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Old 03-03-2009, 11:17 AM   #1
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What do you guys use to keep ants out of your gardens? They're just loving the newly turned soil.



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Old 03-03-2009, 11:20 AM   #2
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gasoline. Makes the tomatos taste funny though but fun when pitched into the fire.
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coffee grounds.
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This works on slugs, ants, cockroches, etc.. you can apply it to dogs and cats to remove fleas. Just do not get this in your eyes or lungs.. it cuts them.

Diatomacious Earth (often referred to as "DE") is an off white talc-like powder that is the fossilized remains of marine phytoplankton. When sprinkled on a bug that has an exoskeleton (such as bed bugs, ants or fleas) it gets caught between their little exoskeleton joints. As they move, the diatomaceous earth acts like razor blades and cuts them up. But it doesn't hurt mammals. We can eat it. We do eat it! It's in lots of grain based foods because lots of grains are stored with diatomaceous earth to keep the bugs from eating the grain!

Food Grade is used by humans and on horses, dogs, etc.. to deworm them. Kills parasites too I hear.

It stops working when it gets wet... so apply when it will be dry for a few days.
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Another user for DE. Also use dried molassas. Good luck.
Get both at the feed stroe in Cantonement just north of the paper mill.

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Ants are actually very beneficial for a garden. They aireate and fertilize the soil as well as ruthlessly attack garden pest. They occassionally take up residence in my potted trees and the tree really flourishes.

But they do have one nasty little habit. They'll bite the hell out of you and leave a pimple looking spot any 17 year old would be proud of.

I use sevin when I need to move them from edible plant areas. I've heard all the home remedies but I know this stuff works.

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Dry grits, takes about three days though
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Ants are actually very beneficial for a garden. They aireate and fertilize the soil as well as ruthlessly attack garden pest. They occassionally take up residence in my potted trees and the tree really flourishes.

But they do have one nasty little habit. They'll bite the hell out of you and leave a pimple looking spot any 17 year old would be proud of.

I use sevin when I need to move them from edible plant areas. I've heard all the home remedies but I know this stuff works.

Rick
yep but they protect aphids from other predators....ants can also be a sign of a stressed soil but they can be beneficial too.
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