Black ant infestation in organic raised bed

Asked March 11, 2016, 2:10 PM EST

Hi! I've been ready to plant my spring vegetable seeds for a couple of weeks, but upon investigation of my cleared organic raised bed, I found an infestation of black ants. In trying to dig anyways, I get eaten up! I've tried various remedies found online (Borax mixed with jam, then dry cornmeal, then boiling water poured numerous times over the bed) with no lasting luck. Any suggestions to effectively eradicate the ants, while avoiding the introduction of poisonous chemicals into the soil?

Nueces County Texas

1 Response

You can try the following:

  • Diatomaceous earth
  • Vinegar Spray

    How To Make Vinegar Spray:

    Add 1/4 cup white or apple cider vinegar and 1/4 cup water to a spray bottle. Add 30 drops of one of the essential oils listed above, if desired. (If you are using clove oil, I recommend using just a few drops as it is very strong)