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But after doing some internet research we think we have finally found a way to rid ourselves of these unwelcome guests.
First we mix together one part borax (a product we sometimes add to our laundry detergent) and three parts sugar. Then we add one part water and one part syrup and stir well. We then put dabs of this mixture on pieces of cardboard and set them around where our six-legged guests are most likely to find them.
And find them they will. They love this sweet stuff, not realizing that it contains a poison they will unknowingly carry home to their colony.
Of course no one has warned them that not every instantly gratifying pleasure is actually good for them. And that in fact many such self-indulgences may not only result in their own demise, but cause destruction among their relatives as well.
I don't mean to sound heartless here, but when it comes to these household pests, I experience far more relief than grief at the thought.
Meanwhile, as a preacher, I can't help but think there must be a sermon illustration in here somewhere.