Kathy Michaelides.  

Do you have a problem with ants in your home or garden? You may think that ants in your garden can be irritating but won’t harm your precious plants. However, the problem can we worse than we think, as ants are very effective farmers – they farm with plant pests like scale and other sucking bugs. They transport these pests from plant to plant, and then “milk” them of their nectar.

To remedy the situation, one could resort to ant poison, which is highly toxic and will harm other harmless creatures. You could also use insecticide sprays to combat the scale etc which are spread by the ants. These pesticides are also very toxic and cause harm to yourself and all creatures that come into contact with it, like butterflies and beneficial ladybugs, the gardener’s friend.

Use this natural pesticide. My large lemon tree was infested with ants and bugs 2 years ago. I was loath to use poison on my lemon tree, as I want to eat the lemons! And the beneficial bird and insect life would also be affected. I was delighted to find a harmless, non-toxic, biodegradable but effective solution to this ant problem. I have used it for about 2 years, and I have found that in the areas in which I have previously used it, there has not been a return of the ants!! The solution is Eco Dust, sold by The Clean Shop in Queen Street, Knysna, 082 855 8688, and there are also branches in George and Plettenberg Bay. Not only ants, but all insects cannot stand Eco Dust. The ingredients are Dicalite. (Diatomaceous earth) which has been reported to be the most effective solution when fighting pests like fleas, ants and bed bugs. The other ingredient is Calcium Carbonate, which also repels Ants, so they will avoid it as much as possible.

You could also simply buy some fine agricultural Diatomaceous Earth. It is an organic powder sold at garden stores or Co-ops and is used as a natural insecticide. It kills ants, other insects and bedbugs and their eggs. It is effective in dogs’ bedding and carpets to combat fleas etc. It can be sprinkled directly onto vegetables and fruit. Sprinkle it around the area where you have an ant infestation. Ants just hate this stuff. Leave it in place for at least 10 days.

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