Battle Ants, From the Outside In

Battle Ants, From the Outside In

Amber Byfield
May 26, 2010

When we think of the ants that plague our yard (and aren't picky about the season), we can't help but reminisce about that scene in Honey, I Shrunk The Kids. You know, the one with the giant ant. Well, those things are all over our patio, crawling way too close to the door frame, and threatening our territory. Here's how we'll stop them:

First of all, multiple sources have suggested using orange oil or orange peels as an ant (and cat) deterrent. So far, citrus peels in the garden seem to have deterred neighborhood cats; we're going to try this line of defense first.

Reader's Digest suggests a couple of Earth-friendly solutions, so the next step will be for us to sprinkle one of these household products around the entry points to our home, creating a barrier that ants won't want to cross (and keeping it safe for the rest of us). Turns out, there are a lot of things that ants don't like to bother with:

  • Cream of tartar
  • Borax
  • Flour
  • Oil of cloves
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Salt

If you have any suggestions for keeping ants out of the home, or have tried any of these remedies for the situation, be sure to let us know!

(Image: Flickr member House of Sims licensed under Creative Commons)

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