Today's Macro Monday is an experiment...well technically, the post isn't an experiment, but ABOUT and experiment to get rid of the ants in the yard. There are a number of ant mounds at the new house and we wanted to get rid of the with the least about of poisons possible. My husband read about putting grits on the mound. In theory the ants eat the grits, the grits swell and they blow up. He tried it on a couple of mounds and feels like it worked. I of course told him that I wanted to photograph the next attempt and document it's success!
I can't attest to the success, but below are photos from the effort. The ants do love the grits and were running around taking them inside to the young ones and with luck the queen (if it indeed kills them). I will report back next week to let you know what happens. In the meantime, I thought I'd google information to back up the theory behind our plan of attack. Unfortunately most all of the ones I found suggest that this is folklore and won't work. Another insisted that it has to be instant grits or it won't work. Unfortunately, we didn't put down instant grits, so that could be two strikes.
We did try one home made remedy that did work and that is honey and borax, but that's for another post!