How to get rid of ants in the garden without killing plants?

Having a garden to sit and gossiping with family, sipping tea during sunset is bliss. But if ants live in your garden too then it can blemish your perfect evening. Having ants in the garden is not always a problem, but it can lead to one.

To most people spotting ants in the garden can be a big disaster. And for people who have a soft side for these little pests, it’s not that bad, according to them having ants in the garden is a good thing. As ants make the soil more fertile and good for soil drainage by digging deep in the soil.

We can say having ants in the garden can be good or bad both. They can destroy the beauty of your garden and spoil your lovely evening by biting you and make it difficult for you to sit there. So we should get rid of them before they make colonies and turn your evening and garden care into a real disaster.

But are you someone who is frightened to use pesticide and ant control chemicals, because they can also vandalize your plants with ants? Searching for some solution to destroy ants but not at the cost of your plants' health.

Then you are at right place and can stop searching further. Then let’s get started talking through techniques or methods to get rid of ants and protect the plants and garden beauty too.

How to kill ants without harming plants?

We have already talked about how ants can save or destroy your garden. But when they started being troublesome then we should have to get rid of tphem as soon as possible.

Diatomaceous earth

Diatomaceous Earth


It is the best natural and completely organic technique to get rid of ants without harming the garden a little bit. Diatomaceous earth is composed of minerals, so it can fertilize the ground as an advantage with ending the ants.

Diatomaceous earth is made of diatoms, an algae species found in water. It comes in the form of talcum powder. To use diatomaceous earth all you need to do is spread this powder on ants, especially in infested areas.

Diatomaceous earth works on the dehydration process and kills ants by dehydrating them. It takes time but works well. Make sure to apply a generous amount of diatomaceous earth. And also be sure to use food-grade diatomaceous earth.

Soap and water to get rid of ants

 A combination of soap and water has the best cleansing property and can be used to clean ants in your garden. Make the spray by mixing soap and water, and spray it on the ant nest and ants trails. You can also just drop some amount of spray in ant nests.

Note: Make sure to use a biodegradable soap for this mixture, other soap can also harm the grass.

Pepper and peppermint to kill ants

peppermint essential oil


Crush some red pepper flex properly and mix it with either peppermint essential oil or dehydrated peppermint. Sprinkle or spray the mixture on ant trails and nests. It will irritate the ants and force them to change their place.

Orange peels to kill ants

orange peels - natural fungicide

Ants feed on fungi and if they don’t find it they look for it elsewhere and change their place. And the orange peels hold some organic compounds which are toxic to fungi and don’t let fungi develop.

So whenever you eat oranges don’t just throw their peels, instead collect them and place them near ant nests or trails. Also, place some orange peels on the place where you think fungi can develop.

There is also orange peel spray or orange fungicide available in the market but nothing can beat use pure things such as using orange peels. You can also make orange peel spray by yourself if you find spray easier to use than orange peels.

Borax and sugar combination

A mixture of borax and sugar is one of the most effective and best working remedies to get rid of ants in one week. To assemble this compound, mix borax and sugar to make a gel-like paste, and drop this combination near ant nest and ant trails.

Worker ants will attract sugar and eat it and will also take it to the queen in the nest. Then in a short time, borax (Boric acid) will kill the ants.

Using borax is completely safe for plants but it is a little harmful to kids and pets. So make sure to keep it out of the reach of children and pets. Or you can place it in the nighttime and make sure to clean it in the morning.

Note: Using gel will work or not it depends on ant type. Worker ants search for food during the night (between sunset and midnight). 

Do remember ants have a crucial role in plants ecosystem, so completely removing ants from your garden or lawn might have a negative effect too. You just do not let ants make their colonies or infestation in the garden.

Also Read - What is organic pest control?

  • Jul 23, 2021
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