How Do I Get Rid of Ants in Grass?


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Determine what ants are infesting your grass, and treat your lawn to remove these pests. Ants can destroy a lawn and ruin your outdoor playtime and dining.

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  1. Identify the type of ant

    Before you get started, identify the type of ant you're dealing with. The identification guide put out by Bayer Environmental Science is thorough and available for free online.

  2. Gather your materials

    When dispensing ant poison, always wear rubber gloves, a protective face mask and safety glasses. A flashlight is handy for spotting nests under bushes or other undergrowth next to the lawn. Finally, you need your ant poison. Most come in the form of a spray, but fire ant poison requires the use of a broadcast spreader for effective distribution.

  3. Mow the lawn

    Before you begin spraying, mow your lawn. The shorter grass allows the poison to reach the soil more easily. It also makes spotting nests easier.

  4. Spray the lawn

    Spray your lawn with insecticide in the early morning or late afternoon. Ants are most active at these times. If the problem persists or returns after six weeks, spray again. Spraying won't kill every ant in your yard, which is a good thing, but it can keep them to a manageable level and destroy any large mounds.

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