I’ve been noticing ants in the garden lately. And surprisingly, I actually have some experience with ants in the garden. Waaayyy back before we had kids we had a tiny community garden plot. And it was riddled with ants. It was terrible. Before we could even plant anything we had to get rid of them. I don’t remember where I read it, or I’d give them credit, but the solution I found was molasses, sugar, and yeast. And boy did it work like a charm. Within one day the ants were packing up shop and heading over to the neighboring garden plots! The molasses and sugar is simply a tasty vehicle for the yeast, which expands in the ants’ stomachs, and well…you get the idea. No more ants in the garden.
Natural Ant Bait Recipe:
1 Tb Molasses
1 tsp Sugar (brown, white, I’m sure even powdered sugar would work)
1 tsp Yeast
Small strips of cardboard
Mix the molasses, sugar, and the yeast together and then spread onto strips of cardboard. Place these baits around your garden.
I set these out yesterday and I’m hoping I have the same great success with it as I did 5 years ago.
***Update 4/12/14: I don’t know if these are different ants or what, but this molasses yeast thing did not work this time … disappointing! But I quickly tried something else that did work! Within one day. So it may just depend on your area and the type of ants you’re dealing with, but here is a second option for Natural Ant Baits….
Natural Ant Bait Recipe 2:
Straight up, coffee. Not used coffee grounds, or prepared coffee, just straight from the can coffee. Go buy the cheapest coffee you can find, and pour some directly on the ant hills and around areas they frequent. Then walk away and let it do it’s work.
I’m not sure how this works, I don’t know if they ingest it, or if it just repels them. I don’t know, but either way, one day I had ants all over my garden, and the next I didn’t. Take it for what its worth!
What kind of natural pest control tricks do you love? Share in the comments, I’d love to learn what works for you!
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