How Do I Get Rid of Ants Outside?

How can I control ants? I have little sand volcanoes all over my driveway. Please help.

Hardiness Zone: 6b

By evelyne frank from Toronto, Canada


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May 5, 20102 found this helpful

I learned from this website to mix equal parts sugar and Borax. Pour it all over the ant hills. You also need to treat every anthill in your yard, etc. at the same time. Otherwise, they will just move to a different nest. This recipe really works.

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December 7, 20181 found this helpful

Put it on my ants and in 24 hours the bed of ants were gone and I looked and they hadn't move their nest. I spent lots of money on ant bait and they ate it and just moved their nest. I am going to buy more borax and sugar. Thank you so tried of getting bit. In Florida its year round.

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May 5, 20101 found this helpful

You can also mop the floor with about half liter of water mixed with two to three drops of lavender essential oil. And then dump that outside over all of the ant hills and that will keep the ants away, too.

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May 5, 20101 found this helpful

The thing with ants is that you need to destroy their scent trails. Using lavender oil, as suggested by kristlemeier, works great, as will anything else really strongly scented. Vinegar can be bought by the gallon at places like Costco and Sam's Club and is a bit cheaper (though not as nice of a smell as lavender).


I read somewhere else once that you can also pour boiling water on and down the anthills to kill them and I'd imagine is much safer for your plants than vinegar.

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May 6, 20101 found this helpful

Used coffee grounds. Put them in the area . Also good for the plants indoors and out.

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May 7, 20101 found this helpful

About 10% 20 Mule team Borax in karo syrup warmed for few seconds at a time to dissolve. Squirt into cracks and areas no pets will be able to lick. It could give them a bad stomach. Ants will carry it to the nest. May take a week but nest is killed. A queen lives up to 20 years and produces many more queens. This way you get the whole nest.

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May 7, 20100 found this helpful

Try diatomaceous earth-it is all natural from ocean fossils, a pulverized-powder. It totally works for roaches/crickets/and is supposed to work for ants-it desiccates them-like sucks the liquid out.


We scatter outside in a line to the entryway etc. works like a charm. Getting that queen ant? Not sure. We also have doves etc that eat the ants-but the d earth say's it gets ants. Good luck. Pamela from AZ.

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May 8, 20100 found this helpful

I put ant sand around outside the house, also the hotel units I clean. Also spread over any ant holes.

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May 24, 20100 found this helpful

i don't know what kind of ants you have or if this will work, but I use regular sweet n low spread around where I see ants.

I saw it on this site. the ants eat the sweet n low and then take it back home and apparently they eat it and die.

Good luck

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