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0 comments | Monday, August 21, 2006

Ant Control

How to Get Rid of Ants Naturally

I don't have a huge problem with ant control. Most of the toads we have lurking around the farm do a good job of keeping them within bounds. But I do have some friends that have an ant control problem and would like a way to get rid of the ants naturally without all of the harsh chemical ant sprays. A neighbor of mine had some crawling up the wall on his house just several days back and pulled out the ant spray and zapped them. A few days later, I noticed that the leaves on a plant that was nearby where he sprayed the leaves were turning brown and dying off. I would hate to think that ant spray got on my skin, or worse, in my lungs and was doing the same thing. So I can understand my friends wanting a way to control ants naturally. So let's get to how to get rid of ants naturally. I'll list several known ant control methods.

How to Get Rid of Ants Naturally

  • Use an orange oil soil drench mixture of 1 gallon of water to 2 ounces of orange oil. For control, soak the holes where ants are emerging from the ground and also in any places where they congregate.
  • Salt and pepper are not just for the kitchen table. Sprinkle liberally around and into the entrances of ant hills and holes where ants are entering and exiting the soil. Even though the ants may now look appetizing, please do not eat them. This ant control method works with cayenne pepper as well.
  • Grow some mint in pots just for controlling ants. Snip off a few twigs of spearmint or peppermint and layer over the ant hill or ant holes.
  • Breed toads. Toads are our favorite natural ant control method.
  • Make a sugar-water-borax trap. Fill one pint jar with a cup of water. Add a half cup of borax and a half cup of sugar. Mix thoroughly with the water and set in the ground, with the rim only an inch or two above the soil surface. Place a bowl or a curved plate over top of the jar. The mixture will draw the ants to the treasure and the borax will kill the ants.

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