ANTS!!!!! Sandbox ploblems

Tina ChildersMay 6, 2003

My stepfather has made a very nice sandbox for my 16 mth old son. Its only about two weeks old,with new sand. I can't keep the spiders,bugs and mostly ANTS out of it. He made a cover for the top for when it rains but they still get in it. I'm afraid to let my son use it.Can ANYONE help me with this problem.PLEASE

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shlomiesdad(very hot, very dry)

I seem to recall from somewhere that ants are repelled by mint. Try powdering dried mint and spread it in the sand.

Good luck

Ethan

    Bookmark   May 7, 2003 at 3:48PM
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emilyanddavid(z7LongIslandNY)

I've used plain old soap and water in a spray bottle and sprayed the perimeter of my sandbox when I saw that they were around (I was more concerned with the "Pincher" bugs).
I only had to use it a few times and it seemed to work!!!
Hope this helps.

    Bookmark   May 23, 2003 at 11:45PM
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burntplants(8/9TX)

Cedarcide makes a bug repelant for pet beds that is basically cedar shavings. I have used it to keep fire ants out of my herb garden. It should be safe for the baby, even if he eats it (but I would check the label.) The shavings are soft, so no splinters.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2003 at 10:01AM
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Perenniallady_MA(z6 MA)

Try corn meal around the sandbox. This remedy has been passed down in my family for years. I use it in my house and yard. What happens is that the ant brings it back to the colony eats it, drinks water, and then dies because the water swells the cornmeal in their stomachs. Sound bad but it really works!

    Bookmark   June 10, 2003 at 12:52PM
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