I’ve told this story before so forgive me if you’ve heard it.
My then 100 yr old grandmother (who raised 13 children, living in a shack, married to a subsistence farmer!) taught it to me.
I was complaining of ants in my first student digs (unlikely to see any repair), I really didn’t want to use any chemicals. She said this is what she had always used.
What I was told is that cucumber, which grows on the ground contain, in their skin, a natural ant repellent. She said to peel a cucumber and cram the pieces into any crack I could find where ever I thought they might be coming in. She assured me it would not rot, only dessicate and yet continue to be effective.
I wasn’t really convinced, but I had a cucumber and the ants were really bugging me.
So I followed her instructions, all the while being heaped with abuse from my skeptical roommates.
I’m here to tell you it worked exactly as described. Never saw another ant, lived there another 4 yrs, never had to repeat the procedure.
(I made a lovely cucumber salad with the remains, yum.)
Now, not very many people I tell this story to give it much weight, the few, the open minded, and those with cucumbers on hand who actually give it a try never fail to tell me of the outstanding success of something they were so skeptical about.
Got a cucumber? Give it a try.