I've got a load of ants this year and need to get on this too! Last year they ate my onions (go figure!) and I put coffee grounds all around the onions. It worked for the onions, but I did have a major problem with aphids later on my broccoli so although I did deter them from my onions, I didn't get them out completely. I'm going to try jelly mixed with borax this week - I'll let you know how it goes! Next year I'm going to try tansy!
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Hannah, I planted Tansy when I lived in a different climate. This s the first time I have planted it here. We will see. I have read that if you have problems with it not flowering to propagate it through root division early in the spring.
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Tansy is a wonderful plant! did you buy your seeds CINDERRELIC? or did your plants flower? mine never flower and the plants die down during the colder months and take off again come summer time....am I doing something wrong?
Here's the tricks I know for ants, but I have to say you must be vigilant. If you can find the colony you have a chance;otherwise you have to keep at it. All of these are safe around animals as far as I know. If it rains in your area often then you need to figure out how to protect from the rain. 1. Boric acid - also works for roaches. 2. Cinnamon or red pepper powder- doesn't kill them but they don't like it so you sprinkle it in a line around where you don't want them. 3. Grits/cornmeal - if you are PETA then don't read this one. They eat this and then when they drink their stomach swells and bye bye ants 4. My favorite - if you can find the ant hill - boiling water - but you'll have to do it more than once until you get rid of all of them 5. Vinegar - it doesn't kill them but if you put it down/on the hill they will usually leave - just make sure they don't take up residence somewhere else around your house.
I've never planted it but since I was a kid I've heard of tansy being the thing to plant to get rid of ants/fleas.
Hope that helps give you a little relief!
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