You all know we have been fighting ants for a while and not just fighting ants… trying to do it as organically as possible. Now you have to understand the magnitude of our ant problem.
We are pretty sure one of the big trees in the back is dead for the most part due to wood ants and so we are about to have to stump that big guy down… which is sad to think about. So we know we have a big ant problem if they are taking out 20-30 year old trees. Add in the fact that we have a wood pile problem in the back alley that we are working on clearing out – and also another wood pile problem beside the shop that we have yet to tackle.
Ant problem would be an understatement.
So let’s get back to the garden part. As you probably know with ants come aphids – which is a whole other problem. So ant control is vital, and honestly it can be tough when trying to do it organically. It seems easy enough to mix this and do this and blah blah – the whole you are thinking… we could go get some sevin dust and murder those lil piss ants in about 5 minutes… BUT NOOooOOoOOo – we want to save the earth today. haha
We have used a few of the methods, and we will kind of sum it up so far for everyone.
Garlic & Cayenne Mixture – We took garlic and mixed it with pure powdered cayenne. That was put into a spray bottle with water… and we sprayed the entire garden with it. Then we even used the pieces of garlic and sprinkled them around the garden as well. Honestly, we saw it do a little bit of good – but it definitely didn’t fix the problem.
Coffee Grounds – They say if you put coffee grounds around, the ants will take it back eat it and the second they drink water or something – BANG! It swells and they die. Well – I can say I never once saw an ant eat the grounds, nor die from it. I assume it happened… but just not a lot and not in plain view. We are sick like that and wanted to see one balloon and pop. haha
Baking Soda – It is supposed to be poisonous to ants… so you put a ring around your plant with it. I think this actually helped some – but at the same time, we saw little baking soda parties going on… they were swimming around in the white powder… playing catch with it. You know… like a baking soda party. It did seem to keep them off the plants though – but now just they run around in the dirt.
Organic Sprays – I can’t think of the name of the stuff we used one day, but it claimed to be organic and after looking at it, it did pan out. So we covered our garden in it. I mean ants were drowning in it; we found a big bed and just hammered it with this stuff. It has worked better than anything so far, and we will try and find the name to share with others.
Organic Granules – Just found some “organic” granules that are meant to be spread around the mounds and also to create a barrier. We just used it last night and so we have yet to see the results, but we can dream can’t we! Hopefully this will push the ants out and finally we can have our day of glory. We will also have to look this one up – don’t have the name handy.
So as you can see we have been busy fighting ants in our garden – as many of you are doing the same as well. Searches have skyrocketed for organic ways to kill ants. I guess everyone is trying to be a bit greener in terms of eradicating pests like ants – which is always great to know. I hope this helps those wondering how the fight was going, and we will continue to update on the organic war on our ant enemies.
Also, if you have any other organic ways to fight them – fill us in, we always want to learn more and if it works… we will buy you a coffee, beer, margarita or drink of your choice. Seriously. Keep it organic though.