ANTS, ANTS, ANTS! THEY WANTED TO TAKE OVER MY TWO NEW GARDEN BEDS I PAID ABOUT $300-400 FOR AND I'VE TOLD THOSE ANTS "THESE GARDEN BEDS ARE FOR MY VEGGIES TO LODGE IN, NOT FOR YOU TO TAKE UP RESIDENCE. THEY'RE NOT FOR YOU, AWAY WITH YOU!" BECAUSE THEY'RE TERRITORIAL CREATURES, I THINK BUT I PAY FOR EXPENSES, SO MY WISHES COME FIRST! MANY PEOPLE ARE FINDING THEM A REAL PROBLEM ON THEIR PATHS AND IN THEIR YARDS AND ARE AFTER NON-TOXIC WAYS OF DEALING WITH THE SITUATION. MOST COMMERCIAL REMEDIES ARE VERY TOXIC BUT I HAVE ADDED TWO REALLY GOOD PRODUCTS THAT WORKED FOR ME, AT THE END OF THIS PAGE. ALL THE BEST TO YOU.
Some Remedies I Just Found, You Can Try Are:
Citrus Peels – Cucumber Peels – Vinegar – Mint – Cloves – Cinnamon
Herbs/Spices and Essential Oils
Sprinkle cinnamon, mint, chili pepper, black pepper, cayenne pepper, cloves or garlic in the area where you've seen the ants. Then, treat your home's foundation in the same manner. Placing bay leaves in cabinets, drawers, and containers can also help to deter ants.
Certain essential oils have also proven to be effective against ants. Place a few drops of peppermint, citrus, eucalyptus or cinnamon oil on some cotton balls. Then, stick them in problem areas. Replace them as the scent wears off.
Why This Works: Many plants – including the ones listed – give off a strong scent to repel ants and other insects in the wild, and they work just as well in your home. Use something other than peppers, if you have pets or small children. The capsaicin in the peppers can irritate mucous membranes. Essential oils should also be kept out of the reach of children and pets.
Leave cucumber or citrus peels in areas of known ant activity to send them on their way.
Why This Works: Cucumber and citrus peels are toxic to the types of fungi that ants feed on, so ants do their best to avoid them. If you're battling ants in your kitchen or bathroom, switch to cucumber or citrus-scented cleaners. For the best results, look for products that are scented with actual citrus or cucumber oils. Synthetic fragrances won't have the effect you're after.
Coffee Grounds (no sugar)
Are you a coffee drinker? If so, get in the habit of sprinkling your used coffee grounds in the garden and around the outside of your house.
Why This Works: Ants are repelled by the scent given off by the grounds; and incidentally, so are cats. This makes them great pest control.
Please Read: Many plants don't like Coffee grounds. I found out some advice is wrong. We lost a lot of plants when we placed them close to tomatoes, chillies and capsicums. Do be informed.
Black pepper: One thing that works great to keep ants away is black pepper. Sprinkle it in places where you see ants. Do the same in the ant holes. This will not kill but keeps them away.
Keeps cats away from your Veggie patches too.
Stop ants in their trail by sprinkling peppermint, paprika, red pepper, or borax in their paths.
Ants hate these plants; these plants in your garden will significantly reduce the chance of ants:
Lavender Tomatoes Marigolds Tansy Rosemary Marjoram Mint
Get rid of other insects: Your garden might have some other insects that can entice the ants. Aphids, mealybugs, and whiteflies are only a few species of insects that secrete honeydew, which ants love. Eradicate the insects and you are a step forward towards getting rid of ants.
Avoid standing water: Remove any standing water from flower beds, hoses, or downspouts. Ants need water, too.
How to Kill Ants Immediately
Hot water: Pour hot water into their hillside holes. This is a perfectly safe way to eliminate and prevent them.
Baking soda: Sprinkle baking soda in the ant’s way. The ants will eat it and die in it.
Vinegar: Pour some vinegar mixed with water on the anthills. Ants hate the smell of vinegar. So just put some vinegar around the house where your ants roaming around the most. This will kill most of them and prevent more ants from coming into your home.
Cayenne pepper: Cayenne pepper can be sprinkled around the anthill and any place where they can enter your house.
Cinnamon: Sprinkling cinnamon around your house is known to work.
Citrus peels: Citrus peels can be used to get rid of ants fast. Blend water and citrus peel in a blender and use it as a spray against ants.
Cream of tartar and tea tree oil can kill ants.
Salt water: Boil water and pour some salt. Spray this salty water to get rid of ants.
Cucumber: Place cucumber pieces where you find ants the most. They cannot stand the smell of it.
I would be careful not to use too much Salt or Vinegar close to plants. Just the boiling water works on it's own often.
Natural Ways to Get Rid of Earwigs
There's nothing more frustrating than to have your garden growing beautifully and then to have a pest invasion take out your prized plants. Pests can really plague a garden, and eliminating them is key to getting a good crop. I've been a professional organic farmer for 35 years and have lots of experience getting rid of notorious garden pests safely and naturally.
Pincher bugs, as we called them when we were kids, are mean little bugs that have pinchers on the ends of their rears that will grab your finger and not let go. They will eat your lettuce, corn silks, and the flowers in your garden. Here are my four favorite ways to eliminate earwigs naturally.
Earwigs like dark, tight places to hide during the day. If you lay some corrugated cardboard out in the garden where you've seen earwig damage, the earwigs will climb inside the cardboard to hide during the day. Then all you have to do is collect the cardboard in the evening and dispose of it.
Diatomaceous Earth (DE)
Diatomaceous earth is ground-up fossilized seashells. The powder will work its way into the joints of the earwigs and cause them to dehydrate and die. So you want to sprinkle it around where the earwigs will cross the path to get to your plants. Work for ants too.
This easy-to-make spray is all-natural and cheap to produce. As a bonus, it can also used for control over aphids, cabbage loopers, June bugs, leafhoppers, squash bugs, and whitefly.
- Mince one bulb of garlic and soak it in 2 teaspoons of mineral oil for 24 hours.
- Mix one pint of water with 1 tablespoon of liquid soap
- Add the garlic mix to the water and the soap.
- Mix thoroughly (without shaking).
- Strain out the garlic and place the remaining liquid in a jar for storage.
- To use, dilute 1 to 2 tablespoons of the garlic-oil mix in 2 cups of water and spray on the endangered leaf surfaces once a week (reapply if it rains).
Sluggo® Plus is an organic-listed product that has iron phosphate and spinosad as the active ingredients. It comes in pellet form and is effective on earwigs. Just sprinkle it around the garden and the earwigs will think "ooh, dinner," and come and eat it. And that will be the end of the earwigs.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional. © 2021 Lynn Gillespie
Ants Gone 500ml
Amazing Ant Repellent
Ants Gone is an excellent natural pest repellent
that actually works!
Ants Gone signals a return to natures old ways in a safe and environmentally friendly new direction.
Use around the home and outdoor areas to naturally deter insects. You won’t kill them, but they won’t like it!
Containing a blend of botanical extracts with natural peppermint oil.
- Don’t Kill-em, Repel-em
- Ant-free Experience
- Safe Near Food
- Leaves Fresh Mint Aroma
- Enviro Friendly
Use on: Benchtops, natural stone such as granite/marble, food prep areas, cooktops, fridges, sinks,
outdoor furniture, tiles, bricks, lawns, picnic & camping areas.
TIP: Spray around bin areas to help deter flies.
"It Works! It Really WORKS - Was Pretty Much Instant! DO TRY"
I would still be careful for some Laminate surfaces (with both products).
Orange Guard All Natural Insect Killer Surface Spray For Ants
Pestrol Orange Guard is the must-have new product for every Australian home ORANGE GUARD NATURAL CRAWLING INSECTICIDE.
If you're like most people, you want to protect your house from nasty, crawling insects all year round. But you also want to protect your family's health in the process.
Announcing an Australian-first in natural pest control Pestrol is excited to introduce a unique new product to the Australian market. Unlike anything else you've seen, this is a broad range insecticide for indoor and outdoor use;
SAFE AROUND CHILDREN AND PETS
*Idea for food preparation surfaces and childcare centers
*May also be used in sensitive areas such as hospitals and care facilities
*Can be applied to pet bedding to control fleas
*Made from edible plant extract and water
*No need to wear gloves or vacate area
*Pleasant citrus scent
*Listed with OMRI® (the Organic Materials Review Institute) and may be used in organic production
HOW DOES ORANGE GUARD WORK?
Orange Guard's active ingredient (d-limonene) is steam-distilled orange peel. It breaks down the waxy coating of insects, effectively suffocating them.
Is Orange Guard safe?
All ingredients in Orange Guard meet the Food and Drug Administration GRAS(Generally Recognised as Safe) food-grade standard. D-Limonene the active ingredient in Orange Guard ? is an approved food additive and is often found in food products, air fresheners, pet shampoos and the like. Orange Guard is water-based with a natural emulsifier and is 100 percent biodegradable.
Pestrol AU Website HERE
These products are new to me, I do not get commission for them.
I would use both these products with a spray nozzle that sprays wider for economy. Both of them work!
Note of Caution: Some Orange Products have chemicals added - make sure the Item you buy is 100% Natural. Even if Orange Guard is included in the name.
eBay AU is good to try.