Friday, May 25, 2012

Run the Ants Out of Your Yard, Naturally!

Summer Time in Texas

Summer is here in Texas.  Mosquitoes, ants and heat.  My son has not mowed the grass, so every time I walk outside, I step on an ant hill.  I hate pesticides and refuse to use them; however, I can not live in harmony with ants in certain parts of my yard.

The Internet is a wonderful place to find information.  I have about 20 homemade recipes and another 30 ingredients to use on ant mounds.  I will be experimenting with different ingredients and publishing my findings.

If you want to experiment on your own, see the list below.

Ant Killer Ingredients

  • Salt - sprinkle salt on window sills (keeps demons away, too)
  • Chalk - draw a line and the ants won't cross it
  • Lemon juice - the smell of citrus drives ants off
  • Cayenne pepper - the hotter the better - puree in blender and be careful spreading on mounds
  • Equal parts white vinegar and water - clean while you kill inside the house
  • Orange peels pureed with water - pour around foundation, on mounds
  • Petroleum jelly - ring around the dog bowls keeps ants away
  • Corn meal, grits - pour over mound. The ants eat them. The grain expands and kills the ant.
  • Boiling water - this seems a little harsh!
  • Baking soda and vinegar - drain cleaner/ant killer--who would have thought
  • Nicotine water - soak pipe tobacco in water overnight. Strain it. Pour over mounds or spray the dirt around the plants invaded. Use gloves for this process

Follow the ant trails back to their source. Attack the root of the problem.

  • Pour Nicotine water or boiling water over the mound.
  • Fill a crater in the ant mound  1/2 with baking soda. Top up with vinegar. Chernobyl, ant style.
  • If you do not want to be killing ants, spread pureed orange peels in and around the anthills. The smell of citrus will invite them to leave.

What do you use for taking care of pests in your yard and home?

Share your knowledge, please.

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