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How to Get Rid of Ants

September 24, 2013 - GrowOrganic
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Video Transcript
Hi I'm Tricia an organic gardener. I grow organically for a healthy and safe food supply, for a clean and sustainable environment, for an enjoyable and rewarding experience.

Ants can be a widespread and troublesome pest especially if they're indoors. Today I'm going to share my tips on how to keep them in the great outdoors where they belong. Don't be in a hurry to destroy all the ant nests on your property ants can perform beneficial functions Ants arent typically anything that you need to worry about outdoors unless they're running a scale or aphid dairy. Aphids and scale produce sweet honey dew that ants like sometimes ants actually place and protect these pests on your trees. Controlling the aphids and scale without controlling the ants can be an exercise in futility. Control the ants on trees by using an adhesive tree wrap like these from Tanglefoot if the tree is very large you can buy a tub of Tnaglefoot to apply with this tree wrap. Ants inside the house can be troublesome be proactive and seal up any entry points into your house using a sealer pay close attention to where wires and pipes come from outside to inside that can be an ant highway. Keep plants and mulches about a foot away from the foundation of your house this will help prevent nesting sites for ants close to your home. You can use these outdoor bait stations to control nests that cozy up to your house that way you can get the ants before they come inside. Sanitation is the next important step keep your kitchen clean ants are attracted to sugary and fatty types of foods so make sure and pay attention to those types of spills. If you see scout ants in your kitchen or bathroom wipe up the ant with a soapy sponge and then clean the surface thoroughly. The soap cleans away the chemical trail the scout ant leaves and prevents the rest of the nest from finding your kitchen. If you find an ant trail coming in to your home spraying it with an ant spray is really ineffective they'll just come back, the best way to get rid of your ants is to get rid of your food source and get rid of the nest. The way you get rid of the nest is with a bait station like this borax baits like this Terro are attractive baits that ants bring back to the nest and then it wipes out the problem nest. Bait stations are not an immediate fix because the ants need to carry the insecticide back to the nest and distributed throughout. Terro is a sweet bait and it's labeled for sweet loving ants which most household ants are. If you have Thief ants you might need to find a different bait as they are only occasionally sweet eaters and much more attracted to fats and grease. These indoor bait stations are great to control ants that come inside. Make sure you place the bait stations out of the reach of children and pets place the bait stations away from areas where you prepare food like in a cupboard or perhaps a window sill. Ants can also get into your house plants. To take care of that start by taking the plant outdoors. Prepare a solution according to the directions of water and an organic insecticide that's labeled for ants. Place your pot inside the solution until the water covers the pot this will kill the nest. Once you're sure the nest is gone you can take the plant back inside. Control ants successfully and grow organic for life

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Categories: Organic Pest Control, Insect Control

Billy Says:
Oct 9th, 2013 at 10:15 am

Great video. When the ants get out of hand farming scales on my indoor dwarf citruses, anthuriums and budding palm fronds and sponging them off is not going to do the trick, I use a solution of dish soap, lemon juice and vodka diluted in a spray bottle. Have to be careful it’s not too strong to hurt the plant and use just enough to kill the scales. It usually takes three applications 3 days apart.

Charlotte from Peaceful Valley Says:
Oct 10th, 2013 at 2:32 pm

Thanks for sharing your tips, Billy!

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