Soda against ants in the greenhouse. I tell you how my experiment ended and whether I got rid of the problem
Dec 29, 2020
At school we are taught that an ant is a forest orderly, it must be protected and protected. Probably in the wild, this is true. But this law does not in any way apply to my garden.
There is a small place on the site where I cannot grow a single plant. Any seedlings in an incomprehensible way begin to wilt and dry. From a young and healthy plant, only the stem remains in a week.
For a long time I could not understand what was wrong with my garden. And then I saw ants marching towards a small bush. And it became clear to me exactly what the problem was.
These social insects live in close symbiosis with aphids. They collect these pests in the nest, and help to survive the winter. Then, in early spring, aphids are taken out on young plants and planted on the tops.
The aphid drinks the juice of the plant, and the ant comes and tickles it with its antennae in order to get a drop of sweet juice. This natural phenomenon has led to the fact that for several years in a row I cannot get a full harvest from my greenhouse. In the end, I got tired of it and decided to get rid of the ants.
Of all the options available, I chose the safest option, baking soda. The secret to the success of this remedy is that the soda reacts with formic acid and neutralizes it.
At the same time, the insect dies during the processing of the ant settlement, all its inhabitants run away in a hurry.
How to make a baking soda product correctly
Option number 1. Put two tablespoons of baking soda in a two-liter glass container and pour boiling water over it. Dissolve the substance well in water, and carefully pour over the place where the anthill is located.
To enhance the effect, cover the affected area with a film or sprinkle it with soil. This will cut off access to oxygen.
Option number 2. Mix baking soda with powdered sugar in equal parts and sprinkle nearby the ant settlement. Insects are very sensitive to sweets and will not be able to resist temptation.
When they find a large amount of soda, they hurriedly leave the inhabited territory, and look for places with more favorable conditions.
The disadvantage of this remedy is that the ant family does not die completely. Some insects survive and simply migrate at a short distance from the previous colony.
They do not return to their original place, but it is not easier for the owner of the site, since it is impossible to completely get rid of the anthill with the help of soda. This method only helps for a while.
To minimize the influence of ants, you should constantly monitor the paths of insects and, if you suspect, immediately cover the insect dwellings with soda. It is also worth carefully removing weeds in an area where there are ant colonies.
Soda is the safest insect control option. It does not affect the composition of the soil, and after processing the site, you can eat vegetables almost immediately.