Thank you, thank you to everyone who emailed me ideas about my ant problem. I am starting in on this list today- well, perhaps tomorrow since the rain would just wash everything away today.
1. Baking soda is poisonous to ants, spinkle it ...around your plants to ensure ants will stay away.
Flour & Baby Powder will keep ants from reaching your plants, ants
will not cross the powder – so circle your plants with it.
can use coffee grounds, chili powder, cinnamon, peppermint or black
pepper. All deter ants and if you pour coffee grounds directly on an
anthill, they will eat the coffee grounds and implode.
instant rice & cream of wheat can be sprinkled around plants. The
ant will eat a piece of whichever you sprinkle, drink water and the
grain expands and kills the ant. :)
5. Fill a spray bottle with 1 part vinegar and 1 part water and spray on plants. The acid in vinegar will kills ants.
Mix together one-third cup of molasses, six tablespoons of sugar, and
six tablespoons of active dry yeast into a smooth paste. Use the mixture
to coat strips of cardboard. Keep out of reach of pets and small
children. You can leave mixture on a saucer outside anthill and they’ll
eat it and die!
7. Fold contact paper in half, with the sticky
side out and make a circle around base of plant. The ants get stuck on
the paper – problem solved.
8. Cut off the bottom of a paper cup
and cut a slit up the side of the cup and coat outside with vaseline and
place around base of plant. You can also use packing tape.
Mix one cup of borax, two-thirds a cup sugar and one cup water. Dip
cotton balls in the solution and place in areas near your anthill Ants
will leave the plants alone and ingest the sweet mixture. The borax
kills the ants.
10. Diatomaceous Earth is a commonly sold organic
pesticide that will destroy the insects outer skeletons, causing the
pests to die from dehydration.