Welcome to my site about pest control. I'm Miranda Maloney. Although many people fuss loudly about the presence of spiders in the home, these creatures often clear out the bugs that cause far worse problems. Spiders consume beetles, cockroaches, moths and other pests that wreak havoc throughout the house. Thankfully, however, you can hire a pest control professional to eliminate bugs in your home if you do not want to co-habitate with spiders. In fact, pest control professionals can eliminate the spiders as well. I will share information about pest control tactics, both natural and commercial, on this site. Please follow along to learn more.
Many types of ants in your garden can be helpful, as they eat aphids, caterpillars, and other pests that can harm your plants. However, some ants can eat the fruit of your vegetable plants and berries, and others will build ant mounds where their nests are located and bite you anytime you disturb their nest. Here are some tips and tricks to help you get rid of the ants in your yard and garden.
Direct Nest Treatments
Many times when your garden has a problem with ant infestation, especially when the ants are biting your legs and feet while you are working in your garden, you may be able to see their nest mound on top of the soil. Many types of ants will built a mound of soil up to the entrance of their nest, similar in shape to a volcano. When you know the location of their nest, you can treat the interior of the nest with several types of garden-safe and homemade insecticides.
First, you can make a tea from pipe tobacco and water, boiling it for several minutes. Cool the tea and strain the leaves from it and pour the water into the opening to the ant nest. The tobacco tea is harmful to the ants and will kill them within the nest. You can also boil a pot of water and dump the boiling water into the nest to kill the ants inside. Or, pour white vinegar into the nest to kill off the ant colony. White vinegar has a low pH which is harmful to the exterior of the ants.
Garden Plant Treatments
There are also some treatments you can use around various plants throughout your garden where the ants are a problem. This can be helpful when you are not able to locate the ant nest, as the worker ants will carry it back to the nest.
Combine boric acid with granular sugar to create a sweet poison that will attract the ants in your garden. You can also combine Borax, sugar, and a little water to make a paste. Sprinkle bits of this paste around specific plants that have become subjected to destruction from the ants, or you can place some in an empty soda can and set it inside your garden. As the ants find the sugar and boric acid, they will carry it back to the nest and to the queen, which can kill off the entire colony.
Use these tips to help you get rid of harmful ants in your garden.