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Q.Ant Traps In Vegetable Garden

Zone burkeville virginia | Anonymous added on April 24, 2021 | Answered

last November I opened up a 30 foot square area for vegetables.there were ants everywhere. I put 10 terro ant bait traps over the area.this year there are no ants.trap ingredients are sodium tetraborate decahydrate 5.40 % and other ingrediants.is it safe to eat the vegetables where the bait traps were thanks.

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Answered on April 26, 2021

As you can see on this table, this ingredient is not labeled for use around vegetables. https://www.uaex.edu/publications/pdf/_P%20Homeowner%20Insecticide%20Product%20List.pdf
There are quite a few safe alternatives, like this one: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/organic/cornmeal-in-the-garden.htm

As to any lasting effects, it would be best to contact the manufacturer to learn how to remove any residual substances from your vegetable garden. It may not be necessary, but I would certainly check with them before planting in the same soil.

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