Ant Hills on Brick Patio

We have ant hills on our brick patio deck. A friend suggested pouring boiling hot water over them so the ants surface to the top. Do you know any other easy remedies? Anything that doesn't involve poison.


By Cindy Scotton from Suffield, CT

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June 17, 20090 found this helpful

Spraying vinegar or applying crushed mint leaves or cloves on the patio and around their hills should deter them :-) They might make new hills nearby but just do the same thing with the new hills and they'll eventually move far away from the area and you won't have to worry about having used poisons or being called critter cruel ;-)

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Did you try the boiling water? We did this to some sugar ants that were living in the cracks of our sidewalk and driveway. It was very effective and also fascinating. We drowned them once and watched as the remaining living ants lined up carcasses outside the nest.


After a few minutes, we did it again. There were very few living ants after that.

If you don't want to do that, boric acid is generally suggested as an effective ant poison. It is not toxic and is safe around kids and pets. Terro is one commercial version.

Good luck and let us know how it turns out.

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