How to get rid of ants

lowraineJune 24, 2009

If you have ants in your garden, yard or in your kitchen, I have the answer to getting rid of them. Corn meal, yes, corn meal. Someone shared this with me knowing I had had ants in my kitchen for several months. After buying several of the little black boxes that are sold everywhere I was at my wits end. Within 24 hours of putting the corn meal on the back side of my cabinets my ants were gone. How, they can't digest the meal. They carry it back to the nest and share it and they all starve to death. Hope this helps others.

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I will definitely give this a try... We have terrible ant problems every year and ant pellets can be really expensive. This would be a good cheap solution.

    Bookmark   June 25, 2009 at 1:43AM
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sinfonian(U8b A2 S5 SeaWA)

Remember though, unless they're biting ants or are eating your crops, ants are benedicial insects in the garden. The house and yard are a different story, thanks for the heads up!

    Bookmark   June 25, 2009 at 10:43AM
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ants are all over my zucchini and in the zucchini flowers. are these usually beneficial ants ?

    Bookmark   June 25, 2009 at 3:50PM
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sinfonian(U8b A2 S5 SeaWA)

Likely. If you see damage to your plant, it could be ants indirectly. They sometimes introduce aphids to plants to farm their secretions.

For the record, I've got ants all over my garden. I've learned to live with them.

    Bookmark   June 25, 2009 at 4:40PM
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I've learned to live with the ants, as long as I don't see a mound or discover a nest. I try to apply DE or dry molasses when I see the mounds or nests. I think they've been responsible for most of the pollinating going on in my garden.

Here is a link that might be useful: The Haphazard Gardener

    Bookmark   June 28, 2009 at 8:51PM
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I have a square foot garden made of stones. Ants had built a nest in one of the sides and a square, where I wanted to plant some beans. I did not want to use a poison (e.g., diazanon). My wife had an excellent suggestion. Just pour a pot of boiling water over the nest. Worked great.


    Bookmark   June 30, 2009 at 9:09PM
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ants all over my okra, and aphids so thick you cant see the flowers, they get on the immature flower buds and they are a mess.

Other ants in my garden (around a particular squash plant) did something I would have paid them to do...they ATE a SVB grub before it made it's way into the plants main stem..Saw a bit of frass and went exploring, I ended up cutting off the leaf where the worm first went in, the ants came pouring out..but after disecting the leaf stem (and seeing that no actual hole was made into the main stem, there was NO grub...ONE for the ants there.

I'm going to sprinkle corn meal around my okra plants and leave the squash ants alone, anyone know how long corn meal will hold up (ie what if it rains etc).

    Bookmark   July 5, 2009 at 5:23PM
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I've ant's in two of my beds... mostly beneficial... I like the corn meal idea... I've also tried Aspartame with some success, but I wouldn't use that around my garden.

Here is a link that might be useful: Harmony In A Redneck Garden

    Bookmark   July 11, 2009 at 11:11PM
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gardener_mary(6 MA)

I hope that corn meal works to get rid of ants. I put some down because I read that it helps reduce the late blight that has been infecting NE with all the rainy weather (I have not seen any signs of it but just hoping to head it off). I figured that it could not hurt and if it got rid of some of the ants that are around that it would be a bonus. I just hope that I'm not just feeding them, they were definately carrying lots of it away.

Good gardening, Mary

    Bookmark   July 12, 2009 at 12:58AM
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I have tiny black ants making large anthills all over my lawn. I am afraid they are destroying the grass roots. I've tried destroying the anthills with a plastic rake, but they just move a few feet away and build a new anthill. the area where the anthill used to be then becomes a bare earth patch in the lawn, soon filled with weeds or clover. What to do?

    Bookmark   June 17, 2014 at 5:10PM
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ebonwill, have you thought about boiling water? If gardening rules hold true, the ants are not destroying your lawn so much as they are there because something was wrong before they arrived. DE may be of some help too.

    Bookmark   June 20, 2014 at 2:22AM
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I have used boiling water on the ant nests and it is works! Another thing that works is peeled cucumber skins. Peel them so there is a little flesh showing and lay them out. For some reason the ants don't like it and go away. It is very effective!

    Bookmark   June 24, 2014 at 3:00PM
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The most effective ant deterrent I've found, for my garden, is pouring ground cinnamon in alternation with ground garlic (garlic about every 4th application)all around and on the plants. That combined with ensuring my plants have adequate nutrients, sun, drainage, etc. has helped more than insecticidal soap or anything else I've tried. I just buy it in bulk & reapply whenever I see ants on my plant kids. After application, they are gone by the following morning.
For ridding ants from anywhere else, I use Dawn. I pour that stuff around the corners of any place I see ants intruding into spaces where they aren't welcome. That works 100% of the time. I don't recommend putting it around your plant pots, though, unless you want a soapy mess every time it rains. ...(yes, I totally tried doing that...)

    Bookmark   June 30, 2014 at 4:13AM
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