Letters to the Editor

Clean ants

April 30, 2008


To the editor:

The front page of April 25 Journal-World quotes a pest-control company that can rescue us from being driven "buggy," especially by ants. Before Lawrencians race to the phone to call an exterminator, they would do well to consider what the article omitted. While insecticides are not all alike, studies link many of these chemicals to cancer. By contrast, ants are extraordinarily clean insects. What they carry on their feet is what they picked up within a few inches of where they are, and bacterial loads on ants aren't much different from those in your home's air. So if we store our food next to biohazards such as insecticides, we might have reason to worry about the ants tracking poison onto our cookies. Surely it would be simpler to remove the biohazard or, better and healthier, not to buy it in the first place.

Jane Gibson,


classclown 9 years, 10 months ago

Take care of ants the natural and chemical free way. By an aardvark.

gr 9 years, 10 months ago

Isn't this being cruel to animals?Why is the paper runing advertisements to be cruel to animals?Call the PITA people!

mothernature 9 years, 10 months ago

Pure peppermint or lemon oil work great. You can use them straight or dilute in witch hazel to use in a spray bottle. Don't be stingy, douse everything in the ants path, all windows and doors, and anywhere you suspect they are getting in. You can get everything (except the spray bottle) at The Merc. Don't panic it's organic!!!

monkeyhawk 9 years, 10 months ago

Ants don't like chalk. Put some chalk lines around the area where they are prevalent, and they will quickly take a detour.

RedwoodCoast 9 years, 10 months ago

Is this Dr. Gibson? As in Jane Gibson, the anthropology professor? Anyway, pesticides kill things. That means they probably aren't good for any living organism to take into their body.

lounger 9 years, 10 months ago

Bravo Jane! In addition there are natural things that can be done...Dont let anyone con you into buying poison to put in your homes for a few bugs. I just sprayed withpoison free ant killer put out by VIctor.It works great and is natural.INERT Ingredients:85.5% water2.5% CO23.0% Lecithin5.0% Mineral Oilactive Ingredient:4.0% Mint Oil

oldmomxx 9 years, 10 months ago

Yay Jane!The chalk approach really works. Also, you know, ants are just being ants and it seems wrong somehow to kill an ant just for doing what it needs to do to survive.

jafs 9 years, 10 months ago

The group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals would be better represented by PETA, not PITA.FWIW.

pomegranate 9 years, 10 months ago

PETA means People Eating Tasty Animals. I also like Pita. Stuffed with ants? Interesting.Actually, I have accidently eaten those cute little black house ants. They are quite hot--like pepper.

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