How can I get rid of an ant hill?

I have an ant hill I would like to get rid of, any suggestions on how would be great
  32 answers
  • Elizabeth Smith Elizabeth Smith on Jul 06, 2016
    Pour dry grits on the mound, the ants eat the grits and when they get water they swell up and die

  • Carr Renea Carr Renea on Jul 06, 2016
    Use corn meal. Just pour it on the mound. They can't digest it. We have a huge problem with ants here and I have to do this all the time

    • Janet Janet on Jul 06, 2016
      Seriously.... do you think if it is white or yellow cornmeal it would matter? I have used white 4 times and they are still there.

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jul 06, 2016
    Try boiling water or liquid soap mixed with water.

  • Mic5379360 Mic5379360 on Jul 06, 2016
    diatomaceous earth - you can get it at any home improvement store

  • Jan's Garden Art Jan's Garden Art on Jul 06, 2016
    Large pot of boiling water. I have a 7qt & a 8qt. I fill them both - empty onto center of mound. Gone girl!

  • Betsy Betsy on Jul 06, 2016
    What I use is a mixture of 1/2 baking soda and 1/2 powdered sugar. This won't hurt anything else that eats it. The ants take it back to the nest because of the sugar and everyone has a feast. The baking soda swells up and, since ants can't fart, they swell up and die. Horrible death though:(

  • Ewhited Ewhited on Jul 06, 2016
    I use instant grits, cover the top over the hill with them when you think it won't rain for a day or two. The ants bring a big piece to the queen, she takes some water and explodes. No more ant hill. I have had great success. Big hills may need to be treated a couple of times.

  • Marianne Marianne on Jul 06, 2016
    Find another ant hill and dig up a shovel fill it and put it on the second ant hill. They'll fight ofg each other.

  • Ellen Ellen on Jul 06, 2016
    make a mixture of sugar 1 c, water 1/2 c, and borax 3 tbsp. Mix well and place close to where the ants have paths. they will take it back to next and die. Don't like borax.

  • Mdb8272634 Mdb8272634 on Jul 06, 2016
    Try spraying with Windex. Instantly kills ants.

  • Debbie Debbie on Jul 06, 2016
    Out of all the suggestions above I've only had marginal success. But, a sure way of get to ants to leave is to use mint oil of any type. They hate it and will leave within 2 weeks of being exposed to it. I grow mint so when I see an ant hill forming, I just poke a sprig of mint right into the middle of the hill.

  • 1240839 1240839 on Jul 07, 2016
    Amdro, specifically for ants.

  • Lynn Lynn on Jul 07, 2016
    I found if you pour dish soap around and over the ant hill in a day or so they leave.

  • Pam Pam on Jul 07, 2016
    I don't think it's permanent, but straight white vinegar works quite well. It's acidic, yet nontoxic

  • Winifred Shafer Winifred Shafer on Jul 07, 2016
    Boil some water. Pour directly on your ant hill. Voila!

  • Jan's Garden Art Jan's Garden Art on Jul 22, 2016
    Winifred is correct for the natural way to get rid of the ant mound. :D Get a 7-8 qt pot of water - boil. Pour directly on top of mound. If you hit it just right - you'll be able to see a small "hole" appear - this is a good sign. Don't pour the water willy-nilly all over, aim and keep the aim on the center of the mound. 2nd tip for this? Do this at dusk - that way most of the ants are back from their foraging trip and you can hit them all. Your grass will die in the area that you poured, however it will grow back. If it's a really big mound - I have used 2 7-8qt pots on *1* mound. Check the area where you poured the next day. If you see a mound being rebuilt - reboil & repour. Happy Hunting!

  • Katrina Katrina on Nov 16, 2016
    Great tips for the ants I have use a lot of these tips living in Texas we have fire ants this helps get rid of those pesty little things

  • Barbara Wexel Barbara Wexel on Nov 24, 2016
    Use Terro.. Ants will be gone in one day. You can buy it in most stores.. I know Lowe's, and Home depot carry it.

  • Johnchip Johnchip on Nov 24, 2016
    We live with this in Central America where most 'ant hills' are actually a community of connected ant condos. Pour some gasoline, kerosene or lighter fluid into hole. stetually a community of connected condos.p back and toss in a match. The fumes will travel though the tunnels and pop up in other spots in the yard where they are connected. Gone for good. Put pets away, but kids will love it like fireworks.

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    • Betsy Betsy on Dec 31, 2016
      While this sounds like fun, those of us with underground utilities like electrical, gas, etc. may have some unwanted results, up to and not including jail time for destroying same. I think I would forego this recommended solution.

  • Betsy Betsy on Dec 22, 2016
    I have had great success with using an equal mixture of baking soda and powdered sugar. Mix them together well and pour around and on the ant hill. The ants will take it into the den and share it with everyone. The sugar is sweet and the baking soda - well, lets just say that ants can't fart. My cat loves to sample this concoction. Unfortunately, she passes gas quite well. It's non hazardous to anything that can pass gas.

  • Marjorie Tweed-Brown Marjorie Tweed-Brown on Dec 23, 2016
    I mix a bottle of peppermint oil into a bottle of Dr Bronner's liquid soap & pour that on the hill slowly, giving it time to soak in. Occasionally paint the foundation of my house w/ it too. It works, smells nice but not overwhelming for weeks & doesn't harm plants, bees, animals, or people. It must be peppermint OIL, not peppermint EXTRACT.

  • Marjorie Tweed-Brown Marjorie Tweed-Brown on Dec 23, 2016
    Another thing I've used on ant hills is straight SimpleGreen™ which also works, but it doesn't have the residual action that peppermint oil & soap does.

  • Dfm Dfm on Dec 23, 2016
    equal parts borax and granulated sugar- the sugar attracts them, the borax will kill them. i use this version on the exterior perimeter of the house, away from pets.

  • Keeton Logan Janice Keeton Logan Janice on Dec 23, 2016
    I had trouble with ants at work and tried everything then i tried just sprinkling comet around my desk they they vanished almost overnight they " do not like the bleach

  • P auline miller P auline miller on Dec 25, 2016
    I used orange peels. they won't go immediately, but when they die they won't spread to another spot. The citrus kills them. Just sprinke them around the mound, in a week or so they'll be gone for good!

  • B. Enne B. Enne on Dec 29, 2016
    Ant Busters nematodes work well long term.
    If you are a coffee drinker, used coffee grounds work fast and are free. They even kept working after a rainfall. I just emptied them over the hill. Idk if it kills the ants or makes them move, but we didn't have problems after treating 2 ant hills last summer. We did have mushrooms growing on the grass though. I'm guessing it is because we saved the grounds and they went mouldy. If you put them right out, it may not happen. We are limited here for otc pesticides, so it was worth a try, and worked better than some I have used in the past.

  • Terry Meek Terry Meek on Dec 30, 2016
    I was going to suggest the same thing as johnchip. I had a large yard one time and noticed a couple of anthills building. When I really looked around my yard, I saw that I had at least 25 hills, some flatter than others but still there. I did the same thing (I live in TX too) I went to the gas station and filled up a 5 gal can of gasoline. I poured fuel down each one and set it on fire. The ants came out pissed but I was too far away by that time! It took a day or too but the ants were gone to another yard in the neighborhood. I never had any more trouble from them. I think what started them was the fact that we put a above ground pool about 12 feet across in the back yard for the kids to play in and viola! they had a water source forever they thought. They set up hill after hill after hill...looked like miniature teepees all over my yard. But the gas and fire got rid of them.

  • Terry Meek Terry Meek on Dec 30, 2016
    Someone on here also asked about roaches. Anyone who lives near the oceans or lakes knows that roaches are plentiful. San Antonio, TX is also bad for roaches if you're not careful. They like the heat for their breeding and people normally use plenty of water when there's heat so a hot place usually has them. Also, they like thick bushes that start blooming from the ground and branch out with blooms on them. White and/or red. People like to plant them because they are thick and used for privacy. The roaches like to get in between the roots and long leaves. They eat the sap and everything they find. I had a lawn guy cut down all the bushes first. I went to a chemical store that sold products to pest control companies and bought a pint of diazinon and a spray gallon container. I mixed it with about 1/4 cup of D with water and sprayed the underside of my furniture, all the nooks and crannies of my home, inside cabinets, garage, around the house and about 3 feet out from the house and 3 feet up the side of the house. We then closed up the house and left for several hours (about 7) . when we came back, I swept up roaches and ants for about 2 weeks and then nothing. I've never had a problem with roaches since. Every house I have had since that time, if needed, I use the diazinon mix. I won't live with roaches or ants so If I need to, I use this mix to get my house completely clean of any bug. There are places that roaches don't like to live but the coastline isn't one of them so be prepared to do something like this and you can enjoy the ocean or lake without problems.

  • Arlene Kitchin Arlene Kitchin on Jan 01, 2017
    pee on it. Honestly. Have a man go out after dark if you are afraid of being seen, or pee in a can and pour it on the ant hill. Used to do it all the time at the farm in Nova Scotia where I grew up. Those ants will disappear.

  • Juels Blauvelt Juels Blauvelt on Jan 06, 2017
    i like arlenes idea...recycling and it's free....i use bleach or ammonnia

  • Geeswonderland Geeswonderland on Jan 13, 2017
    Diatomaceous earth powder can be used indoors and outdoors for almost every bug in existence.. will dry your hands out without gloves.

  • Robbie Sanders Robbie Sanders on Jan 14, 2017
    Diazinon is no longer being sold, so I was told. But the best thing to get rid if roaches is botic acid, it can be sprinkled around or mixed with water and sprayed. Anything that is a powder will kill acroach as they breath through their bodies and crawling across powder, they sucknutbin and suffocate.