Killing Ants Outdoors can be a pain in the butt… While mapping out where we want to put our first garden in our new house, we found two ant mounds. There isn’t a lot of space to put a garden so our options are limited so we need to find a way to get rid of ant mounds. There are tons of products you can get to get rid of ants, and I’m sure they are all great options, but I really wanted to do it naturally.
We have 8 dogs and we don’t want to put anything that could be dangerous to our pups, plus there are always deer walking around the yard. So it is very important that we find something that won’t cause any harm to animals.
And of course, the whole point in removing the ant hills is so I can put a garden there. I really don’t like the idea of using chemicals in the soil, and then planting our food there!
In my humble opinion, there is (almost) always a way to do things naturally, without harmful chemicals. So I got to work.
Killing Ants Outdoors Naturally
I have tried two different methods, first I poke a hole in the ant mound as deep as I could, and then I poured boiling water into the whole. I repeated this a few times but it didn’t work as well as I had hoped… When I looked it up online, some people had had some success with this method, but I’m guessing they were using the boiling water on a much smaller ant mound, I’m pretty sure this one has been here for decades!
So then I tried to make a little volcano…
Again, I dug and poked a hole as deep as I could so I would be able to get as far down as possible. First I poured about 1/2 cup of baking soda into the hole, and then I poured about 1 cup of vinegar into the hole. I let the mixture do it’s thing and then I would pour more vinegar when it settled down.
I kept alternating like this over the course of an afternoon.
It was a little time consuming, but not too bad. I just had to remember to go check my progress and repeat the baking soda and vinegar every 20-30 minutes. By the end of the afternoon, the ants were all but gone.
Now I can dig out the mound with a shovel and plant my garden!
Looking for more posts on gardening? Check these out:
- First Year Homesteading Goals
- Planning an Organic Garden
- What I Learned with my First Raised Garden Bed