It's just that time of the year... The ants go marching one by one, hurrah, hurrah! The ants go marching one by one, hurrah, hurrah! Is this the theme song you hear every time you walk out into your garden? And they all go marching down, down, down....
So you have ants in the garden and now you want to find out how to get rid of ants organically. The last thing you want to do is take a bite into that ripe tomato and have the taste tainted by some chemical insecticide. You need to beware what you buy at the local hardware store, especially since you need to get rid of the ants without an insecticide.
It seems like these ants sneak up out of nowhere. One day you have a beautiful garden and the next day you have more hills than the Appalachians. Ants have a function in the circle of life, but who wants ants in your garden? Have them complete the circle of life in your neighbor's garden! (DISCLAIMER: We do not recommend getting rid of ants by leaving a trail of food leading them into your neighbor's garden!)
First off, an ant here and there is not a bad thing. You know you have an ant problem when you walk into the garden and it looks like the dirt has suddenly grown legs all around. Or when little ant hills start popping up out of nowhere... so I'll get on with it already, how do you exterminate ants naturally...?
Try using this little home remedy: cornmeal and grits. You probably think I'm crazy - why would you want to feed the ants more food! Won't that just make the ant hills multiply... well, not with this stuff. The ants love to eat it because it's slightly sweet, but they can't properly digest it in their system. So what happens? The fiber builds up and eventually they die of starvation. It'll take about a week for this little trick to work. To help along the process locate the ant hills and frequently traveled paths and pour some small piles around it. This is probably the safest home remedy for getting rid of ants because it's food you would eat normally! It's completely nontoxic to humans or animals, yet it has the same effect as a toxic insecticide. Plus whatever the ants don't eat up will eventually work it's way into the ground as a nice little fertilizer. That's what I call killing two birds with one stone.
Leave the insecticides on the shelf, and take care of ants the natural way.