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Q: Ant piles in yard, safe way to get rid of them?

April 27, 2009 | By Jennifer | 12 answers | Expired: 1990 days ago

Jennifer

I have huge mounds of ants in my yard, especially by our porch. We've tried pouring salt on them, but that's not working. My dogs spend a lot of time outside playing, and I don't want to hurt any birds or other animals, either. Is there something safe I can sprinkle on the mounds to kill the ants?

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Rebecca A.
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Apr 28, 2009

HAve you tried sprinkling cornmeal down? Its safe for your pets, but it has no nutritional content for the ants, they take it back to the nest and it kills them. If they come into your house, just sprinkle it around your foundation.

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Bowne
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Apr 28, 2009

We used to boil water in a teapot and then pour that on the ant hill. Not sure how well this works since I have done it in a long while, but it is worth a try.

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Amber
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Apr 28, 2009

you might try sprinkling borax or diatomaceous earth on the mound. also, if you're thinking of trying something for more long-term insect control, beneficial predatory nematodes kill ants and a variety of other insects (including fleas) without harming anything else, and they go on living in the soil, killing and eating bugs. just make sure to get a species that will work well for your climate.

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