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I am a home schooling mom to three amazing kiddos.  We primarily use the Montessori pedagogy to guide our journey.  We also enjoy aspects of classical education and are part of Classical Conversations community. 

I write a Montessori column for Practical Homeschooling Magazine.

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Once again we have been plagued by little black sugar seeking ants.  The mild winter has led to an onslaught of invaders of record proportions.  I have been on a quest to find the safest method of discouraging the invaders.  Here are some of the tricks I've discovered.

Borax
Mix equal parts of borax and powdered sugar.  Sprinkle it on ant trails or fill a small jar lid with it.  The ants will take it back to the nest and eventually kill the queen.  While borax is safer than most chemical treatments, it is still best to keep it out of reach of kids and pets.

Pepperment Oil
Pepperment EO is great at covering up an ant scent trail.  I generally put a few drops at the entry point.  I have also used a drop or two to break up massive trails across the floor or wall.  It's best not to get this on your skin due to it's strength but the amount used is so small that it generally doesn't present an issue.  At least my children have never taken an interest in it!

Diatomaceous Earth
DE is my latest find and so far I love it.  Not only has it been effective at stopping the invasions but it is completely safe to eat, provided you purchase the food grade version.  In fact, when taken as a supplement it offers numerous health benefits.  It can't get much safer than that.  To use, simply sprinkle it along the ant trails.  It takes some time to work but it eventually does the job.

If you have any tips or tricks to add, please let me know!
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