I’m a gardening whizz – three ways you can banish ants from your backyard… the most effective costs just 29p

A gardening expert has revealed three easy ways to ban ants from your garden – and one costs just 29p.

Although ants are not dangerous to humans, they can often wreak havoc in your garden and destroy your plants.

A gardening expert has revealed three simple ways you can ban ants from your garden


A gardening expert has revealed three simple ways you can ban ants from your gardenPhoto credit: Getty

Fiona Jenkins at My job offerThe UK’s leading handyman trade website has now revealed some of the best solutions to rid your garden of pesky ants.

In conversation with the MirrorFiona explained that “boiling water is one of the most effective methods”.

She added, “All you have to do is find as many nest entrances as possible and then pour boiling water inside.”

“You may have to repeat this a few times until all the ants are eradicated.”

Another “high success rate” method is liquid dish soap and oil.

Fiona explained: “Just mix half a teaspoon of liquid dish soap with 1.5 teaspoons of cooking oil, then add a liter of water.”

“Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and spray any ants you can see. Then use the leftover mixture and pour it into the ant nest.

“The liquid dish soap and oil penetrate the ants’ exoskeletons and suffocate them.”

As a last resort, the gardening expert recommended white vinegar, which you can buy for around 29p.

Fiona added, “White vinegar is also a great option for getting rid of ants.”

“Pour in about a liter of white vinegar the nest through as many entrances as you can find.

“White vinegar is not harmful to your plants or the soil. However, it works wonders in fighting ants as it kills them on contact.”

This comes after a cleaning talent swore by an inexpensive kitchen staple that helped her ban pesky ants from her garden.

TikTok user Anna was always struggling with those pesky crawlies until she came across a simple trick that changed her life.

Meanwhile, a pest control expert has revealed seven ways to get rid of ants without the use of pesticides, which can also destroy your crops.

One such method was to use leftover orange peel.

How do you get rid of ants?

As always, prevention is the best cure, but there are many tips and tricks to removing them once they’ve set in.

The best solution to ant infestations is to simply remove anything that attracts them into your home.

Ants can be attracted to anything from a drop of honey on the kitchen counter to a jar of jam to a dirty spoon left in the kitchen sink.

By removing the attraction, the ants could just pack up and leave you alone.

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However, if you’re concerned about ants entering your home, here’s what you should do:

  • Store all food, ideally in airtight containers, in cupboards or in the refrigerator.
  • Don’t leave food out in the open, always cover and store away whenever possible.
  • Clean up food and drink spills as soon as they occur.
  • Keep the house clean and remember to keep the closets clean too.
  • Wash food bowls regularly. Remember that ants also have a liking for cat and dog food!
  • Take out your garbage regularly.
  • Clean your entire kitchen with a natural, homemade anti-ant spray that’s one part water and one part vinegar to destroy the pheromones and prevent infestations.

Emma James

Emma James is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Emma James joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing emmajames@ustimespost.com.

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