Ants are useful and important for our ecosystem: they arrange the garden, loosen the soil, germinate new flowers by spreading seeds and eat a lot of pests. However, sometimes animals become a problem for amateur gardeners and homeowners, which is why the question then arises: How can you fight ants effectively? Especially when they are scattered in large numbers in the garden and flower pots, undermine the porch or even wander happily around the house and apartment to feast on sugary cookie crumbs.
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Define your garden problem:
Our garden is distorted
Our garden has bare spots or gaps
Weeds, algae or mushrooms grow in our garden
When searching, you come across many poisonous substances – from bait cans to insect spray. But it doesn’t have to be the chemical club: There are many biological methods that can be used to fight ants. We present three proven options with advantages and disadvantages.
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1. Lavender oil to repel ants
Ants have a good sense of smell. For example, they use scents or pheromones to direct other animals to a food source or to communicate with each other. So many strong scents can be used to cover up trails and confuse and eventually drive away ants. Lavender essential oil is a proven home remedy. Spray it on the ant trail to prevent workers from finding their way home, or directly on the nest to encourage ants to leave. Therefore, lavender oil is a nice way to get rid of ants — at least for a while. In the open air, the smell fades quickly with rain, but it also loses its intensity over time. In the garden as well as at home and in the apartment, you have to repeat this method from time to time.
By the way: Planting lavender in problem areas or setting branches can help. In addition, other strong-smelling agents such as vinegar, cinnamon, and lemon peel are also useful in keeping young animals at a distance.
2. Move the ants to the flower vase
If ants become a nuisance, especially in the garden and raised bed, you can simply use a flower pot. Properly set up, it works like a small carrier for an ant colony. Although this method requires some patience, it is probably the cutest. And it’s that easy: Fill loose soil into a larger clay pot with a hole in the bottom and add some straw or sawdust if needed. Then place it directly on the nest. Once the pot is heated in the sun, it provides the animals with ideal conditions.
It won’t be long before the ants climb into the pot from below and move to their new home with bags and luggage. You can then simply move the insects and flower pot to a new location where they are no longer a nuisance. Tip: There should be a distance of at least 30 meters between the old building and the new site so that they do not come back again.
3. Fight ants with baking soda and powdered sugar
First things first: The baking soda method has proven itself in ant control, as it not only repels insects temporarily, but also kills them. But it’s also very drastic and shouldn’t be a first choice. The all-purpose home remedy, mixed with a sweet attractant like powdered sugar, becomes an ecological trap but it also means an ant trap: it spreads where the animals are. They eat the sweet mixture, which has a strong flatulence effect and causes animals to die in agony. Some of them exploded. And in order not to attract bees and butterflies with it, it should not be used outdoors. It is best to check first if you are also unsuccessful in one of the gentle ways.
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