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#1 of 11 Old 04-15-2002, 08:35 PM - Thread Starter
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Our yard has been invaded by ants ! How do YOU get rid of those pesky ant hills that take over your yard. I'm looking for DIY recipes for total anialation of the many over sized ant hills in my yard

Thanks in advance for your ideas.
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2 parts vinegar I part water should take care of it,I think.
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I am not sure if this works outside, but this is an easy recipe:
2 tsp. peppermint castile soap (liquid)
1 gallon water
Pour into spray bottle and spray along baseboards and ant trails.

You can also pour boiling water over their nests.
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This may not be what you are looking for. I heard this a couple of times, but have not had the opportunity to try it: Ants will not cross a line of something like powder or flour. They just won't do it. So, it's a non-toxic approach, I guess. Good Luck.

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Bay leaves - for some reason, ants don't like bay leaves. We use them in our door well - between the screen door and other door, and haven't had ants since.

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I've used the peppermint soap spray several times - works great and the house smells like a candy cane!
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try borax mixed with somthing sweet (jelly). the ants eat the sugar but the borax does them in. rosemary gladstar says borax is a-ok. and i trust her.

and sprinkling borax or other powdered soap around thresholds can keep ants out.

good luck...

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I'm off to try the bay leaves. I totally forgot about the bay leaves.

Sarah

Whose entire house has been taken over by ants who care not what we spray.:mad:
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I agree about the peppermint...just dab some peppermint EO on some cottonballs and leave them by where the ants like to get in..they HATE peppermint

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borax will kill them, but be careful if your kids are little and eat everything off the floor - it is toxic!
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Diatomaceous Earth - You can pick this product up at the hardware or health food store.

Another one is Boric Acid
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