The prosecco is on ice, the linens are out, and the charcuterie board is ready to go—yep, your summer garden fête is practically perfect. Except for one small snag: an army of ants has decided to crash the party.
Before you reach for the bug spray, maybe give this bizarre hack from Twitter a go.
User @ChristineFox_ tweeted recently the interesting observation that ants hate chalk. “Draw a chalk ring around your drink or outline your coasters and they won’t cross the line,” she revealed, with a couple of photos of chalk lines and seemingly reluctant ants.
The genius tip was retweeted more than 4,000 times and many people responded that they, too, had discovered this weird summer hack.
Except that it’s not totally foolproof. San Jose, California paper The Mercury News debunked the theory, explaining that “ordinary chalk may temporarily deter or detour ants, but only temporarily.” They added that anything that disrupts the ant’s scent trail will briefly stop the insects but “it doesn’t take long, however, for the ants to continue their quest.”
Meaning that you could try to draw a protective line of chalk around your appetizers to confuse the ants, but don’t be surprised if they find a way to sample your Brie and fig platter eventually.