What Ants Are Good For Gardens
Having ants in your garden can be a nuisance. Not only do they carry pest insects to your plants, but they are a nuisance when they bite you.
Fortunately, there are several ways to get rid of them. One is to use organic horticultural oil spray. This method won’t harm the beneficial insects in your garden. Another method is to use borax. This household chemical compound can be found in soap and toothpaste.
If you don’t want to spray, you can also use borax as an ant trap. You can place it inside a potted plant. You can also add it to the ground around the base of the plant.
Another way to get rid of ants is to use diatomaceous earth. This substance comes from dead sea creatures. Sprinkle it around the base of the plant or container and it will stop the ants in their tracks. You can buy it from a garden nursery or online.
You can also treat your soil with beneficial nematodes. These organisms are only safe to apply to your garden soil if it is between 42 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Fortunately, you can buy them online or at your local nursery.
If you don’t want to use a fungicide, you can use a natural ant repellent like Orange Guard. It contains orange peel extract, known as d-Limonene, which is not harmful to your garden soil.
In addition to destroying your plants, ants can also make a mess. They can tunnel through your root systems, causing erosion. They can also damage tender seedlings and stems.