How To Get Rid of Ants in The Garden

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Ants are small creatures but having them in your garden will be quite annoying and this will make you start to wonder on how to get rid of them from your garden.

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TERRO T1812 Outdoor Liquid Ant Killer Bait Stakes – 8 Count (0.25 oz each)

This is because a lot of people do not like to see a population of ants walking back and forth on their lawn, flowers and vegetables plantings.

For those who have learn about plant pests before, you actually know that ants are actually not harmful to your plants as they do not directly consume or affecting your plants or fruits.

Ants can be useful sometimes as they can actually control the population of some pest. Ants can eat on the eggs and larvae of many dangerous insects’ pests such as the eggs of cockroach, the flea larvae and also caterpillar.

Ants can also directly consume some pests such the termites. Please think carefully before you take any action as if you totally eliminate ants from your garden, you are actually exposing your garden to other types of insects’ pest that can really ruin your plants more severely compare to the ants.

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It is also true that sometimes ants can be somewhat harmful to your plants for example they usually protecting the aphids, one of the harmful plant pests from being eaten by the ladybirds.

The reason why they do this is because they want the supply of honey dew excreted from the aphids’ activities to be continuously available.

Ants can also make your lawn to be ugly if they start digging the soil to make their nest. You will usually see a small type of hills called anthills on your lawn.

This will also leads the children to be uncomfortable to play around the lawn of your garden. Furthermore, some ants can sting and that will give a little bit of irritation to your skin.

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If you really want to get rid of ants after thorough consideration there are actually a few ways on how can you do it and we will discuss it in the next paragraphs.

How to get rid of ants in the garden?

Actually there are many ways on how you can get rid of ants in your garden. We are only going to discuss a few ways that you can practically do it after you finish reading this article.

If we want to cover every ways on how to do it will take a very long article writing that at the end, there are probably nobody has a desire to even read it.

Ants Bait

The first way on how you can do it is by using the ants bait. The way how the ants bait works is very impressive as you are not only killing the ants that directly consume the bait that you have given, but also all the ants that are in the nest.

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TERRO T1812 Outdoor Liquid Ant Killer Bait Stakes – 8 Count (0.25 oz each)

The method in using the ants bait is you need to put the bait at the ants’ trail where ants usually go back and forth from their nest to their food source. You just need to put the bait only in a little bit of quantity.

Once an ant discover the bait, it will consume the bait. The bait consumed by the ant will not kill the ant instantly. It will allow the ant to go back to its nest together with the bait.

Once in the nest other ants in the colony will also consume the bait that the first ant brought and eventually will also die.

Ants Repellent

Another way on how you can get rid of ants in your garden is by using the ants’ repellent. There are two types of ants’ repellents that are being sold in the market.

Electronic Ants’ Repellent

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The first one is an electronic type of ants repellent and the second one is the chemical type of ants repellent. You yourself will need to decide which one you prefer to be used at your garden.

An electronic type of ants repellent is usually powered by batteries. However, there are some of them using solar as their source of power in order for them to operate.

An ant’s repellent usually works by emitting some type of ultrasonic wave that scares the insects including ants to come near to the area where you place it.

Most of the electronic ants’ repellents sold in the market are safe to human and pets that lingering around your garden. Example of ants electronic repellent being sold at is as in the picture given.

Chemical Ants Repellent

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Besides the electronic ants repellent there are also ants repellent that come in chemical form.

The chemical type of ant’s repellent can again be divided into two categories based on the ingredients that are used in making them and they are either the organic or inorganic type ingredients.

The inorganic types of ants’ repellents are usually made from pure chemicals, which have been processed into ants repellent.

You usually need to be very careful when using these types of ants’ repellents and higher consideration of safety must be put in place.

This move is to make sure that the chemical residue left after using the repellent would not harm you yourself, people around you and your pets.

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It is not recommended for you to use this type of repellents for home uses if you are not capable to take necessary safety measurements.

The second types of ants’ repellents are the organic ingredients based ants’ repellents. These types of ants’ repellents are usually safer to be used at your home as they are made from organic ingredients.

Organic ingredients are usually something that already exist all around us but have been mixed into certain recipes to be able to act as ants repellent.

By using the organic type of ants’ repellents, you do not have to worry so much when using it onto your ornamental plants or even you vegetables plant that you grow in your garden as there are no harmful chemical in its ingredients (please make sure of this by reading thoroughly the description and ingredients from the manufacturers).

Example of organic based ants repellent that available in the market are as in the above given picture.

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Cutter Natural* Bug Control Spray Concentrate (HG-95962)

The best thing when using the chemical type of ants’ repellent, either the organic type or inorganic type, you will not only be able to get rid of the ants themselves, but also many other types of insects as well.

The reason for this situation to happen, is due the most of insects’ characteristics are same. Therefore, if a chemical could get rid of the ants then most probably it could also affecting other insects too.

The Conclusion

Before you take any action on killing any ants, please bear in your mind that ants are not really a pest as they do not actually directly damage your plants.

However, if the need of getting rid of the ants is very important for you, for any reason that you have, you are free to make your choice of not having them in your garden through the way that you deemed suitable.

As usual if you have any suggestions, advises or questions please do not hesitate to leave a comment in the comment section below so that we can share it with other readers.

2 thoughts on “How To Get Rid of Ants in The Garden

  1. I have a garden and, of course, a lot of ants. I’ve never wonder about how to get rid of them though. And I’m glad to be reassured that they are not harmful to the plants, which is good enough in my book.

    However we have other parasites that are actually not welcomed. But I don’t want to use insecticide on them. do you know of another ways to get them to go?

    I’d love to hear your thoughts.

    Thanks for sharing!


    • Hi,

      Surely there is always another way on how to do things. However, as you have not specifically specified the type of parasites that are bothering you, I do not have any suggestion to give.

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