How to Get Rid of Ants in the Garden Bed and Soil
Before trying to get rid of any ants in your garden, ask yourself why you want to get rid of ants. Some ants species are destructive, like Carpenter Ants, while others are aggressive and territorial, like the Fire Ants, so it’s understandable to want them out of your property. However, other species of ants are beneficial to your garden most of the time, as they are predators that can keep the population of other pests in check.
If you need to get rid of ants in your lawn, garden, or yard, get rid of their food source. Clean up your house, vacuum the ground, and store pet food after they’ve eaten, as ants will look for any crumbs of food on the floor. After getting rid of their food source, go for their nest and add other preventative measures.
1. Pour boiling water into anthills. They are often large underneath, so repeat the process a few times to flood the entire nest.
2. Use powdered cayenne pepper or cinnamon. This repels some species, but it won’t kill them, only deny a food source.
3. Get rid of aphids. They produce honeydew, which attracts ants and serves as a food source for them.