As some of you may know, I have an aphid infestation I have been unable to control because I can"t get rid of the ants! The ladybugs are back, so that"s helping with the aphids, but what about the ants?My neighbor told me to try putting out a bowl of cream of wheat. Any one heard of or tried this? I'm pretty desperate and willing to try it, just wondering what to expect.So far I have tried cinnamon, peppermint oil spray, yellow bowls of water, neem oil, boric acid + sugar, and DE. I have marigolds and fennel growing, too. All with little to no effect. But I am keeping hope alive!
I haven"t heard of cream of wheat. I have heard of cornmeal. I don"t know if it works, I never tried it. Boric acid works for sure, but you need to use it in a bait the ants will take back to the queen. Sugar and boric acid works on sweet eating ants. Peanut butter works on grease eating ants.

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Let us know if you try it. I have frequently seen the claim that grits, rolled oats, dry cream of wheat, dry cornmeal, etc will kill ants, because they eat the dry stuff, then it swells up in their guts and they explode. I have seen this so many places that you would think there must be some validity to it, but snopes and other myth busting sites say no. I say try it yourself and see what you think. The one home remedy ant control method snopes endorses is a citrus oil and dish soap mixture.I posted this in a discussion we had on fire ant control:Organic Control - Drench with the fire ant control formula - compost tea/molasses/citrus oil. . Many gardeners report good results with instant grits, Malt-o-Meal and other instant break fast cereals. Spraying products that contain molasses helps keep them away. Apply beneficial microorganisms. Laboratory tests have shown that the beneficial fungus Beauveria bassiana is effective against fire ants. https://www.dirtdoctor.com/Organic-Fiagain- ... _vq123.htmIt supports the dry grains theory and also the citrus oil (in this case compost tea/ molasses/ citrus oil). Fire ants are the toughest kind. Anything that works on them will work on any other ant! HTH!
Good information. For now, since terro, insecticidal chalk, vaseline and boric acid are still working for me, I will stick to that.
Thanks again, guys! Hopefully I will win the war against the ants. I'm pretty sure the ants are sugar eaters, since they"re farming the dang aphids. I'm willing to try just about anything that isn"t out and out poison.
Well, I put the cream of wheat out and it disappeared pretty quickly. Gone through almost the whole box, actually. There are still ants everywhere, so I'm thinking either it is does not work or the ants are not taking it and the birds are eating it all. Oh well.
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Ozark LadyGreener ThumbPosts: 1862Joined: Tue Jan 05, 2010 5:28 pmLocation: NW Arkansas, USA zone 7A elevation 1561 feet
I think that my property is situated on top of an ant hill. I have tried everything! Okay, everything that I can think of, short of an exterminator, and I have even talked to an exterminator about the ant issue! They even live inside my meter box for my electric power!I am just really glad that these are the tiny ants, and not the big ones, or fire ants.I plan to try hydrogen peroxide in my plants, garden, and home this year. Even if it doesn"t control as well as I would like, at least it releases oxygen to my house and no pollutants. I have read that spraying the plant stems with a dilute spray of H2o2 will keep pests off of plants. It is also harmless to plants, because unpolluted rain water has a lot of H2O2 in it, and so does mother"s colostrum.

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Let us know how it works, OL. I have heard of the hydrogen peroxide as an anti-fungal, had not heard of it as an anti-critter remedy, but that is not to say it won"t work. Keep us posted! Love how this forum works to collect the results of everyone"s experiments!
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in near 30 years of "on line gardening" I have yet to hear from anyone that had success killing ants with "stuff they eat, then explode"
Maybe I should just drop a pound of sugar in the yard of the neighbor who keeps stealing my cucumbers.
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I am only joking, of course, but I have considered it. A few of my neighbors have actually started their own small gardens and the ants are slowly dispersing a little of their own will. I doubt if I will ever be rid of them completely, but at least they"re easing up on me! Because of this I have been able to get rid of about 85% of the aphids!
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OzarkLady, please do let us know how the H2O2 works. As demonstrated, I am willing to try about anything.
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