Ants are not an uncommon problem in most gardens, as they love to feed off the fruits of your labor and whatever waste may be in the garden. Because you don’t want to take any drastic measures to eliminate the ants that could potentially harm your garden, a natural form of deterrence and elimination is your best bet.
How to Get Rid of Garden Ants
Below you will learn about some of the most effective, natural ways to get rid of ants from the garden, and you can decide which strategy (or combination of strategies) is best for you.
1. Dish Soap and Oil
Using a funnel, pour a ½ teaspoon of liquid dish soap, 1 ½ tablespoons of canola oil, and 1 quart of water into a spray bottle. Mix and shake well (you can also mix the ingredients together beforehand). Spray the solution in areas where the ants have taken over.
Pour 1 quart of 5% concentration white distilled vinegar into the ant’s nest. The acid will kill the ants on contact. This is not something you’ll want to spray throughout the garden as it may harm your crops or flowers.
3. Diatomaceous Earth
Diatomaceous earth is a natural pesticide and works by suffocating the ants. Be sure to wear a mask when applying it in the garden, and focus on ants nests or their place of origin.
4. Cayenne Pepper Mixture
Another natural anticide recipe consists of 3 tablespoons of cayenne pepper, ½ teaspoon of dish soap (liquid of course), and 1 quart of water. Mix together the ingredients, then use a spray bottle to apply it to the nest and wherever the ants may be wandering throughout the garden.
5. Orange or Cucumber Peels
Sprinkle these peels in high-ant traffic areas. The peels break down the food in the garden that the ants are feeding off of, and will force them to move elsewhere.
6. Red Pepper
Sprinkling crushed red pepper flakes along with some dehydrated peppermint (or spray the peppermint oil) wherever the ants are wandering will get rid of them and keep them away. The ants will try to avoid the pepper and peppermint and they will relocate. Once they’ve relocated, use the mixture along the outside of your garden to keep them away.
Be sure to keep compost, trash, and organic waste away from your lawn and garden. Also, be sure to keep your garden healthy, pruning and trimming as needed and eliminating any deteriorating fruits, vegetables, and leaves.
These natural ways will help to get rid of ants naturally and effectively. Once you have eliminated them from your garden, incorporate some of the deterrence strategies (orange and cucumber peels, red pepper, moving your garbage, etc.) to keep them out for good.