Killing Ants Without Harming Plants

AntsAnts of all types have long been the bane of farmers, ranchers, or just people who can’t stand to have them around their home.  There are many ways of killing ants, but unfortunately several of these methods can have disastrous effects on the plants growing around them.  Luckily, there are several ways in which a person can kill ants without harming their plants.


Simple Ways to Kill Ants

Some of the simplest ways to kill ants without harming plants or vegetation can be done with common household items.  Water, for instance, is sometimes enough to handle these pests.  Pouring a pot of boiling water over an ant hill is a great way to kill off the ants.  It should be noted, however, that this may need to be done several times over a few days to ensure all of ants are dead.

Since boiling water can take several applications, many people opt for easy-to-use organic insecticides.  Products like granular insecticide can easily be spread around a yard and keep ants at bay.  It’s important, however, to find granules that are USDA National Organic Program compliant and listed as “minimum risk” by the EPA to ensure that plants are kept safe.


Other Ways to Poison Ants

There are other ways to kill ants that involve more than pouring water or granules around a yard; actually, there is a sweeter way to finish off a colony.  Two to three tablespoons of boric acid powder can be mixed with one cup of sugar and three cups of warm water to create a tempting poison for ants.  Unfortunately, this will require a bit of a wait before ants are killed off.

A better way of poisoning ants is to use wettable powder pesticides.  Many of these are safe for plants, but it’s good to verify before purchase that they’re listed as “Botanical Insecticide” by the EPA.  This will ensure that they’re healthy for use around plants.

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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