How to Get Rid of Ants

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How to Get Rid of Ants

There are many ways to get rid of ants, but in this particular article we will be discussing the organic methods for ant control. If you want to use synthetic products, you can easily visit your local home and garden store to find a section of pesticides with multiple ant killing products. You will probably find Diazinon, Dursban, Myrex, and Orthene. I don’t recommend using these products, but they do work for the intended purpose even if there are some negative consequences.

Even if you decide to treat ants organically, there is some bad advice out there for getting rid of ants in the organic community. Some pest control advocates recommend using Spinosad, Rotenone, and Diatomaceous Earth. Spinosad and Rotenone are not particularly safe or environmentally friendly. Diatomaceous Earth is not very effective as a first choice. So where does that leave you?

How to Kill Ants

The best organic method for fire ant control which has had great results for many years is a three step approach:

  1. Distribute dry molasses 20 lbs. per 1,000 sq. ft. In most cases, you will get rid of ants with this step alone, but if they still persist you should try the next two steps.
  2. Mix a solution of equal amounts of orange oil, molasses and compost tea to drench ant mounds. You can either buy these products separately and make your own mix or buy premixed commercial products. Use 4-6 ounces of this concentrate per gallon of water.
  3. Apply beneficial nematodes. Not only will these creatures kill fire ants, but they will also control termites, grubs, ticks, fleas and other lawn pests.

If you are wondering how to get rid of ants in the house, then you can always try these methods by doing a spot application on problem areas. Diatomaceous Earth is a solid option for indoor infestations. The biodiversity of microbes, insects and other natural organisms is the long term, effective ant and pest control.

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  1. nice data for horticulturist

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