Ants are a tricky pest – some are
harmless, and often they’re a sign of other detrimental pests, like aphids,
rather than a problem themselves. If you want to get
rid of ants in the garden, however, there are several different
methods you can try. Here are 7 tricks to help keep pesky ants away.
has a low pH that isn’t good for ants. If you know the location of a problem
ant hill, pour vinegar directly onto the center of the mound until the soil is
saturated. Alternatively, you can pour the vinegar in a ring around your garden
or infested plants to form a barrier the ants won’t want to cross.
Boiling water. If you know where the ant hills
are and you want to kill the ants rather than just deter them, pour boiling
water into the center of the hill several days in a row. This ought to kill the
colony or at least greatly reduce its size.
has a number of uses in the garden but you probably didn’t know ant
control was one of them. Many species of ants hate ground cinnamon and will not
walk on it if they can help it. Buy a large quantity in bulk and pour it out in
a thick line around your garden to form a barrier.
Beneficial nematodes. Some nematodes are parasites that
kill ants and other pests very efficiently. You can buy and introduce these beneficial
nematodes into the soil yourself.
Beneficial plants. Catnip, chrysanthemum, garlic, and
tansy have all been known to have ant repelling properties, and planting them
around the garden should help drive ants away. Marigolds sometimes attract
ants, and these can be planted far from more important plants as a “trap
Lemon spray. Fill a spray bottle with water and
several drops of pure lemon juice to create a spray that should drive away ants
without making your plants smell strange.
Coffee grounds. Ants don’t like coffee, but
luckily plants do. Scatter your used coffee
grounds around the garden to deter ants and add much needed
nutrients to the soil in one go.