How to Kill Fire Ants With Vinegar
Fire ants can be a real garden nuisance, and to make matters worse, when agitated, they bite. If you're not interested in using garden chemicals, there are a number of natural alternatives you can use to get rid of them.
Things You Will Need
- Spray bottle
Do your gardening homework to make sure that the plants around the anthill will not be damaged by the vinegar before spraying. Some plants are more sensitive than others.
Fill a spray bottle with a mixture of two parts vinegar and one part water. Shake the bottle to ensure that the vinegar and water is mixed well.
Spray the ant mound as often as necessary and monitor the ant behavior, and to ensure that they are dying off.
Pour pure vinegar on stubborn mounds if the ants don't die, or relocate and create new mounds. Use 1/4 cup of undiluted vinegar twice daily.
Monitor the progress to ensure that the vinegar method is working. If it does not work, try alternative liquids. Citrus juice, like pure lemon juice is one alternative.
Jennifer Hudock is an author, editor and freelancer from Pennsylvania. She has upcoming work appearing in two Library of the Living Dead Press anthologies and has been published in numerous print and online journals, including eMuse, Real TV Addict and Strange Horizons. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English/creative writing from Bloomsburg University.