Wednesday 5 August 2015

Removing ants naturally

We have an ant problem in Dubai.

I'm concerned about the cat and dog in regards to using chemicals to control the ants. Any ant powder I put down outside is either a) blown away or b) washed away by the gardener.

I've been investigating alternative natural remedies for keeping the ants at bay.

Apparently drawing a chalk line around where the ants enter a property will deter them so putting it to the test I drew a chalk circle around an ant. As you can see, it didn't work.

So I've used a mixture of cinnamon powder and water and spayed it around the door frames, which seems to be working for the time being.

I found the entry point for the ants and sprayed it with the cinnamon. 

It didn't work so I'm afraid I was back to using ant powder and they've gone for now.

We've not been out much with Bob this week as it's too hot, he can just about manage the end of the road and back. We did manage to spend Friday morning in the desert at the lakes.

The cat recovered from her heat stroke the other week with no side effects and isn't pestering as much to go out in the day time. As long as she gets regular attention and treats. she's more than happy.


  1. I remember we had problems with ants when we lived in a small town in Massachusetts. Nothing worked except the chemicals, which I also was reluctant to use with a toddler in the house.

    1. yep I'm back to using chemicals and I've turfed the cat and dog out the room

  2. Thankfully this year all the ants have stayed out in the garden this year...we have normal ones, and just had flying ant day too. For the first time I'm seeing red ants here but good old boiling water does the trick. Does nothing for the grass but nor does Stella using it as a loo so no worse off!

    1. our ant invasion seems to be coming from a gap in the floor tiles, so i poured some hot water down it

  3. Oh no - I missed seeing your cat had heat stroke - mind you with a thick fur coat I can see it happening - glad a full recovery has been made and he/she is staying in more now.
    As for ants I was so hoping you have a natural solution that works. Oh well.
    Many thanks for joining in with #AnimalTales again :)

    1. i've been told to try vinegar next time, i poured hot water down the hole in the floor tiles and that seems to have done the trick for now