How to stop ants eating my hostas?

by Jay
  13 answers
  • 40423941614 40423941614 on Jun 24, 2017

    Try dish soap and water.

    • Jay Jay on Jun 24, 2017

      never thought of that I thought it would kill my hostas thanks for the info

  • Deanna Abreu Deanna Abreu on Jun 24, 2017

    spray them with garlic juice ants hate garlic

  • Vivian Vivian on Jun 24, 2017

    Ants hate cinnamon. Ants hate talcum powder. Sprinkle either of these around your plants and the ants will move on.

    • Jay Jay on Jun 24, 2017

      Vivien, thanks for this info...I am pooped from gardening and upon reading these great suggestions, I asked myself with a laff...LIKE WHO knew? I mean it with really HOW did she know this? Why didnt I know? Like what did I really learn at school ? What was I doing while she was listening to the teacher...Enjoying all the suggestions, and will try the cinammon. I initially thought u meant the ants hte cinammon like I hate garlic or blue cheese... Then I saw the "sprinkle around.the soil....not ontop of the ants...Thanks for the help. S

  • Msj5248235 Msj5248235 on Jun 24, 2017

    Dilute Irish Spring shampoo with water (1L:1Tbsp) and spary over the plant and ground coffee at the base of the plant.

  • Jay Jay on Jun 24, 2017

    WOW Thank you all so much for those ant ideas...GOOD BYe ants...hello happy hostas...Now Im on a mission.. those lil lo are taking a holiday. You folks are wonderful

    • Gayle Tucker Gayle Tucker on Jun 24, 2017

      Careful with the soap mixtures. If you get a buildup of soap then your lant will die. If spraying soap on plants, rinse it off after two or three hours. Vinegar and water generally work for ants. Something about the acidity of the vinegar they do not like.

  • SandyG SandyG on Jun 24, 2017

    Diatomaceous earth works differently from other pesticides by using a mechanical reaction rather than a chemical one. When ants come into contact with DE, it absorbs moisture from their exoskeletons, and they begin to dehydrate. This will not only kill insects but help prevent future infestations as well.

    • Jay Jay on Jun 24, 2017

      Thank you too Sandy, DE sounds it a pesticide enriched kind of earth? And would it seep into the soil and harm the other plants? I would love it if it also eliminates the slugs or grubs or whoever is feasting on my rear garden of hostas...I dont know how to identify good insects from bad...but infestations halted...OK by me... And will it get diluted by rain? Seems up here in Canada we are getting unusually high amt,,,Thanks again,,,,,Obviously I am taking my gardening seriously was something I loved but took for every bit of advice helps.

  • Janis Merritt Janis Merritt on Jun 24, 2017

    I haven't noticed ants yet, but found a couple of slugs eating the leaves. Any suggestions? It's been raining a lot so am not sure of the diatomaceous earth.

  • Jay Jay on Jun 24, 2017

    HMM Janis, good luck with your hostas... this year mine are huge, unusually tall due to the rain... I will go see if they have hungry slugs taking up residence....let me know if you use the DE,,,good luck.

  • SandyG SandyG on Jun 24, 2017

    Here is a site address that will explain more about DE. We had torrential flooding in western, WV last year, and fleas and various insects were horrible. DE was used during recovery. It does become diluted when wet, so must be re-applied. It can be applied dry or mixed with water and applied with a sprayer. The only health problem that I have seen or read about is inhaling while spreading DE. A face mask is recommended. There are two grades of DE, make sure to use food grade. Lots of information online, so check it out. Good luck with your gardening.

  • Jay Jay on Jun 25, 2017

    Sandy, Great info re DE...Im going out to get some now...before it rains ( for a week...} These weather xtrmes are making it hard to keep up... After the flooding did u recover ie grow successfully this yr? Do you think it is safe for a vegetable garden?? Have a great day, hope yu have better weather this year. J

  • Jay Jay on Jun 25, 2017

    Just checked website for looks fantastic...easy to understand and full of other easy read solutions for every garden issue. That is GREAT. Many thanks and recommending that site to anyone with any problem...gardening that is..

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  • 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.