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Old 04-08-2012, 10:52 AM   #1
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Ants in garden!

For whatever reason we have an ant infestation this year in the garden. We normally dont kill bugs unless they are in the house. We even planted around the first two ant hills. But more are moving in - up to five hills. They are black ants, but they are aggressive. I was four feet from one hill and got bit five times. The last straw was when they attacked DS. He got about 15 bites on his legs before DH got them all off.

The ants have to go. Any suggestions? I tried to dig one out, but its so massive i couldnt find the queen so they rebuilt right next to it.

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Old 04-11-2012, 05:25 PM   #2
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Re: Ants in garden!

AMDRO it says it a fire ant killer but I've used it on black ants I got mine at home depot. It's like a drug to them so they take it in fast then it kills them. I have also herd that lemons do the trick for an organic pesticide. Never tried it but wouldn't hurt to try.
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We use 1 part borax, 3 parts sugar and enough water to make it soupy. We had them in our house so we set the borax mix in saucers on our counter. It looked like we were feeding an army, but they took the poison back to their hill. We didn't see a single ant inside or outside for the rest of the summer after that. Crazy how well it worked.
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I'm all ears b/c this was a problem for me last year too when the aphids got out of control and one thing fed another.
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If you have access to the hill pour a large pot of boiling water down the nest. For hills we can't access we use the sugar and borax mixture.
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Thanks! I will try the water and then borax. We tried corn meal but that didnt work even slightly.
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