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How to Get Rid of Ants

By Bill Elzey ; Updated September 21, 2017

Get rid of ants by using an ant bait on the mound. Follow with dry molasses and orange oil to keep ants away. Get rid of ants with tips from a professional landscaper in this free video on lawns and gardening.


I'm Bill Elzey with Showplace Lawns. I want to talk to you a little bit about how to get rid of ants. Ants seem to invade our properties every day and they are really most annoying after a rain shower. That seems to draw them out more than anything. A good way to take care of this problem would be to use an ant bait which you put on a mound. The worker ants carry that down to the queen and the queen eats it and that destroys the mound. Following that I would use a dry application of dry molasses across the entire yard and that is going to help chase them away and keep them out. Then I would go with an orange oil mix with liquid molasses and water to drench any mounds that come up. The best time to use the baits are usually in the Spring and maybe early Summer, and again in the Fall when the weather is a little cooler, anywhere up to 80 degrees at the very most a bait will work. The dry molasses will always work and orange oil always works but to get rid of them to clean them out use a bait on the mounds, do a dry application or maybe even two. You could even use a liquid molasses as a spray and I know it sounds like it is a contradiction but molasses is a very good ant control. So again use a bait, some dry molasses or liquid molasses spray and orange oil mix on the mound should take care of the ants.


About the Author


Bill Elzey is the owner and manager of Showplace Lawns in Austin, Texas. Elzey has a Bachelor of Science in agriculture with course work in horticulture, soils, fertilizers, botany and entomology. He has more than 32 years of experience landscaping in South Central Texas. Showplace Lawns has been making Central Texas lawns greener than ever since 1992.