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How to kill ants in the garden naturally

Kill Garden Ants Naturally

Ants are the most annoying and irritable creatures prevailing in every nook and corner of the world. They usually stay in colonies and invade your garden. Ants ruin the roots and chew main stem of a plant. There are many types of ants and majority of them can spoil your beautiful garden for their food and stay.

Fire ants are more dangerous as they can cause damage to humans and pets with their stinging bites. Carpenter ants damage the plant structures. It is a tedious job to show the ants exit way from our garden. If you use harmful chemicals and pesticides, the ants may die causing extensive damage to your plants and environment.

However, you can kill them in a natural way without using any harmful pesticides that too without causing any major dent to your wallet. These natural methods not only kill the ants of your beautiful garden but also frighten other ants to enter into your territory.

Here are some tips to kill ants in the garden naturally:

a) Black pepper Powder

Spraying black pepper powder around your plants is a better and safe idea. Ants will be afraid to cross this hot powder. If there are already ants on the plant, mix the pepper powder in water sprinkle on the plant too.

1. Difficulty Level

I. Locating the ant colonies is a difficult task.

II. The stings of fire ants can threaten a person’s health.

III. Killing the queen ant is difficult task.

2. Time Taken: 15 Minutes

3. Things required

I. A good spray bottle

II. Black pepper/ fresh pepper powder – Quantity as per the size of your garden

III. Mixer grinder for making pepper into powder

IV. Mesh

4. Process

I. Grind the dry black pepper in a mixer grinder.

II. Mix the water in the pepper powder, stir thoroughly and soak for five minutes.

III. Filter this liquid through a mesh and pour in a spray bottle.

IV. Spray on the plants and around them on the ground..

V. Repeat spraying at every alternate day for one week and thereafter do at fortnightly.

5. Quick Tips

I. Safeguard your eyes, nose and skin from this black pepper powder to avoid burning sensation.

II. Keep this solution away from children.

6. FAQ’s

1. Is there any danger if I spray the pepper on the plants?

Ans: No, this may cause only a little scar to leaves and nothing else.

2. What is the measure of pepper powder to be mixed with water?

Ans: Two to three table spoons of pepper powder in 1 gallon of water.

7. Things to watch out for

  • Locate the dangerous Fire ants and spray more solution on them.
  • Check the ants’ entry point and concentrate more there.

b) Corn Meal with boric acid

By feeding the ants with cornmeal, which is saturated with Boric-acid, we can kill them. Cornmeal is used as bait to attract ants while toxic Boric-Acid kills them.

1. Difficulty Level

a) Mixing cornmeal and Boric-acid in a proper ratio is difficult.

b) Locating the ant colonies is a difficult task.

2. Time Taken: 15 Minutes

3. Things required

a) A tin of pre-mixed cornmeal saturated with Boric-acid.

4. Process

a) Buy pre-mixed cornmeal saturated with Boric-acid.

b) If you don’t get pre-mixed one, then take one kg of pure cornmeal; add one cup of water, and 3 spoons of Boric-acid powder.

c) Mix them thoroughly and spray liberally the top of anthills and all around.

5. Quick Tips

a) Try to buy the pre-mixed cornmeal from a branded company.

b) Keep the Boric-acid powder away from children.

6. FAQ’s

1) Is this method safe for plants and for me?

Ans: Yes, hundred percent safe.

2) Why the proportionate mixture of cornmeal and Boric-acid required?

Ans: If the mixture is too weak (i.e. Boric-acid is less), then ants will not die. Else, the servant ants will die before supplying this food to queen ant, which lays enormous eggs with in no time.

7. Things to watch out for

Try to find out all the anthills at a time to prevent escaping of ants through other inter-connected hill holes.

c) Sugar with Boric-acid

We know that the Boric-acid is toxic for ants; hence bait is necessary to attract them for eating Boric-acid. Here we are using sugar as bait, which is readily available in every home.

1. Difficulty Level

a) Locating the ant colonies is a difficult task.

b) Killing the queen ant is difficult task.

2. Time Taken: 15 minutes

3. Things required

1. 2 tablespoons Boric-acid

2. 1 cup water

3. 2 cups sugar

4. Process

1. Dissolve the sugar in water completely.

2. Take the Boric-acid powder in a bowl and add sugar-water solution.

3. Pour this mixture in a bottle with hole in the lid and spray all around.

5. Quick Tips

1. Try to buy the pre-mixed solution of sugar-water and Boric acid for maintaining proper ratios.

2. Keep the Boric-acid powder away from children.

6. FAQ’s

Q) If Boric-acid is contacted with eyes of children, what to do?

A) Clean the eyes with pure water and immediately consult your doctor.

Q) How to kill queen ant?

A) Make proportionate mixture as discussed and pour directly into all anthills.

7. Things to watch out for

Watch out for the flow of ants for few days and try to change the ratios of the contents if necessary on a trial-and-error basis.

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