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How do I get rid of ants in the garden?

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To get rid of ants in the garden, surround the garden with deterrents, make a garden-safe ant killer, make a trap, pour tobacco tea on the ant hills, and mask the trail scent. Getting rid of ants can be easy or difficult, depending on the severity of the infestation.

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  1. Surround the plants with deterrents

    Ants can not tolerate the scents of mint or cinnamon. Sprinkle cinnamon at the base of infested plants. Mint gum works as well. Planting garlic, chrysanthemum, aster, calendula, geranium henbit or mint near the garden also drives ants away.

  2. Make a natural ant killer

    In equal portions, mix sugar and borax or sugar and cornmeal. Sprinkle the mixture around the base of the plants. When the ants eat the mixture, they die.

  3. Make a trap

    Cut an 8-inch circle out of paper. Make a hole in the middle, and fit the circle over the plant and around the base. Spread petroleum jelly on the circle to trap the ants.

  4. Use a tobacco tincture

    Mix pipe tobacco with water, and let it sit overnight. Pour the mixture over any ant hills to kill the ants. Wear gloves when handling the mixture, and discard the soaked tobacco.

  5. Mask the scent trail

    Observe the ants to see the path they are walking. Soak a rag in bleach or ammonia, and wipe the trail down. Avoid getting any on the plants, and never use ammonia and bleach together.

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