Dealing with ants

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Dealing with ants

Postby MichaelB » Fri Oct 09, 2009 1:30 pm

Ants can be a real problem at times. Here's some things you may want to try before reaching for that can of insecticide, depending on the application:

- Pouring lemon juice around areas ants frequent.

- Baking soda can deter ants - pour a solid line in areas of activity and they won't cross it.

- A ring of coffee grounds around sensitive plants can discourage ants.

- A puree blend of orange peel and water can be applied to an area to discourage ants from crossing.

- Ants hate vinegar; so spray it around doorways and other areas they frequent to repel them. A small container of vinegar mixed with honey placed in affected areas appears to do the trick too.

- Pouring boiling water over their tracks (destroys the scent trail).

- Sprinkling a circle of ground cloves around the pet food bowls

- Planting mint around vegetable patches, flower beds and around the house.

- Citrus oil is a good deterrent; it can soaked into a piece of string and place around scent trails.

Have any earth friendly tips for dealing with ants? Please add them to this thread.
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Re: Dealing with ants

Postby Gordon-Loomberah » Fri Oct 09, 2009 9:54 pm

I use a mix of borax, icing sugar or honey and water in around my inverter, chargers etc to kill ants that want to live where the power is. I have had one inverter seriously damaged by ants nesting inside it (over $1000 to have repaired). I just put drops of it around the area on flat surfaces and they eat it.

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Re: Dealing with ants

Postby Joey » Sun Oct 11, 2009 5:06 am

When we did some remote camping an aboriginal guide told us they urinate on ant nests where they want to keep ants away from. , it even works on the larger soldier ant nests.
Might want to be careful urinating on your inverters though :)
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Re: Dealing with ants

Postby eileen » Mon Oct 12, 2009 8:18 pm

What a list of things that help. I usually just use the cheapest talcum powder - ants don't like to cross it. After a few days the ants usually have disappeared completely, at which time the powder can simply be cleaned up.
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