How to Get Rid of Fire Ants – Reader Question

Welcome to our new feature “Reader Questions”  In it, we will answer question posed by our customers about living an all natural life.  Our first question was posed by a customer at a farmer’s market.

“How do I remove fire ants from the yard all naturally?”

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How many times have you been in the yard and discovered that tell-tale mound filled with the nightmare that is fire ants?  They are painful, destroy your yard and seem impossible to get rid of, especially without using pesticides that might harm your pets or kids.

After some research, I have discovered three natural ways that will get rid of those pesky insects.

1.  Orange Oil – mix 1 ½ teaspoons of orange essential oil with a gallon of water and pour it down the mound.  The oil will coat the ants and kill them.

2.  Boiling water – carefully pour 3 gallons of boiling water down into the mound to kill the ants.  This method works best first thing in the morning or just after a rain when the ants are nearer the surface.  It has been shown to be 60% effective, so it might have to be repeated to kill all the fire ants.

3.  Diatomaceous earth – A few tablespoons of food grade diatomaceous earth placed right at the entrance to the mound will kill the ants.  Since diatomaceous earth works by piercing the insect’s exoskeleton and drying them out, this method works best in areas of low humidity.

These are the three, most reliable methods for removing fire ants from your yard without using dangerous chemicals.  Have you had success with these methods or any others?  Leave us a comment and let us know.

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About Jenn, the Glynne's Soaps Soapmaker

Jenn has a Master's Degree in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. After the tragedy of pesticides struck her dog, Jenn left her job of several years in Research and Development for a pharmaceutical company, to start Glynne's Soaps.
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One Response to How to Get Rid of Fire Ants – Reader Question

  1. Jeannette Gardner says:

    Hey Jenn!
    I am a strong believer in the chewing tobacco tea. I don’t spray it on crops but I use it for a pesticide and fire ant controller. Think about it…how many pests are on a tobacco plant?
    See you soon!