eat a lot in the south.? I grew up eating cereal for breakfast a lot :b
    Okay I will look in the store when I go :) for grits haha.!
     
  6. justplainbatty

    justplainbatty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, grits are a southern favorite. Eggs, bacon, toast, grits. If you decide to try the instant or quick cook, they don't do grits justice. Dixi grits for instance,or any good grits, take 20 minutes to cook.
     
  7. MamaRudey

    MamaRudey Chillin' With My Peeps

    You can also use corn starch for the same effect.
    On a side note, this northern girl loves grits. We make it for breakfast all the time. With cheese and bacon in it and some runny eggs on top. Yum! Now I'm hungry!
     
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  8. SammileeChickie

    SammileeChickie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Really.?! I have cornstarch right now.! Do I just sprinkle it on the outside of the run.?
     
  9. MamaRudey

    MamaRudey Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yep, somewhere the ants are walking as they will pick it up and take it home to the nest. Everyone eats it and explodes. Mwahahahahaha
     
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  10. justplainbatty

    justplainbatty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Right on! Runny, sunny eggs, toast for dipping, grits w/cheese and bacon (I like mine floppy)= awesome! [​IMG]
     
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