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May 24, 2010



aw, it's so sad when your garden is getting attacked - try ground nutmeg, baby powder or cucumber..apparently ants don't like cucumber - who knew? ;)


Ants don't like strong smelling things, so if you surround your plants with powder dish soap or a spicy pepper powder, that might work.


Looks like carpenter ants, who love rotting plant matter and wood. See article for info. Borax powder might work. http://www.carpenterants.com/

Ana O'Reilly

An anteater? just kidding!

Have you ask the local salten#os? they may have a solution that doesn't involve Hortal (the local brand for ant poison.)

You could try asking at an herboristeria or your local fruit and veg market.


My Grandmother told my mom to make a concentrated solution of water and garlic will keep the bugs away from our garden. Hope whatever you try works.

Leigh Shulman

Ooh, I haven't tried any of those. Thanks, Rebecca.

And yes, it is sad. Particularly since my marigolds were doing so amazingly well before ant season began.

Leigh Shulman

I think I'll have to make some kind of plant was with some mixture of all these things.

It's getting to winter now, so the ants have seriously calmed down. Will have to try this for next year. Maybe even prepare the ground first.

Leigh Shulman

Borax did seem to work, but it also seemed to kill the plants. Will check into a better way to apply it.

I got super zealous and poured a lot into the ant hole. Those plants (the mint) have never been the same.

Leigh Shulman

Lol, I can imagine. We'll have an anteater in the house to keep the dog company.

I have asked saltenos, but I think they don't have my same aversion to toxic chemicals. They said use the venono at night and by morning it'll be gone.

One person -- the person I bought the plants from in the market -- suggested old motor oil. He said to pour it down the ant hole and they'll be gone.

I'm thinking, though, we may need to use poison on the bigger hormigueras on the property, because I think they actually may be more problematic for dogs and kids than the poison.

But I still won't use it on plants that are to be ingested.

Leigh Shulman

Nice. I haven't heard of garlic as an idea either. I wonder if planting garlic on the edges of a garden would work too. Or if it would just be too strong for the rest of the plants.

lucy herbs

They are sooooo difficult to get rid of. Good luck.

Leigh Shulman

I know. Believe me I know. They're still overwhelming the plant, but for whatever reason, the thyme seems to be growing back well.

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