How can I keep ants from destroying a yard?


My front yard has two spots where the grass will not grow. This is because small black ants have made themselves

a nice little colony home in that area. They are very destructive little buggers, killing all the grass around their colony.

I have tried many different things over the years to solve the problem, from completely digging up the area and replacing the soil, to using different anti-ant recipes, but nothing seems to work. They always come back. This is a very sunny area, and there are no trees or bushes near this area causing any sort of shade.

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  • William William on Apr 15, 2019

    I had a colony of ants in my lawn right next to the concrete patio. what I did was spray carburetor cleaner on the ants and nest. It attacks their exoskeleton.

  • Betsy Betsy on Apr 15, 2019

    Hi DRob: Here is a site that gives hints about this very thing:

    This is what I used for my ant problem, it may work for you, too.

    Make a mix of 1/2 baking soda and 1/2 powdered sugar. Mix well and put around the spots they are in your garden, or inside your home, it's harmless to people and pets. For outside use, you can put it in a bottle, like a pill bottle or something like that. Cut a hole on the edge of the cap, and lay the bottle on it's side so the ants can come in and get the mix. This way, it stays dry if it should rain. They will take it back to the nest and it should kill them. I'd keep it out there all season if you can. The mix makes a gas and the ants can't pass gas, so it kills them. Anything else that eats it will just taste the baking soda and say "Yuck" and walk off. It won't hurt anything that can pass gas, so it's completely safe. It helps to know what type of ant you are trying to get rid of, too. Try this site, scrolling down to see the different types of ants and how to deal with them. Good luck.

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    • Betsy Betsy on Apr 15, 2019

      You are very welcome. Good luck, they can be such pests. Once, when my son was young, around 7, we had ants in the bathroom. He smushed one on the wall and left it there. I asked him why he didn't clean it off, and he said "It's there as a warning to the others!" For some reason, it worked:)

  • Alberta Coulter Alberta Coulter on Apr 15, 2019

    Amdro ant killer. it's a granular product that you sprinkle on the hill. the ants carry it to the queen and it will kill the entire nest. Once they are gone you can repair the damage. We get fire ants here, and they are nasty little buggers. They don't kill the grass but their bites cause intense pain and the poison will make a pustule where they bite. We don't give them a chance. I'm guessing you don't want to uses chemicals but sometimes it's the only thing that works. Amdro won't harm any other insect or animal.

    • DRob DRob on Apr 15, 2019

      Fortunately, I don't have fire ants here. I had a bad experience with them on a visit to Florida, just like you described.......ugh.

  • Shore grandmom Shore grandmom on Apr 15, 2019

    You could try this cure. It's natural and won't hurt anything else.

    • DRob DRob on Apr 15, 2019

      Thanks for the idea. I have Jiffy in my cupboard, so, I guess I'm "sharing" cornbread with the neighborhood ants now. Ha!

  • Lynn Sorrell Lynn Sorrell on Apr 16, 2019

    MYTH: Cinnamon kills ants.

    TRUTH: Ants don’t like cinnamon but unfortunately it doesn’t kill or repel them.

    MYTH: Vinegar kills ants.

    TRUTH: Vinegar just removes the smell/trace of ants. While it may help confuse or throw off the rest of the colony, vinegar alone might not be enough to rid your home of these bothersome insects.

    MYTH: Boiling water repels ants.

    TRUTH: If – and only if – the water is boiling will it kill the ants that it is poured on. However, it will not repel future ants from invading your home.

    MYTH: Ants won’t cross a chalk line.

    TRUTH: A chalk/powder line may temporarily stop the ants (it’s the smell that “ disrupts the scent trail”) but it won’t be long before they figure out a way around the chalk/powder. We probably don’t have to tell you, but ants are very persistent creatures!

    MYTH: Uncooked grains, like oatmeal,cornmeal or grits, will kill ants by expanding in their stomachs and then exploding.

    TRUTH: Despite popular belief, there is no evidence that ants can be killed off by dumping grains in or around the “hive.” What we do know is that only the oldest members of an ant colony can digest solid food. The adult, worker, and reproductive ants, can only digest liquids.

    And the biggest ant control myth of all?

    As long as you kill or remove the ants you can see, your problem is solved. To be really be rid of them I suggest either Boric Acid mixed with cornmeal or Amdro ant bait sprinkle a little of the bait besides trail ( not directly on it they will get disrupted and leave or not pick up bait)they carry bait to nest and it kills entire colony. Amdro works fast 2-24 hrs. huge colony is poison as is Boric Acid but just cover with something til the next day don't mess with/block their trail tho' so they carry bait back to colony quickly.if you use liquid bait it kills the working ants before they get back to colony so the trail is gone they just start a new one to & from colony elsewhere.So you only think you have killed them off.

  • I use packaged cornbread mix that says it is sweetened and put it where they are. 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.

    I read this from : Itsmemic

    Medicated powder from the Dollar Tree. It has eucalyptus in it...menthol...I puff it around my homes foundation..and inside under my birdcages in the cracks under moldings. Work immediately and they never come back. I do this at the first sign of one day..GONE. The powder is in a very large container and lasts quite awhile too !! And smells great !

    Not toxic to my birds OR dog

    What if you make a barrier around the house.

    I did some research, since we know what works for one person doesn't always work for another. I found this site and it's pretty informative. I know some tips you may not be able to use but there are some good ones also that will hopefully help.

    Ants are so weird. One time I found them inside the freezer in the garage!! What would possess them to go inside a freezer only to die? They must have sent signals back or something ~ there were no ant trails only a freezer full of dead ants. Hasn't happened since.

    Ant Spray -

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