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Wendy_S
Junior Contributor

Ants!

Ant season has started and these little critters are aiming for my house.

What's the best way to get them out of the garden, without killing them.

So, ant-friendly in that sense.


Thanks for the tips!
Wendy

joshrowe1
New Contributor

Re: Ants!

Could be a complete coincidence, but we planted some citronella plants around our garden and the ants almost completely disappeared. We planted them as to try and keep the mozzies away, and it helped a little. I have heard of people planting mint around their garden as well to keep ants and other pests away. Hope this helps
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Community Manager Jason
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Re: Ants!

Good discussion, thanks for kicking it off @Wendy_S. And many thanks for adding your experiences @joshrowe1.

 

Let me also extend a very warm welcome to Workshop to you both. I hope you both find the site to be informative and inspirational, and plenty of fun. Thanks for joining the community.

 

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Kermit
Valued Contributor

Re: Ants!

Hi @Wendy_S, so you want to keep them out of the garden, not just your house?

maknilsin
Experienced Contributor

Re: Ants!

Saw one look at the title of this post and could only think of this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UpPx7E27Bc8


greygardener
Super Contributor

Re: Ants!

Any ideas what is drawing them to your house or garden @Wendy_S?

Wendy_S
Junior Contributor

Re: Ants!

Yes, I would like to keep them out of my garden. Our garden is mostly tiles and they are in the cracks on various places throughout the garden. Corners, underneath the garden chairs/tables. Everywhere. Yesterday I was sweeping to clean a little and call me silly but I feel bad doing that....since there's ants crawling everywhere and I "kill" them with my brushing the tiles. (I mean, I find it difficult to hurt animals, even if they're ants). So, yes, I'd like to get them out of the garden (Shall I make a picture) but in a friendly way

Wendy_S
Junior Contributor

Re: Ants!

fyi I am in the Netherlands
CathD
Super Contributor

Re: Ants!

@Wendy_S

 

A few things you can try. Put some water in a spray bottle and add half a dozen drops of lemon juice. Spray it on areas where you've noticed plenty of ant traffic. You can also draw chalk lines. The ants won't cross the chalk. Or if you're a coffee drinker, try coffee grounds - which can help your plants, too! 

 

A longer term solution is growing plants that ant don't like the smell of, like peppermint, lavender and fennel.

Andy_Mann
Trusted Contributor

Re: Ants!

Wendy_S, please take into account, my warped sense of humour, & I'm not sure that this is right for you, because you seem to be a conservationist.
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My suggestion would be to use Paver SealANT, but there's a possibility that they kill seals to make the stuff, which would be a deal breaker for you. : P

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