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Natural Ant Killer/Deterrent for Edible Gardens

Anonymous added on May 15, 2014 | Answered

Is there a natural ant killer/deterrent that can be used with edible gardens?

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Nikki
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Answered on November 30, -0001

Corn meal also helps. You can try diatomaceous earth or uncooked grits around the base of the plants as well. This article has some other suggestions: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/keeping-ants-of-flowering-vines-vegetables-and-flowers.htm Generally, when you see ants on plants, they are not attacking the plant but rather feeding off aphids (which are attacking the plants). Inspect for aphids. If you get rid of the aphids, the ants will go as well. Neem oil is a good organic insecticide that is safe to use on edibles. Here is more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/homemade-aphid-control-a-natural-way-to-kill-aphids.htm, https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/problems/pests/neem-oil-uses.htm

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