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How to get rid of ants

Posted by lowraine (My Page) on
Wed, Jun 24, 09 at 22:53

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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RE: How to get rid of ants

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.


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RE: How to get rid of ants

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!


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RE: How to get rid of ants

ants are all over my zucchini and in the zucchini flowers. are these usually beneficial ants ?


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RE: How to get rid of ants

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.


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RE: How to get rid of ants

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


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RE: How to get rid of ants

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.

Bryan


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RE: How to get rid of ants

  • Posted by rjinga middle ga, zone 8 (My Page) on
    Sun, Jul 5, 09 at 17:23

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).


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RE: How to get rid of ants

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


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RE: How to get rid of ants

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


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