Are you finding ants in your garden? If so, you need to do something about it before it turns into a serious infestation. The best way to get rid of them is to have pest control services like Dependable Pest Control set ant baits. These have poison that is disguised as food. The worker ants carry the food back to their colonies. The colonies eat the food, and they die.
If your problems are not that serious and you want to try some home remedies first, there are a few things you can do to try and get rid of the ants yourself.
Turn the Soil
In the spring and fall, turn the soil in your garden several times. This is going to get rid of ants that are hibernating. If you notice any anthills, turn these over as well. By doing this during the off-seasons, you will have gotten rid of a lot of the ants before gardening season begins again.
If you notice ants crawling on plants in your garden, wash the plants. There is a substance on plants that smells and tastes sweet to ants, and all you have to do is pour water on the plants to get rid of this substance.
Plant some Mint
While ants are attracted to many plants, they are repelled by mint. This pretty, aromatic plant is easy to grow, and you can plant it throughout your garden to keep the ants away. It is also a good idea to plant mint in other parts of your yard so the ants don’t simply migrate to another area. Other plants that ants hate include eucalyptus and peppers.
Get Rid of Ant Hills
Whenever you notice any ant hills in your garden or yard, you need to get rid of the ants inside. There are many safe methods, including pouring boiling water into the ant hills to kill the ants. Another method involves soaking tobacco in boiling water, and then pouring the dirty water into the ant hills. The water doesn’t need to be boiling as tobacco is poisonous to ants, and should kill them.
If these treatments do not help to get rid of the ants in your garden, then it is time to call in professional pest control services. If you let it go and the problem gets out of control, the ants could end up getting inside your home where they can find food.