Looking for a natural way for stop ants in your landscape and garden?
Ants can cause all sorts of issues throughout the landscape. In addition, ant colonies that thrive in the yard can easily make their way indoors. And that is where they can really wreak havoc.
Although there are many commercial insecticides available to combat ants, they have their drawbacks. Not only can they be potentially hazardous to household pets, they can also kill of beneficial insects as well. But there are more natural and less invasive options for controlling ants. And yes, they actually work!
3 Great Methods To Stop Ants Naturally
#1 Boiling Hot Water and Dish Soap
One of the most effective ways to kill a colony of ants is with two simple ingredients, water and common dish soap.
Add 2 to 3 teaspoons of liquid dish soap to a large pot of water. Heat the water until it begins to boil.
Next, slowly pour the scalding water down the entrance of the ant hill. The water and liquid soap will kill most of the colony as it penetrates the channels of the underground colony.
It is best to pour the boiling water down the ant hill early in the morning, or late in the evening. This ensures that the majority of the ants are present, and not out foraging.
Wait a day or two after applying and re-check the hill. If you still see a few signs of life, re-apply again until all signs of life have vanished.
Who knew vinegar could be so valuable to the home gardener!
Not only is vinegar great for controlling weeds in driveways, sidewalks and walkways (see : Controlling Weeds With Vinegar), it’s also a great when trying to stop ants in their tracks.
For controlling ants, inexpensive store-bought vinegar (5% solution) will work perfectly well. Simply open and pour down the opening of the ant hill. Again, pouring in the early morning or late evening is best.
Much like with the water and soap solution, wait a few days to see if there is still activity, and re-apply if necessary.
Baking Soda and Powdered Sugar
Baking soda and powdered sugar is another homemade remedy that works well against ants.
Baking soda is deadly to ants when consumed. By mixing it with powdered sugar and placing it in and around the ant hill opening, the ants consume the mixture, and the colony is killed off.
Regular sugar will not have the same results as powdered sugar. The grains of traditional granulated sugar are large enough that the ants can tell the difference, and will leave the baking soda alone.
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