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Ants: Safe and Effective Cure

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This cure for invading ants is safe for pets, children, and the environment. When we purchased a home with an acre in Tennessee, the land and surrounding fields were covered with ant hills. The ants were not only invading ants, they were fire ants. We tried every thing from poison to bait to try to get them off our yard and in our vegetable and flower gardens. Nothing got completely rid of them and not for long.
ants safe and effective cure
Ants are frustrating because they are so invasive.Their members seem infinite. Many insects carry disease and bring disease into our homes. The battle seems endless, BUT there is a cure that is inexpensive and safe.

An old timer told us about this cure and we found his word to be true. Here is the proof and this works for ANY type of ant in the USA. (I wanted to say the earth, but we have not used it on every ant on earth, but I do suspect any ant colony would die or move away as ours have done).
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Every spring we find new colonies invading our flower and food gardens including our potted plants. Here is a small colony that found our rhubarb and day lily beds. You can see this colony is just getting started.
ants safe and effective cure
This is the magic bullet we use on our yard. Actually, any corn meal will do, but Jiffy is sweet and all ants scurry to get it into the nest. They eat it and cannot digest it. The colony dies when the queen and all the ants eat it. It works the fastest of all corn meal we tried because it is sweet. In 2 or 3 days if you see an ant walking and the corn meal is gone, reapply more corn meal. The colony is larger so you need more, but believe me it does work.
ants safe and effective cure
I dropped the box and applied way more than I normally put on a new nest. After 24 hours, you can barely see a few ants here in the cornmeal. They are tiny in this shot. There were only a few still mulling around in the meal.
ants safe and effective cure
There are 2 dead ants in the photo. One is on the left of that central dark hole lying in the cornmeal. The other is just below the central dark hole lying partially in the corn meal on the right end of that folded brown leaf. I apologize I do not know how to put in arrows or circles on the photo. There were NO ANTS other than these 2 dead ones in the flower bed.

I enlarged the photo as much as I could without blurring it too much. This was taken 48 hours after applying the meal. I have not seen a single ant for 2 days now in this colony.
We keep Jiffy in our pantry, especially in the spring, when new colonies are moving in and building a nest. I know I will have to put some in and around the planting barrel in our front yard too. They always build a nest there. If this year is typical, after the few colonies have been dusted with corn meal, we won't see another colony the rest of the summer.

Corn meal is safe and inexpensive. You can buy several boxes or bags for pocket change. The best part, it WORKS.
OTHER THOUGHTS: If you have ants in your home, try to place the meal where you see trails of them. I also try to find where they are most active outside near the foundation and put corn meal there too.
They love the convenience of soft dirt in potted plants, new tree plants, and under permanent structures like foundations and sidewalks. The larger the colony, the more corn meal is needed.
I have never had to apply corn meal more than twice. In this case, I applied too much, but it does not hurt any other creatures and may deter more ants from moving into the garden. Try it. You will see. Just dust the soil well, don't dump half the box like I did.
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I meant to put this in earlier. It shows the huge number of ants is already down to only 2 or 3 after a few hours. These two were dead the next morning (or 2 more that ate on the surface).

Suggested materials:

  • Corn meal or sweet corn meal  (Grocery store)
  • Jiffy  (grocery store)

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3 of 5 questions
  • Pdavis
    on Jun 3, 2018

    You are only using jiffy?

    • Donna
      on May 7, 2019

      Thank you very! I have some Jiffy in my cabinets.

  • Yol33887877
    on Aug 4, 2018

    I have a cat at home! Ants are coming to her food! Is the corn meal Jiffy the solution???

    • Dee
      on Oct 12, 2018

      A suggestion that works wonders....coat the bottom and sides of her feeding dish each time you put food out with a squirt of dish soap. Just smooth it around the sides coating the dish side. The ants will not crawl up the dish anymore. Not a permanent solution but a great one for the feeding dish. Goes good with this solution!

  • Lou
    on Nov 18, 2018

    Isn't there any concern for other things (like mice) that the cornmeal would attract?

    • Karen Hyde
      on Apr 12, 2019

      Thank you so much. A few days ago, there was an exploratory tiny ant on the kitchen counter, now there are MORE. Headed to the store now.

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  • Lillian Goreham
    on May 2, 2019

    Yes this works....I have had tiny tiny ants coming into the house...Someone told me about the Jiffy Cornmeal mix. Used it and within 24 hours, no more ants!!!! Do not step on or kill the ants you see....they have to carry it back to the queen to get rid of the ant colony.

  • Donna
    on May 7, 2019

    Perfect! I have ants near my kitchen sink. I won't have to worry about using poison near my sink or dishes.


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