There are more than 12,000 species of ants around the world. Some of them invade our homes, some invade our cars, and most ants invade our gardens. The abundance of fresh food that our garden offers is what attracts the ants. Ants are very persistent and they are not easy to contain. Putting fences around the garden is also ineffective because the ants will just get through it. Pesticides and insecticides is also a big NO! While pesticides and insecticides may solve you of your ant problem, other insects that are beneficial to your garden will also be killed by these chemicals and it is also damaging to the environment. The best way to control and rid your ant problem in your garden is by natural method and there are many ways to do these.
Here are 6 effective ways to get rid of ants in the garden
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Vinegar is a natural ant repellent. Ants leave pheromones whenever they go and that is what the ants follow to go on their business day in and day out. By using vinegar spray, we can erase these pheromone trails and at the same time repel the ants in our garden. Just spray the leaves of the plants and also the trail that the ants follow. Just repeat this process for about a week and your ant problem will be solved.
2. Soapy Water
This process is simple but effective. Just mix soap and water in a spraying bottle and spray it all over your garden. Soap kills ants by destroying their exoskeletons and the soap also erases the pheromone trails that the ants leave.
3. Coffee Grounds
Ants and other insect pests such as slugs hate coffee grounds. The smell of caffeine that is in the coffee grounds is the main reason why ants avoid anything that has to do with coffee grounds. By sprinkling your garden with coffee grounds, the ants will surely keep away from your garden.
4. Corn Meal
Corn mill acts as a double edge sword for ants. They love it so much that it is a food to die for for these insects literally. When ants bring corn mill into their nests and then feast on it, the result is instant death. Since ants cannot digest corn mill, their stomachs will expand and in due time it will burst instantly killing the ants. It may be a gruesome and brutal way for these insects to die but if it rids you of your ant problem, then, it is a good method to consider.
An ordinary salt can also be used in repelling ants. It may not kill the ants but it can get rid of them just the same. Just spray a water and salt solution in your garden. Spray it to the ants pheromone trails as well as in their nest. You can also sprinkle salt along your garden where ants are present. Just keep repeating and doing this method until the ants are gone in your garden.
6. Lemon Juice
Best used in making delicious lemonades, lemon juice can also be used as a very effective way of repelling ants in the garden. Just spray it around the garden, into your plants, and into the nest of the ants. The smell of the lemon juice will mess up the ants senses.