Effective organic ant repellant

Although they aren’t directly pests for plants and for humans, ants can quickly turn invasive when they decide to set up shop…

There are a few tricks to effectively fight against these tiny insects.

Since they usually only bring on minimal damage, it is strongly recommended to use organic solutions to treat against ants.

Ant repellent to get rid of ants indoors

  • Place lemon slices near the ant colony.
    The smell and the acidity that emanate from the fruit disturbs them and will make the ants leave.
  • Press 1 or 2 lemons and pour the juice along their most traveled itinerary.
  • Coffee grounds are also an effective barrier that they shun and won’t cross.
  • Ants never cross a line marked along the ground with chalk, as long as water hasn’t washed it out.

Since ants tend to always follow the same paths in a house, it is recommended to attract them outside with products that they particularly like, such as honey, jam, etc.

How to deal with ants in the garden

  • Fire ant on leaf bud.Same as for the indoors, lemon is very effective.
    If they have invaded a tree, layer lemon slices around the tree in a circle to cut off any ant routes.
  • Plant mint in places where they repeatedly try to set up a colony.
    They hate the smell that the plant produces and tend to move further away.
  • Also plant “tansy”, lavender or French marigolds.
    These plants have ant repellent properties.
  • Lastly, if you must act fast, you can always find effective ant repellent products in horticulture stores.

Smart tip about ant repellents

Fighting against ants in the garden is often required when aphids have become a nuisance.

Indeed, aphids attract ants with the honeydew they secrete.
If you control the ant population, you’ll be able to control aphid populations, too.

Credits for images shared to Nature & Garden (all edits by Gaspard Lorthiois):
Ants on stone by Tworkowsky under Pixabay license
Ant on plant bud by Roman Grac under Pixabay license