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Ants, Ants, Everywhere...

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by srm077, Sep 13, 2008.

  1. srm077

    srm077 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 23

    I have ants all over my newly converted organic yard. What can I use that will not hurt the beneficials that I am trying so hard to build?
  2. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 10,081

    Ants are cheaper than aerators. :)

    If you don't want them there put some Borax on their hills. Not sure what Borax is but it is generally considered harmless and natural.
  3. treegal1

    treegal1 LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,911

    borax is boric acid, it works good, powdered molasses works also, my favorite is DE thats where its at for real!!!!
  4. Daner

    Daner LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,308

    The ants have been plentyfull up here In Canada this year...You can Mix some of that Borax with some sugar ...The Idea Is to get them to take It back to there nest.
    Look for there trails and place It there ...mix a little more sugar than borax
  5. FIREPLUG1111

    FIREPLUG1111 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 114

    Have you tried gasoline, the higher the octane the better it kills ants
  6. treegal1

    treegal1 LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,911

    just remind your self about that 18 foot well, and that new pond! or use some ethanol and burn the little suckers.LOLOL
  7. ICT Bill

    ICT Bill LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,115

    We have a new product that will be out in the spring Essential 1, made from essential oil, pepper and garlic, it will move ants to another area, even fire ants

    It won't kill the hive but they will move, it will even keep armadillos from digging in beds

    The biggest smell from it is cedar, not over powering
  8. treegal1

    treegal1 LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,911

    Bill, what kind of garlic??????LOLOL

    MOW PRO LAWN SERVICE LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,566

    Try bisen........
  10. 44DCNF

    44DCNF LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,460

    Your ants could be part of your beneficials. Ant eat grubs, mole crickets, and other pests. I wouldn't be too quick to try and knock them out. They may be doing you some good while there.

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