- Have you ever had a problem with pesty little creatures such as ants in your garden or backyard?
I was talking to a prospective client this week who is having a problem with ants getting into their house.
They have several large trees that form a canopy over their backyard and want to eventually remove them
so that the ant problem will be solved. (They were asking me to do some other cleanup tasks since large trees
are beyond my scope.)
With my philosophical bent to handle problems as "naturally" or as "organically" as possible, I did a quick search
and found several ways to work on the ant problem by those means and thought it well worth sharing. This comes
from a forum dedicated to living green.
10 Ways To Kill Ants… Organically
1. Baking soda is poisonous to ants, spinkle it around your plants to ensure ants will stay away.
2. Flour & Baby Powder will keep ants from reaching your plants, ants will not cross the powder – so circle your plants with it.
3. You can use coffee grounds, chili powder, cinnamon, peppermint or black pepper. All deter ants and if you pour coffee grounds directly on an anthill, they will eat the coffee grounds and implode.
4. Grits, instant rice & cream of wheat can be sprinkled around plants. The ant will eat a piece of whichever you sprinkle, drink water and the grain expands and kills the ant.
5. Fill a spray bottle with 1 part vinegar and 1 part water and spray on plants. The acid in vinegar will kills ants.
6. Mix together one-third cup of molasses, six tablespoons of sugar, and six tablespoons of active dry yeast into a smooth paste. Use the mixture to coat strips of cardboard. Keep out of reach of pets and small children. You can leave mixture on a saucer outside anthill and they’ll eat it and die!
7. Fold contact paper in half, with the sticky side out and make a circle around base of plant. The ants get stuck on the paper – problem solved.
8. Cut off the bottom of a paper cup and cut a slit up the side of the cup and coat outside with vaseline and place around base of plant. You can also use packing tape.
9. Mix one cup of borax, two-thirds a cup sugar and one cup water. Dip cotton balls in the solution and place in areas near your anthill Ants will leave the plants alone and ingest the sweet mixture. The borax kills the ants.
10. Diatomaceous Earth is a commonly sold organic pesticide that will destroy the insects outer skeletons, causing the pests to die from dehydration.
And here’s another one:
We have huge ant problem but I noticed one day when using this natural furniture polish around the window panes that the ants completely disappeared. The furniture polish contains three ingredients: olive oil, orange oil and an emulsifier. I now use this stuff everywhere in the house where ants appear. They won’t go near the stuff. I asked our professional insect control person about this and he said its the orange oil…toxic to ants. The company we use also deals in organic ant control products but they use a highly concentrated rosemary oil. Anyway, I’ve rid my house of these little black pests by mistake. Hope this helps you guys. I bought the natural furniture polish at Whole Foods.
Hope you will find some useful tips here!
See you in the garden!