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irv 06-11-2017 12:18 PM

Killing large ant hills on lawns?
 
I have 2 large ant hills on my lawn and I am looking for a natural way to kill/eradicate*them. Unfortunately, we can longer use pest killer/fertilizer mix up here where I live so I am wondering what others have used, naturally, to kill them?

I watch a few youtube vids and some say boiling water, Dawn dish soap, Borax, vinegar or simply drown them with a garden hose.

I assume most of you guys south of me in the U.S. can use pesticides but I am wondering, besides those, what else you have used that works?

Thanks.*:)

Peter_Spaeth 06-11-2017 12:49 PM

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Might I suggest one of these. :D

58pinson 06-11-2017 12:51 PM

Better on the lawn than in the house! I've had good luck with baits of corn syrup and borax. Don't mix them myself though, all the home center/hardware stores sell them. They work in a delayed fashion. The corn syrup attracts the ants, they eat it, bring it back to the nest, the traps get swarmed by the rest following the pheromone trails, and then the borax disables their intestinal track and they die. It's pretty simple if you just follow the instructions. Good luck.

bnorth 06-11-2017 01:59 PM

I use ground (cayenne) red pepper. Just generously sprinkle it on and around the ant hills. They will leave.

If you have pets keep them away from that area because it will burn their paws.

EDIT: This also works great if you have them in your house. Heavily sprinkle it around the entire foundation of your house on the outside for a barrier.

irv 06-11-2017 03:12 PM

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Originally Posted by Peter_Spaeth (Post 1669910)
Might I suggest one of these. :D

LOL, Peter! :D

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Originally Posted by 58pinson (Post 1669911)
Better on the lawn than in the house! I've had good luck with baits of corn syrup and borax. Don't mix them myself though, all the home center/hardware stores sell them. They work in a delayed fashion. The corn syrup attracts the ants, they eat it, bring it back to the nest, the traps get swarmed by the rest following the pheromone trails, and then the borax disables their intestinal track and they die. It's pretty simple if you just follow the instructions. Good luck.

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Originally Posted by bnorth (Post 1669927)
I use ground (cayenne) red pepper. Just generously sprinkle it on and around the ant hills. They will leave.

If you have pets keep them away from that area because it will burn their paws.

EDIT: This also works great if you have them in your house. Heavily sprinkle it around the entire foundation of your house on the outside for a barrier.

I just purchased these at our local CDN Tire store as they were suggested to me from a couple guys on a snowmobile forum I belong to. Supposedly, these are the best? They have only been available in Canada a few years but are suppose to work better than anything else we have been able to get in the past? Time will tell?
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Thanks guys! :)

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bnorth 06-11-2017 03:31 PM

Terro is a joke and does not work. At least in my experience. We tried it with no luck before we used the red pepper that did work great.

irv 06-11-2017 03:54 PM

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Originally Posted by bnorth (Post 1669944)
Terro is a joke and does not work. At least in my experience. We tried it with no luck before we used the red pepper that did work great.

I hope you're wrong, Ben. These hills seem to be getting bigger by the day so I need something to get rid of them now.

I did see some vids using Borax and Corn Syrup, so that will be my next attempt if these don't do the trick?

bnorth 06-11-2017 04:35 PM

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Originally Posted by irv (Post 1669950)
I hope you're wrong, Ben. These hills seem to be getting bigger by the day so I need something to get rid of them now.

I did see some vids using Borax and Corn Syrup, so that will be my next attempt if these don't do the trick?

Terro is basically corn syrup with 5% Borax. Maybe if you mix your own with a higher % of Borax it might work. I have tried Terro a few times with no luck. It does work good to attract them though.:)

Good luck Dale, ants suck.

JollyElm 06-11-2017 06:11 PM

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Yowza, I couldn't possibly disagree more. Terro has worked ridiculously well for me. Granted, it was mainly for inside ants, but I also used it outside a couple of times (mainly where there were untold numbers of ants emanating out of cracks in the cement) and POOF!!! the colonies disappeared in a couple of days. They are drawn to the stuff like crazy and bring it back to the queen, which ends up snuffing her out. Haven't tried it with actual anthills, so it's possible that it doesn't work as well in that scenario, but it is certainly lethal to 'normal' indoor ant colonies. I don't use the traps, instead I buy a bottle of the liquid (below) so I can squirt it exactly where it needs to go. Just find the trail of ants and put a decent amount of the goop right along their route and they'll start feeding and telling their friends to come on over for a sweet buffet.

Good luck!!

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58pinson 06-11-2017 06:21 PM

Dale,

I would be more optimistic than Ben about the effectiveness of the Terro (the brand name had skipped my mind when I made the initial post) bait stations. I've had decent luck with regular looking ants. Of course if you're dealing with a "Naked Jungle" army ant infestation I'm not so sure. It's not the first time I've heard of Ben's suggestion of the cayenne. Also heard that cinnamon is something they abhor. Annihilate them!


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