How do you get rid of Ants and Ant hills?

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We live on a lake, and they are taking over our lawn!

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  • Johnchip Johnchip on Jun 30, 2017
    Pour some gas in the hole. The fumes will penetrate the tunnels then step back and stike a match. You will get 'pop-upsl at al the spots they made entries to the nest. Ants Gone.
  • Tisha House Woodard Tisha House Woodard on Jun 30, 2017
    you can cover the ant hills with cornmeal then wet it. It swells and it kills them.
  • KattywhampusLOL KattywhampusLOL on Jun 30, 2017
    Marilyn, If you don't have pets in your yard to worry about, the a mixture ofsugar with borax sprinkled near the anthills will draw the ants to it, then they will eat it and carry it back to the colony nests and within a few days they will al lbe dead, including the colony queen. OR if you have any u-shaped pins to fit around the plastic containers in the 6-pack of TERRO liquid ant killer (which is what I use in my home when they begin to appear in the Spring) you can use that outside too, unless it rains which will render it ineffective. A six-pack will cost about $6 but it IS the MOST dependably effective any killer I have found in MY 64 years of life -- not promoting it here, just telling you the facts of it as I see it. So if you go the borax and sugar route, here is a link with step by step instructions as how to use it (and if you use it exclusively outside I owuldn't bother with the containers and lids; just put a quarter-teaspoonful of it on level ground near the ant hill and in the "highway" you see them using to get around. I would put it around in several places in the yard to make sure you get as many as possible.
    The following information about ants is from THE OLD FARMER'S ALMANAC: "...A sudden convergence of ants in the garden, or a line of ants moving up and down a tree, usually indicates the presence of aphids, mealybugs, or other sap-sucking insects that attack plants. These insects produce a substance called honeydew: The ants stroke the insects with their antennas, causing the insects to excrete the sweet liquid. The ants swallow it and store it in a special holding stomach called the crop. The honeydew is brought back to the nest and shared with the queen and other workers.
    Some ants even keep aphids in their nest as a farmer would keep a cow, giving them food and shelter in exchange for honeydew. ..."

    Well, good luck, and thanks for asking Hometalk for help :)

  • Dhe14569554 Dhe14569554 on Jun 30, 2017
    Diazinon plus make a small diameter hole in the center of the mound and throw in some mothballs.
  • Shelley Wilson Shelley Wilson on Jun 30, 2017
    I put cornmeal around the perimeter of the room - they eat it, but can't digest it so they become dehydrated and die. I've done that with my strawberry patch, too. Those rotters kicked up a bunch of soil around the base of the plant to get to the fruit and I got very few berries in the season; apparently, baby powder does the same thing. As far as the ant hill goes, find it, pour a concoction of oil steeped with chili flakes and garlic, use a blender on it, put it through a sieve, add some water and pour it into the hill and flood it with the hose; if you do this, you needn't do the blender step. But, this is also a good bug spray like aphids, so you need in just liquid put it in a spray bottle. There are just some plants like nasturtiums that crawl with aphids or some sort of pest which were impossible to get rid of, so I don't plant them anymore. Never a short answer with me. lol
  • Gail Gail on Jul 01, 2017
    boric acid on top of the ant hill
  • DesertRose DesertRose on Jul 01, 2017
    use cornmeal, ants cannot digest and they take it back to the nest, we use Jiffy, it is sweet and they love it. Inexpensive, safe for kids, pets, environment. We also have ongoing problem, so I keep several boxes in my pantry. One small box will well cover 5 large ant hills. Reapply if cornmeal is gone and a few ants remain, or after rain if washed off. Any cornmeal works, I like Jiffy as they are so quick to gobble it down
  • packaged cornbread mix that says it is sweetened and put it where they are coming in if you can find it, or even on your counter in a small lid. They will take it to the mound, everyone will eat it and die, they can't digest the cornmeal, but will take it because it is sweetened. Little goes a long way.
  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Jul 16, 2021

    Hi Marilyn, sorry to hear that, ants can be so frustrating. Hopefully this article will help you sort the problem out - https://www.familyhandyman.com/pest-control/how-to-get-rid-of-ants/view-all/