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7 Old-Time Solutions to Domestic Problems

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2. The Ants Are Attacking!
Ants usually invade the home when it’s rainy outside, though they can strike at any time they’re attracted to something sweet. Although there are numerous chemical solutions to get rid of them, many are toxic and shouldn’t be used around small children or pets. The Reader’s Digest book suggests an easy solution: grits. They expand in the ants’ stomachs and kill them. You can also try dried spearmint or peppermint near the spot where they’re coming in your house.

Read about other methods to get rid of pests naturally.

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Read more: Green Kitchen Tips, Home, Household Hints, Natural Pest Control

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8:35AM PST on Feb 21, 2012

LOVE this read! So very helpful! Thank you!

12:46PM PST on Nov 6, 2011

Last summer the ants were really bad in my neighborhood, so the idea of using grits is ingenious. If they show up again next summer, I will definitely be trying this.

Thank you for posting.

9:23AM PST on Nov 6, 2011

Old fashioned is good. Thanks

5:27PM PDT on Oct 19, 2011

ty,i do use the hot vinegar on my weeds

11:45AM PDT on Oct 6, 2011

7 tips? could fit on 2 or 3 pages

10:51AM PDT on Sep 30, 2011

thnxs for the tips :)

2:02AM PDT on Sep 22, 2011

Many of these tricks, I learned from my grandmother and my aunt. But thanks, I didn't know a couple of them.

7:33AM PDT on Sep 21, 2011

Great Tips ! thanks so much!

11:19PM PDT on Sep 15, 2011

Oh yeah...coffee cup stains on the furniture? who sets a cup down without using a coaster? HELLO! oh, nevermind...I know someone who does that and it drives me NUTS!

11:17PM PDT on Sep 15, 2011

Thanks for the tips! Fortunately I don't have ant problems. I appreciate the clogged drain trick...I think that has worked for me before.

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