Are ant hills suddenly overtaking your lawn and invading your garden? You don’t have to resort to chemicals or ant traps. Step away from that bottle of Raid and try these homemade solutions instead.
The Best Way to Get Rid of Ants in Your House or Lawn
The solution that’s always worked for me is a mixture of one part Borax to one part icing sugar. You can also use regular sugar, or really anything that’s sweet. Mix it together, set it on an old jar lid, and set it near where the ants are. Within a couple of days to a week the ants will be gone.
I’ve found in my yard that doing this keeps ants away for at least two years.
Also, don’t skip the jar lid step if you’re putting it on your lawn. It will kill your grass–I’ve learned this the hard way.
However, for those of you that have kids or pets that get into everything, using Borax is not going to work for you. In that case, move on to option B. . .
Get Rid of Ants the Pet and Kid Friendly Way
If you need to keep your pets and kids safe, sprinkle a generous dose of cornmeal on and around the affected area. The ants will eat the cornmeal, and it will expand too much in their stomachs and kill them.
Thankfully, the same will not happen if your kids or pets get into your cornmeal ant trap. The worst that can happen is that they might eat an ant or some dirt along with the cornmeal.
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Do I need to get rid of the ants on my peony bushes?
You might have noticed that there are ants crawling all over your peony bushes this time of year. Thankfully, you don’t need to set a trap for these particular ants, as the ants won’t harm the peonies. It’s commonly believed that the ants help open the peony buds, but I’ve seen a lot of conflicting information on this, so I can’t say if they actually do or don’t.
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However, if the only ants in your yard are the ones on the peonies and they’re not causing a problem anywhere else, you don’t need to set a trap for those particular ants.
Just maybe don’t plant peony bushes directly against your house. We had a small ant problem in our house that was always during peony season, and once I removed a peony that was too close, we never had an issue again.
How close is too close? Aim for 6 feet/2 meters away (or further) from the house.