So: How Can I Make An Ant Trail?

There is nothing wrong with impromptu hubbing. Seriously, not every hub has to be ornate, and sometimes just typing to see how it will go can be very refreshing. So do I write about things according to what others think or perceive, no not at all really. Do you find that disconcerting? Perhaps, but I have been here long enough to learn no one has a monopoly on what a proper hub is supposed to be, and if someone tells you what not to hub about, well they are just trying to limit you because they themselves are not very creative.

My crafting hubs take a lot of time to prep, so at times I just need to do something fun and zany. When somebody leaves a negative comment on one of my crafting hubs I simply delete it, especially if an anonymous person tells me how much better they could make a particular card. Great for them, but I did not see any of those individuals taking the time to prep and write about their craft, so I have no time to indulge their narcissism. There is something so rewarding and refreshing about taking fifteen minutes to write a hub. My feelings really got hurt a couple of times this week on Hubpages, so I have been trying to be happy when I log in here, and to just realize those who like me will like me no matter what. I do not really care if I come across as sensitive because honestly I never will aspire to have a thick skin, and I am actually proud I am divergent that way. With my creative new hub ideas I shall endeavor to keep the good thoughts flowing, especially when I have trepidation about logging into certain parts of the site.

Politics, seriously, I could probably live a much more creative life without ever going on that forum! The party next door woke me up a few hours ago and I started thinking and doodling a little picture on the back of an envelope. So at about five in the morning because I could not sleep I started thinking about how easy it is to make an ant trail in your kitchen, especially if you do not believe in spraying like me.

The first thing you have to do is let go of your regular household cleaning activities to allow the ants to congregate on the counter. I highly recommend leaving some cake on a plate because ants love sugar. Actually, ants really seem to love the time I accidentally left out the coffee cup with the residual sugar on the bottom. You thought humans loved their coffee with creamer, well I think ants have even more of an affinity for this concoction. All kidding aside, I actually have no desire to have an ant trail in my kitchen, and clean it quite consistently to avoid such pests. However, if you accidentally leave out something sugary the ants will come, and in force too. They say ants are like an army, and there is no lie there. If pests and ants gross you out then I do not recommend leaving out sugar for them.

Follow the ant trail.  This is a fun impromptu sketch by Sweetiepie on Hubpages, who truly believes off the cuff Hubbing is super fun, and refreshing.
Follow the ant trail. This is a fun impromptu sketch by Sweetiepie on Hubpages, who truly believes off the cuff Hubbing is super fun, and refreshing.

Ant Farms: Why Pay When You Can Get One For Free!

I always had to ponder why people buy ant farms when they could have the very own one, on their kitchen counter for free! Here are twenty sticky and sugary ingredients that are guaranteed to attract the ants:

1. whip cream

2. jello

3. soda

4. honey

5.strawberry jam

6. apple butter

7. doughnuts

8. parfaits

9. gummy bears

10. candy canes

11. licorice

12. a snickers bar

13. a pay day bar

14. cotton candy

15. a bowl of half eaten cereal

16. a bowl of melting ice cream

17. a slice of birthday cake

18. a chocolate brownie

19. a piece of fudge

20. strawberry shortcake

I love all the yummy concoctions listed above, but do we really need those things in a house on a consistent basis? Not really, and even though I really do not purposely try to create ant trails, they all seem to be attracted to these items. This is a joke hub by the way, but I always think about these things when I see ants and have to clean them up!

More by this Author


Comments 29 comments

BkCreative profile image

BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

Yes, it works quite well with honey. It was fascinating! I had a jar of honey in the kitchen cabinet. Evidently it wasn't closed tightly enough and some honey was around the top. About 52 billion ants in single file found their way from the back yard, across the screened in porch and up the counters. Wow!

Then, surprisingly, when I took a big bag of magnificent almonds to S. Korea when I was working there, once again 52 billion ants made a trail to the almonds. Korean people don't eat all the sugary junk we do so ants like other foods.

This was a joke hub? But I was having so much fun...I'll stop now.


SweetiePie profile image

SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

BKCreative,

Yes somewhat of a joke hub, but I noticed how ants were highly attracted to the sugary coffee residue in my mug that I forgot to rinse out before I left the other day. You are right about how ants congregate to other foods, and please do not stop if you have more to share!


Green Lotus profile image

Green Lotus 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

What a fitting hub for your moniker:) Watch out you may create a trail!


SweetiePie profile image

SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thanks Green Lotus, I shall watch out for the trail!


Hello, hello, profile image

Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Thanks for a good laugh, SweetiePie. Put a road signup saying - NO ENTRY - that should tell them ha ha ha


SweetiePie profile image

SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Try to tell that to the ants, not sure they will listen.


Pete Maida profile image

Pete Maida 6 years ago

We have dealt with ants in the kitchen. It was a real pain but it was cool to see how they move in an orderly fashion.


SweetiePie profile image

SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Yes you are right Pete, they seem pretty orderly. I really have to remember to rinse everything off though or they come in droves lol.


C.S.Alexis profile image

C.S.Alexis 6 years ago from NW Indiana

In reverse, if you bury a pound of sugar in the far away part of your back yard the ants will head in that direction. I am pretty sure they can not read so leaving a sign or a note is not going to help,LOL.


Nancy's Niche profile image

Nancy's Niche 6 years ago from USA

Here's a little tip---ant's HATE baked banana peels...


SweetiePie profile image

SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Hi C.S. Alexis,

I know my sign is pretty silly :). I wish I had a bigger back yard, but maybe I could try your idea in the little patio area. Thanks for the tip.

Nancy,

Also thanks for the tip about the banana peals. Everyone's good suggestions will help to keep the ants at bay :).


alekhouse profile image

alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

This is so cute, SP, I love it! BTW your new avatar is adorable. You look great!


Lady Guinevere profile image

Lady Guinevere 6 years ago from West Virginia

Awww, I have been hurt in some of those forums and some hubs of mine as well. Sometimes we do need to step back for a while. I did for 6 weeks last year and decided that I still like Hubpages and continue on. I hope this gets back to them--like you say in that ant trail. LOL Keep up your hubs girl! I for one like you lots.


Mike Lickteig profile image

Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

I discovered ants love Slim Fast shakes, also. I mean they REALLY love them. And empy Coca-Cola cans, also. If I could give up the Coca-Cola I probably wouldn't need the Slim Fast shakes, but then what would the ants do?

Great hub, and you're right--there is a need for a little spontaneous hubbing sometimes.


SweetiePie profile image

SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Mike,

It seems like they like everything, those pesky critters :).


HubCrafter profile image

HubCrafter 6 years ago from Arizona

Hi SweetiePie:

LOVE the Title...and your lead got me at "off the cuff hubbing".

I LIKE the idea of telling folks, "this is a joke".

My satire about spam got comments like, "I'll give this a try.." LOL.

HubCrafter


SweetiePie profile image

SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

HubCrafter,

Many of my crafting hubs are highly involved from the time it takes to create the craft, a drawing, or a card, so I need a bit of humor once and awhile. I will definitely check out your spam hub, I am sure it is fun :).


Paradise7 profile image

Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

Our silly Sweetie Pie. This was cute! I know ants like sugary things--once they got after my Southern Comfort!!!


SweetiePie profile image

SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Hi Paradise,

Yes I can be a very silly girl at times, but what is Southern Comfort? Oh well, I guess I can Google it! I appreciate your sharing :).


blondepoet profile image

blondepoet 6 years ago from australia

LMAO SweetiePie I have to say this is a classic from a very clever mind. Here is me going to have a cup of coffee in the morning so I pour my water from the jug and behold there is an army of ants swimming on top. I am forever spraying them, squatting them, shouting at them. I feel rather guilty now, after reading this. Thumbs up!!!


SweetiePie profile image

SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Blondepoet,

I do not believe in spraying chemical grade insecticides because these make me feel sick. I found that water laced with peppers or hair spray can be just an effective at killing them. Mostly if I keep the counter super clean and wiped down I never have ant problems.


K9keystrokes profile image

K9keystrokes 6 years ago from Northern, California

This is a wonderful excersise in the study of free writing. I enjoyed your hub very much. It was refreshing, cute nad had a harmless atraction for me. Thank you for such a good sense of humor and writing thhis hub.


SweetiePie profile image

SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Glad you enjoyed my silly story keystrokes.


Pest Inspection Gold Coast 6 years ago

Sugary and sticky substances like jams and jellies are the best bait for ants. Great Hub.


SweetiePie profile image

SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Usually I delete the self promotion link people, but your comment is hilarious, and belongs here :).


Rosenae2002 6 years ago

If you want to deter the ants naturally, vinegar rinsing your counters works really well. Mix equal parts vinegar and water in a small spray bottle(only $1 @most discount stores) and wipe off the counter like you normally do. before you leave, spray the counter with a fine mist and let air dry. They do not like it at all. Good luck, and I enjoyed your bait list, it would work for children as well...lol


SweetiePie profile image

SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thank you for the great tips with vinegar Rosenae!


Bard of Ely profile image

Bard of Ely 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

That made me chuckle and got voted up!


SweetiePie profile image

SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Hi Bard of Ely,

I appreciate your comment and the vote!

    Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account.

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No HTML is allowed in comments, but URLs will be hyperlinked. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites.


    Click to Rate This Article
    working