Organic Gardening Options for Ant Control

If you’ve been reading our blog for a while now, you’ll remember my earlier post about my
beautiful eggplants and my terrible ant control problem. Well, it has happened again. My hypothesis is no
longer just a theory. For some reason, eggplants seem to be my local ants’ favorite snack. They
scurry up the stalks and burrow into as many as they can when I’m not looking. And they had
quite an opportunity to burrow this July since I was debilitated by a monstrous summer cold
that limited my normal garden patrolling. So, I think it is definitely time to revisit how to be an
avid ant killer while using as much organic gardening pest control as possible.

Ants can quickly move in and eat away at a vegetable garden. Using pesticides on food that
you are growing for your family can be a delicate matter. In the last article, I focused more on
DIY organic gardening recipes and concoctions, but this time, I’m willing to pay nicely to keep
these hungry warriors off of my vegetables. In this article we will discuss ready-made organic
gardening pest control solutions and how to kill ants.

1. There is of course, our regular friend, D E or diatomaceous earth. When sprinkled around the
base of your plants, it acts as a desiccant and uses fossilized shells chards to make short work
of insect exoskeletons. Yes, if it gets wet, it is null and void, but DE is inexpensive and earth
friendly. It is readily available and if it keeps them from moving in, it is worth the weekly light
sprinkling. If you have your garden in raised rows, you can water the valleys, leaving the DE dry
to continue as a protective barrier to your plants.

2. Bait ‘em, bait ‘em, bait ‘em… There are outdoor baiting stations that can be used to draw the
ants away from your garden for ant control. Once they ingest the bait, they can return it to the queen and
eliminate the colony. Hopefully, this will keep ant numbers down and your vegetable numbers

3. PYRETHRUM…Say it with me, PIE-REE-THRUM….It’s beautiful stuff. It is a botanical insecticide
derived from a chrysanthemum flower. It’s rated for organic vegetable production, in food
and non-food areas of food handling and processing facilities and for use in certified organic
barns, dairies, and poultry houses to control numerous pests, including ants, ants, ants! So if
all of those big scale organic guys can use it, you certainly can to. If you have trouble finding a
pyrethrin based product in your area, online pest control suppliers might be your salvation.

Also, these products can be used indoors as well to kill carpenter ants, house ants, and
cockroaches, so it is definitely a multi-purpose product.

4. And don’t forget…if you see them trailing in, spray their trail down with a dish water solution
and wipe it away. They walk in those lines for a reason and need the scent to follow the trail.
This method is fine for in or outside of the home. It will at least slow them down.

Hopefully, these methods can help to S.O.E. (save our eggplants) and improve your gardening through effective ant control.

Monica Bird (949 Posts)

Monica’s compassion for her customer's struggles with pest control issues and passion for pest control stems from over 10 years in the industry. With a master’s degree in entomology, she uses her knowledge and experience in chemistry, insects and pests to educate her customers.

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