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    Default What can I use to get rid of....

    ants in my yard. In several spots in my yard I have big ant hills. I dont want to pour bleach on them. Is there anything I can do? TIA

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    What about boric acid? Otherwise just ant traps or the spray you can find at your local supermarket.

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    fire ants or regular ants?

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    In the heat of the day, you could put a plate of grits near the mound to take care of them. Just make sure that it's not humid or rainy. Works like a charm.

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    I read recently about putting down instant grits around the ant hills or where they are coming in the house. The ants eat the grits, the grits expand and kill the ants? Sounds plausible to me.

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    Cooked grits or uncooked? Sounds like an interesting way to get rid of ants, but would it do the same thing to other creatures...like birds?

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    The ant hills are outside. We dont have termites.

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    Apparently corn starch gets them too. And it's not toxic to humans and pets like some poisons...

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    The grits should be uncooked. I'm gonna try it too, we have those little sugar ants (my mom called em something else..... ).

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    I'll have to try the grits. I have recently found out the my veggie garden has a few small ant hills, and I didn't know what to do to get ride of them yet not harm my veggie plants.

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    Grits?! Sounds like a homemad recipe my dad tried in the 70's.
    ONly you mixed molasses and yeast together and the theory was that the ants would eat the mixture and then the yeast would rise and blow them apart. Didn't work just attracted more ants.

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    I remember reading about putting uncooked grits in or near an ant hole in the Tight Wad Gazette. The workers are supposed to carry it to the gueen and she blows up after eating it. I tried it a few years ago and don't remember the outcome so I'm going to give it another try since I'm being invaded by outdoor ants this year. Thanks for the reminder! Those ant bites really hurt.

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    Yep, uncooked grits. Don't put them out in any dampness, or they won't work. They expand in the ants' bodies once they carry them back to the colony and eat them.

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    Any idea if grits will work on carpenter ants?

    I put out some ant bait and they're walking right past it!

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    I'm going to try the grits! I have a whole tub no one will eat but me and I shouldn't!

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