Re: Ants

Eugene Leitl (
Sat, 14 Dec 1996 22:57:37 +0100 (MET)

On Sat, 14 Dec 1996 wrote:

> > From: (Romana Machado)
> > rains. I read, I forget where, that ants will not cross a line of flour. I
> > haven't tested that.

Try sodium borate (or boronic acid, H_3BO_3), ants (nor 'roaches) don't like
that. Take care of small kids, though, as it is _not_ candy. Still, a
lot better than organic insecticides, which are uniformly volatile and
neurotoxic for mammals (that means you).

> I don't know about that, but I do know that slugs won't cross a line
> of salt. Salt does terrible things to them.

That terrible thing is called osmosis. Water wanders through a semipermeable
membrane (skin of the slug) into an electrolyte of a higher concentration
(salt dissolved in slug's excreted slime). If this goes on for some time,
the poor beast is dead + + +

Drowning slugs in traps filled with beer is another insiduous technique
of antibiological garden warfare.


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