Dear Katie Picnic Ants

Dear Katie, I’m planning a picnic and we have a lot of ants here already. Do you know any non-pesticide ways to keep the ants from ruining our picnic? Thanks Jukes

Dear Jukes,  I love a nice picnic under a shady tree.Our weather here isn’t  cooperating yet. I came up with these two choices.

If you’re using a picnic table put each table leg into a container of water. Use an old margarine tub, or an aluminum foil pie pan to hold the water. Reuse, recycle .

If you’re sitting on a blanket in the grass, sprinkle talcum powder all around your picnic area. My research tells me that ants don’t like to cross it.

Enjoy your picnic and thank you for your question.

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  1. LOL….just went for a picnic last week.Gosh…those ants really goes into some rather akward places. Will blog about it next week

  2. Wow, I have never heard either one of these…good advice I will try!

  3. Katherine, Good info. I had heard this about the legs of your table in water, but the talcum powder was news to me! Good to know!

  4. Katherine super tips, because I love AL fresco dining and picnicking!

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  5. Cecilia Marie Pulliam says:

    Those were great tips, particularly the talcum powerder. My husband I usually picnic out in the woods without the benefit of a standard picnic area. And, the poweder is easy to pack!

  6. Some very good advice Katie girl. Hope you are doing well this fine thursday. We are having a big family gathering for Linda’s side saturday and will have two big cookers going. One with a 100 lb. pig and the other with a dozen chickens and everyone is bringing side to go along with the meat. It’s at her brothers place at the lake and it is beautiful and will even have his pontoon boat available for rides. Should be fun & I hear the weather should cooperate.
    Later beautiful,

  7. Great tips! I would hate to have a bunch of ants ruin my picnic! Do you have any tips for keeping mosquitoes away?

    • The essential oils that work well against mosquitoes are: cinnamon oil
      lemon eucalyptus oil, citronella oil, castor oil . My Avon website has some great sprays to. Hugs!

  8. Mitzi says:

    Awesome tip for certain! I would have never thought of either of those options! Thanks!

  9. I can’t use pesticide and we are having horrific problems with ants! BIG ants. Lack of rain is causing them to come in the house, at the bathroom window, in my bathtub. They are driving me nuts!

  10. I absolutely hate ants, so I was very pleased to hear these two tips. I had never heard of either one before. I shall certainly make sure I take some talcum powder with me in future when I am planning a picnic!

  11. How many blogs do you have, woman? LOL!!! I was just checking out blogs through a Thursday hop, clicked on this one and realized it was yours. What can I say, it’s a small world wide web…

    Happy Thursday,


    • Hi Kim yes I have two! A Website and several online shops including Avon. I’m working hard at keeping all the plates spinning. Hugs!

  12. What an amazing blog you have here!! SO many wonderful tips and ideas, can’t wait to read more!

  13. Thanks for popping by my blog on my SITS day and becoming a Follower. I hope you will get some great ideas there.

  14. Donnelle says:

    Thank you for stopping by my blog! I’m following you :)
    I wish you a great day and weekend!

  15. I had no idea that ants don’t like talcum powder, I’m going to have to remember that!

    Thanks so much for joining us for Friendly Friday, have a great weekend!

  16. Haven’t had a picnic in a long time. Maybe if it’s nice this weekend I’ll have one with the family :_)

  17. Great tips!

  18. Hi Katherine,
    I have also used powdered cinnamon as a great deterrent. Not only does it remain environmentally safe, but it adds a great fragrance to the picnic as well. I have also heard that pepper works too. Enjoy those picnics!

  19. Great tips! I’ve never heard of them.

  20. You gotta have ants at a picnic!! If you want to remove all the bugs and such, what fun is eating outside???!


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