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Marite13's picture
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Hi ladies... I'm new to this board, and to gardening in general. We just moved to Laos, and I've planted a garden in the back yard as another way to keep myself busy.

This whole country is over-run with ants. But they are ALL over my garden. I just have sprouts coming up now of a few things- mainly bok choy and sweet peas. The ants are EVERYWHERE.

So I've been doing research and I have found several ideas... borax/sugar mix, tobacco tea, planting mint, boiling water on the nest....

I'm not sure if I can find borax here.... I don't even know where to look, but I'm going to keep my eyes peeled.

In any case, my question is, which of these remedies is actually safe for treating a garden? I mean, the ants are literally crawling in among my if I try to get rid of them, it's going to have to be with something I can literally put in the garden bed.

So, can anyone say which of these remedies is actually safe to put ON my plants? (I know planting mint obviously might be, but I actually haven't seen any here, so, I'd have to go searching for that too!)


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I swear by cornmeal. Seriously. I put out cornmeal wherever the majority of them are. They take the cornmeal and take it back to the queen. They cannot digest it so it kills them and the queen. It's worked on 3 different spots we've had. Good luck.