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Oct 19

Natural Ant Killer for a Vegetable Garden

A couple of weeks ago I planted all of my winter vegetables and noticed there was a nice path of ants walking right through my garden. Through my research I don’t think ants are a terrible bug to have in a garden since they clean up fungus and other dead insects. However, I could tell there were more than a few in our garden and wanted to take care of them before they got out of control. The trail was coming through our neighbors fence so I knew that the ant nest wasn’t in our yard. I researched a lot of different ideas on how to bait the ants and get them to take the poison back to the hill. Our vegetable garden is organic and we will be using no pesticides so I needed something natural to put in the garden.

I decided to go with a combination of corn meal and Borax (or boric acid). There were mixed reviews of this mixture, but I had the items on hand and thought I would give it a try.

My mixture:

  • 1 tablespoon Borax
  • 2 tablespoons of corn meal

The corn meal attracts the ants and the Borax is what will actually kill them. They then will take the bait back to the nest and the poison will eventually kill the whole nest. I put down the mixture along the trail and it took a good 4 days for the ants to disappear. It did work and I have not seen another ant again.

I will be using this mixture again in the future and strongly suggest it.

 

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