Thursday, May 17, 2007

Flies! Ants!

The ants are back!

There aren't as many as there were afore but mom still resprayed...on a much happier note, dad let a fly in da howse yesterday! Yup, it was grate fun running thru the howse leaping at dat fly. It was HUGE! I got up on da counter and jumped at him as he flew by, he fell to da floor, I jumpt down on him (I missed). Da fly was on his back, buzzing in circles! Den Speedy gave it a good wak wif his manly paw and pushed it over to me. I ate it. After that we had to nap, we bof were soooo tired from running and jumping and chasing dat crazy fly. Dad sed it was big enuff to be a cargo plane! Okay, mom wants to say sumfing now....~Sadie
A few of you have asked about the ant repellent. It's a home made spray. I have a chemist friend who works for a spice company and he makes a lot of "biofriendly" spice and spice oil based bug stuff. I've often told him he should manufacture this stuff and sell it, he'd make millions. He says no, he just likes helping out his friends with pest control and keeping their pets safe. He just happens to have access to the ingredients at a lower cost than the average person. Anyone can make this stuff so he doesn't think he should profit from it! I sure do have some wonderful friends. Here is his "formula" for all of you who asked. Mom asked, he said "oh, yeah, definitely. If you know people who could use this tell them how to make it". See, we told you he was wonderful: You'll need to go to a health food store, whole foods store, baking store or someplace where you can find these ingredients.
1-1 oz. bottle of Orange Oil
1-1oz. bottle of Cinnamon Oil
1-1 oz. bottle of Lemon Grass Extract
get a 2 quart spray bottle. Pour oils into bottle, add water to fill line. That's it, easy huh. I figured out the cost by going to Atlanticspice.com and it came to $10.85 (without shipping). He also says that if you want it to dry faster you can add some rubbing alcohol (just a couple ounces) but he says that rubbing alcohol isn't good for kitties (it will irritate their mouths) and since you're only lightly spraying the perimeter of the room (under the sink is a good spot) that he doesn't think it's necessary. He also recomends keeping the pets off until it's dry, although we don't think any of the ingredients will make pets sick, cinnamon oil might burn a tungue. So, go make some great smelling ant repellant!

14 comments:

Forty Paws said...

Bummer on the ants coming back!!! Arghh. Great that you caught the fly and ate it! Didn't you yak it back up?

Maw washed all da winders and screens yestday and letted in bunches and bunches of flies, skeeters, and udder bugs. Yep. She did. We chase dem fur awhile but it gits old.

Luf, Us

Name: Mr. Hendrix said...

that stinks about the ants. i'll bet your house smells awfully nice. your mommy's friend is a very nice guy to share is secret formula with us.
great job catchin that fly! they are so fun to chase and eat.

Bonnie Underfoot said...

My woman lived with a disgusting roommate who wouldn't rinse dishes before putting them in the dishwasher and wouldn't run it until it was full - to conserve water. That's all very well, but there'd be stinky dirty dishes for a week, and of course the ants found them. They actually had an ant trail leading into the dishwasher! UGH!

Bonnie Underfoot said...

Oh, great bug hunting. I know when it's dark out and beans come in through the front door, if I can keep that door open, giant moths come in to play. Rowr.

Kim and Oscar the Puppy Cat said...

My Mommy is anxious to buy the ingredients for the spray! She is willing to dance naked in the moonlight at this point! That's not really true and she not happy that I told you this. But she is very interested in alternatives to harmful chemicals! So thanks Zippie, Sadie and Speedy's Mommy's friend!

Anni said...

Wow! Great info about the ant repellent. I'm all for doing things in a pet friendly/eco friendly way. Thanks for the tip!

and great job on that fly!

jcfloresinc said...

Tara, thank you for the ant spray recipe. Tell your Mom's friend thank you for sharing. I like to hunt flies, but I haven't caught one yet. You be careful and don't get bit.
Be blessed,
Samantha & Tigger

Jeter and Mickey said...

i'm sorree abowt da return uv da antz ... but, if u havta spray again ... at leest u hav a good smellin spray. mi mom iz gointa take down dat recipe! (an hope she duzzen't havta yooz it dis yeer!)
luv--yer grate frend--jh

Karen Jo said...

Good job on hunting down that fly. I hope it didn't make you yak. That's a great recipe for ant repellant.

DK & The Fluffies said...

Good luck with the ants

Tara said...

Mom is thinkin of trying that recipe. She already uses straight cinnamon, and it works great, but it keeps getting all over me.

Great bug hunting! My favorite activity!

Munchkin, Missy and Monte said...

Will it work on what we call elm tree bugs?

Skeezix said...

Grate tip!

For thoze hoo don't know ware to find the ingreedeeints, yoo can buy them at iherb.com.

Big Piney Woods Cats said...

Mittens has won awards for her fly catching abilities. I think it has something to do with her big toes.

Patches