Anyone got a natural cure for killing ants?

July 19, 2007 6:57pm CST
Hi I am looking for a natural way to kill the ants in my yard. They seem to get worse every year. I have kids and a dog so I would prefer not to use a chemical from a can to kill the ants. Let me know your natural cures. Thanks in advance.
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@ryanphil01 (4186)
• Philippines
20 Jul 07
Try these natural ways in getting rid of ants: -Draw lines using chalk around areas to protect them from ants or to keep them from entering areas. Adding crushed egg shell to potted plants also helps keep plant pests away. -Mix a little peppermint toothpaste with a few drops of dishwashing detergent. Apply to area of benches, cupboards, etc. with a cotton bud (Q-Tip). It really works. -Try vinegar. Fill a squirt bottle with plain old cheap white vinegar, and squirt it anyplace you've seen ants and let it dry. It's non-toxic, won't harm anything, and the smell will go away in just a couple of minutes. -Black pepper is a nonlethal, poison free, cheap, and safe way to get rid of ants - sprinkle the black pepper where you see them congregating and watch 'them scatter. Follow them to where they're exiting - which is the same spot they're entering in at - and sprinkle the pepper at that spot to keep them from coming back in. It's safe to use in your cabinets, on windowsills, near your pets and kids, around food, etc. -Scatter combination of eucalyptus leaves and whole cloves (available in the spice section of the supermarket) on the window sills and the floor near the windows.