How You Can Get Rid Of Ants Naturally
Ants can be funny little creatures and sometimes, it’s hard to figure out whether or not they are great for your garden.
On the one hand, they can help your garden in many ways. For one, they can control pests by eating their eggs and young as well as by disturbing their feeding.
They can also improve the pollination rate of your plants while supporting a healthy ecosystem in your garden, they help aerate the soil and speed up the decomposition of leaves and other organic material.
On the other hand, they can also hurt your garden. They love all things sweet so if you’re growing fruits, they can damage some of your produce.
They also tend to feed on honeydew produced by pests such as mealybugs which protects the latter from their natural predators.
What’s more, certain species like fire ants and carpenter ants can cause you pain while working in the garden. If you aggravate them, they could bite or sting you.
If you find that ants are wreaking havoc in your lawn or garden, you might want to consider these tips to Get Rid Of Ants Naturally:
Use Boiling Water on Ant Hills
The most common way to control ants in your garden is by pouring boiling water into ant hills or nests. You might have to do this several times to get rid of all the ants in your garden.
Spray Ants with Dishwashing Liquid and Oil
Mix one quart of water with half a teaspoon of liquid dish soap and one and a half teaspoons of cooking oil and place it in a spray bottle. Use this mixture to suffocate ants and control them.
Use Boric Acid and Sugar
To get rid of ants naturally mix equal amounts of boric acid and sugar until it turns into a paste. Place small amounts of the mixture near their nests.
The sugar will attract them. Once they consume this mixture and bring the rest back to their queen, they will begin to die because of the boric acid.
Use White Vinegar
If you need a quick fix that won’t hurt your soil or the plants in your garden, use white vinegar. Pouring vinegar on an anthill can kill them on contact.
Bring in Nematodes
When looking to get rid of ants naturally, don’t forget predators. Nematodes and ants are natural enemies. These microscopic creatures enter their bodies and release bacteria that can kill them in 24 to 48 hours.
However, you need to make sure to use nematodes that are not plant-parasitic so they won’t damage your crops.
Use Food-Grade Diatomaceous Earth
Food-grade diatomaceous earth is made from the shells of fossilized diatoms. It contains sharp granules that can penetrate the bodies of ants and cause them to die of dehydration in two weeks.
Ground Cinnamon to Repel Ants
If you’re just looking to repel them and not kill them, you can sprinkle ground cinnamon around your garden patch. They won’t cross this barrier and will likely look for other places to build their nest.
Alternatively, you can use ground-up chalk to keep them away from your garden.
Hopefully these solution will help you Get Rid Of Ants Naturally in your yard and garden. Do you have any more tips? Please share them in the comments below.
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