How can I get rid of tiny black ants in flower bed?


I have tiny black ants in my flower bed by my house that swarm all over me and bite when I disturb the soil. I am left with red welps that itch on my skin. What product is there to get rid of them, and what are they?

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  • Carolyn Travis Carolyn Travis on Sep 17, 2018

    This sounds goofy but it works. Spred grits, yes the kind you eat, thick on your ant hills. Around your garden. They will bring the grit down to their nest. When they eat them the grits swell and it kills the ant.

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    • Jan32065531 Jan32065531 on Sep 18, 2018

      You can do the same with baking soda with a little sugar add so the go right to it take it back to nest. Does the same as grits. You can us it the house too. No poison spray to breathe. Also you can sprinkle in the garden to get rid of snails and slugs.

  • Kelli L. Milligan Kelli L. Milligan on Sep 17, 2018

    I just used ant spray.

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    • Vickie Dotts Vickie Dotts on Sep 18, 2018

      That sounds like an easy solution to try. Thanks

  • Sabrina B Moore Sabrina B Moore on Sep 18, 2018

    I have heard that food grade "diatomaceous earth" is safe for pets and humans, but kills ants and other insect pests. I just researched and ordered some on line. Supposedly, it is safe and beneficial for human consumption too. I wish you all the best!

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    • Linda Moore Linda Moore on Sep 25, 2018

      Where are you located ? If you are talking about fire ants you had better get aggressive before the set up residence in your yard. The little suckers are not only dangerous to humans , ask my dog about will need to keep benadryl on hand for both of you.

  • Ellis Ellis on Dec 16, 2018

    I have read that sprinkling cornmeal where ants travel will also kill them, just as the grits and baking soda methods work. Corn meal is a bit sweet, so I would think the ants would be attracted to it.

  • Karen Karen on Dec 16, 2018


  • 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 -