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Welcome to Home Shalom and Shalom Farm. We pray your visit here be blessed. We are learning to walk in the Ways (Torah) of our Father YHWH and follow Y'shua, His Messiah until He returns to "set things straight". We call it a "Messi-Life". Our walk is neither tidy nor perfect, but it is filled with passion, devotion and desire to serve our King. We are learning to be humble servants, and to be good stewards of the things that He has entrusted to us: His Word, our marriage, our children, our family, our community, our health, and our farm. Hitch your horse and stay a while--our door is always open!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Getting Antsy

Do you struggle with ants? We had an army desend on our kitchen. They found my baking cupboard which holds the honey, agave and molasses. They came out of the woodwork in every direction to devour our sweet syrups... We emptied the cupboards, and wiped everything down..4+ times - but they still came! It seemed impossible for us to manage. We use the honey it regularly and have "several cooks in the kitchen" so there was always a drip or a smear that would draw the army in.

I started leaving the "bait" on the counter so I could better moniter it and try to stop it. I put "ant repellant" on my "remember board" in the kitchen to remind myself to start researching herbal deterants...than..... a lightbulb went on in my brain ( i like to call Him the Ruach ha Kodesh!)...."put it in a bowl of water". So I did. We have not seen an ant in the kitchen since! (Except for when we forget to take out the compost bowl at night!) The honey pictured here is a 5 pound jug. It doesn't take much water to do the trick, just about a 1/4 inch deep and an inch wide moat around the bait. We also found we could stack our qrt jar of molasses on top of the honey in the same water-bowl. As long as there is no bridge over the little moat, it is secure. We plan to do the same for our pets' food bowls (in a shallow pan).

Ant Free Kitchens Unite!

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