Saturday, November 19, 2011

How do I get rid of ants in my flower beds without using pesticides? Is there something natural I can use?

Ants seem to dislike spearmint, tansy, %26amp; sweet fern . Plant these nearby to keep ants away.

Oils in the peel of the orange are said to be toxic to ants. Grind them up with water, strain %26amp; spray on ants.

Throw coal ash on ants to disperse them from the area .

How do I get rid of ants in my flower beds without using pesticides? Is there something natural I can use?
Get rid of ants around plants.....Kate Higgins

Either put epsom salts around the base of your plants %26amp; cover with mulch, or dissolve the epsom salts in water %26amp; pour around base. The salts are absorbed into the roots %26amp; gets rid of ants. Reapply every week or so.


To keep ants out of a house or a garden: sprinkle ground cinnamon around base of house. (I get the bulk cheap stuff works great no ants in 7 yrs!) You can also sprinkle it on ant beds, to kill the ants (or they will travel to your neighbors yards). For your garden: sprinkle concentrated lemon juice round the whole garden, keeps ants %26amp; insects out of garden. Both are ok to use if you have pets or little kids around, safe for all to use %26amp; you can get the kids to do it for you without worry! Contributed by

ANTS formula 2:


* Boric Acid

* Sugar

* Cotton Balls

Mix Boric Acid and Sugar in a bowl. Then soak Cotton ball in Mixture and let dry. Place Cotton balls in path of Ants.Contributed by Michelle Potter
Reply:You can spinkle pepper in the ant hills and AROUND your flowers that should get rid of them. Or you could always get yourself an ant eater
Reply:i have used cinnamon and they cleared out of my roses
Reply:I know they don't like baking soda. I sprinkle baking soda around our back entrance way to keep them out of the house.

I did a little more research and I found out that you can sprinkle Cayenne pepper around in spots where the ants are and they will leave. Also, if the ant bed is too close to the house, pour cayenne pepper down into the hole of the ant bed.

Hope this helps!
Reply:cream of wheat works well

also cinnamon will help deter
Reply:I have had good look with cayenne pepper, or chili powder. The only thing is, it doesn't last too long. You will need to re-apply it every few days, especially if it rains.
Reply:sugar water in a jar so they drown when they go in
Reply:Sprinkle grits around and they will eat the grits and bust.

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