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Repelling Fire Ants Is Simpler Than You Think

Small red ants on sugar spoon

Fire ants can be the peskiest little invaders, turning your peaceful garden into a red-hot battleground. Thankfully, repelling these fiery creatures is simpler than you might think!

There are a lot of easy, natural, DIY tricks for combatting fire ants. 

One thing to keep in mind is that techniques that work against one type of ant work against all types of ants. You don’t need to use anything special to repel fire ants. So if you already have strategies that work for you as ant repellents, use them! If not, we have a few strategies you can borrow.

For starters, you can add plants to your garden that ants hate. Mint is a popular pest-repelling plant for gardeners, but since it can be highly invasive, you may want to try some alternatives. Basil, lavender, eucalyptus, and chili plants are all great options for repelling ants.

Mighty Mint Gallon

Mint is a great weapon to use when combatting ant armies.

A DIY white vinegar solution is another suitable, natural repellent. You can spray white vinegar directly on a collection of ants to deter them and even kill them, protecting your plants. You can also spray vinegar around your garden a deterrent.

Cinnamon is another trustworthy ant repellent. Sprinkle cinnamon around common entry points, and watch the magic happen. The pungent aroma may be delightful to humans, but it sends ants running for cover.

Citrus is a common kitchen ingredient used for repelling ants. Squeeze some lemon or orange juice around their favorite hangouts, and you’ll send them packing.

If you’re looking for ways to combat ants with heat, consider cayenne or black pepper. Sprinkle it liberally around your garden borders, and these fiery critters will think twice before crossing the line.

TERRO T300B Liquid Ant Killer

If you need some extra support against ants, this bait trap can help.

Another item in your pantry that can come in handy against ants is baking soda. A sprinkle of baking soda can be enough to keep ants away. The powdery texture disrupts their movement and signals an unfriendly environment.

If you want to put your used coffee grounds to work, you can use them to protect your home from ants while fertilizing your garden. Spread the grounds around your garden like a protective shield, and fire ants will think twice before crossing this aromatic barrier.

Lastly, you can consider a boiling water and soap mixture to kill and deter ants. Keep in mind that you should only pour boiling water in safe areas–that means, outdoors and away from plants that might be harmed if scalded. 

With these simple yet effective methods, you can repel fire ants and reclaim your garden sanctuary without harsh chemicals. Keep in mind that while a few DIY pest control tricks can help, you should consult a professional if the ant infestation gets serious.

Abbey Ryan Abbey Ryan
Abbey Ryan is a storyteller, preferably of stories in written form. Across the 5 years of her professional writing career, her work has been featured in The Chicago Tribune, Amazon, The Medical News Today, and more. When she's not writing (which is rare), she's likely traveling, painting, or on the hunt for a good snack. Read Full Bio »
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