- Author: Paul McCollum
To all the lovely people,
Here is an article about Ants that some of you may find helpful. I seldom have ant problems except for in my worm boxes occasionally. I add moisture to them and the ants go away. This spring we have noticed ants outside around the house and at church inside the kitchen. Please write if you have any questions.
Get Rid of Ants in Your Vegetable Garden
Getting rid of ants in the garden has to be one of the most popular questions that I have personally received in many emails and posts on the vegetable gardening Facebook page. I probably should have answered how to get rid of ants a while ago, but alas I have not created any blog post to date on the topic, so here are some remedies from the research I have conducted. What makes this topic tough is that not all remedies work, and with over 12,000 species of ants, not all ants are technically bad for your home vegetable garden. So here are some home remedies that you can give a try. The first idea is one of my own that I read years ago and that is to use cornmeal. The upside to this method is that you will reduce the ant population, cornmeal is safe for your plants, and it is fairly inexpensive and widely available at any supermarket. The downside to this method, is that it takes a lot of applications to start seeing results and you may not wipe out the colony, which is probably what you are shooting for here. Another example of a good ant fighting method that is safe for plants, is direct spraying with a vinegar and water mixture. Equal parts will do. I have not tried this method personally as I like the cornmeal method, but the idea here is that the low pH of the vinegar is not good for the ants and it will kill them.
I can see an immediate issue with this method and that is, if you have a lot of ants, this could be a lot of work. It is also a direct method, which means you are only going to get what you can see. I highly doubt this will affect the ant colony underneath the soil that you can not see. If you have a small problem with ants, this could be quick and affective. If your problem is much larger, you may want to go a different route. Finally, this third method is extremely popular. Why? Because it works, and it's quick. OK, fairly quick, but you get the idea. That is to mix equal parts of Borax and something sweet like jelly in a bowl. Then place the bowl where your ants are. Because of the sweetness of the jelly, the ants will surely consume the borax laden concoction and kill the ants. Borax, also known as sodium borate, sodium tetraborate, or disodium tetraborate, is an important boron compound, a mineral, and a salt of boric acid. Powdered borax is white, consisting of soft colorless crystals that dissolve easily in water. When consumed by the ants they are unable to digest it which really messes them up on the inside. It has also been said that it wreaks havoc on their exterior as well. In other words, Borax works as a great one two punch, outside and inside of the ant! Also according to http://www.boraxforants.com/, when you make a paste with Borax, water and sugar, they will take that gel paste back to their queen which will wipe out their colony, and that is what you are looking for! There are even more solutions than these 3. You can find them at Exterminate House Ants with 13 Natural ingredients. There you will find all kinds of cool solutions, including the few I wrote about here.
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