May 19 2011

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. small Kucing

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

    1. Katherines Corner

      Darn I wish I could have posted this earlier. Hugs!

  2. Pam@over50feeling40

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

    1. Katherines Corner

      Thank you Pam I hope you’ll give them a try

  3. Poetesswug

    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. Karena

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

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    1. Katherines Corner

      entered! xo

  5. Cecilia Marie Pulliam

    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!

    1. Katherines Corner

      An easy addition to your camping gear. Hugs and happy to help

  6. Odie Langley

    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,

    1. Katherines Corner

      Wow Odie, that’s quite the barbecue you have planned. Enjoy my friend. Hugs

  7. Brandi

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

    1. Katherines Corner

      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

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

    1. Katherines Corner

      Mitzi, I always appreciate your comments :-)

  9. Ms. A

    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!

    1. Katherines Corner

      Eww, so sorry to hear that, perhaps you’ll give the talcum powder a try L0-)

  10. thisisme

    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!

    1. Katherines Corner

      just pop it into your picnic basket my sweet friend xo

  11. Kim

    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,


    1. Katherines Corner

      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. Olivia

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

    1. Katherines Corner

      Hello Olivia, thank you welcome!

  13. Adrian

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

    1. Katherines Corner

      Thank you Adrian I look forward to more visits. :-)

  14. Donnelle

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

    1. Katherines Corner

      Thank you I enjoyed my visit. Hugs

  15. Xenia @ Thanks, Mail Carrier

    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!

    1. Katherines Corner

      My pleasure.

  16. kristin

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

    1. Katherines Corner

      Make happy any free memories, giggle

  17. Dom

    Great tips!

    1. Katherines Corner

      thank you

  18. Cynthia Fertal

    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!

    1. Katherines Corner

      Oh I love the cinnamon idea, thank you!

  19. SouthernScraps

    Great tips! I’ve never heard of them.

    1. Katherines Corner

      So happy to share

  20. lin

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

    1. Katherines Corner

      Giggle, I guess you’re right my friend.


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