How to get rid of ant hills on your lawn

Blog | 02 July 2024
Ants around lawn

Ants, while often considered a nuisance, typically cause minimal direct harm to grass. However, ant hills can disturb soil around grass roots and leave deposits on the surface, which can affect the aesthetic and health of your lawn.

If you’re dealing with ant hills in your lawn, follow these steps to manage them effectively and safely.

Step 1: Prepare the ant hills

Before you start addressing the ant nests, ensure the ant hills are dry. This will make it easier to manage and spread the soil. Once the hills are dry, use a brush to sweep away the soil, distributing it evenly across your lawn. This not only tidies up the lawn but also helps avoid concentrated patches of disturbed soil.

Step 2: Access the nest

To effectively treat the ant nest, you’ll need to make a hole in it. Use a trowel, a large stick, or a broom handle to create an opening. This will allow you to apply the treatment directly into the nest, reaching the ants where they are most active.

Step 3: Apply ant powder

Pour ant powder into the hole you’ve created in the nest. Be generous but careful to ensure the powder reaches deep into the nest for maximum effectiveness. After applying the powder, cover the hole back up with earth. This helps to contain the powder within the nest and minimizes any powder spilling out.

Top Tip: Avoid boiling water

It’s a common myth that pouring boiling water on ant nests is an effective solution. However, this method is not only ineffective but can also cause significant damage to your lawn. The boiling water can kill grass, leading to unsightly dead patches and more work to restore your lawn’s health.

Managing ants in your lawn doesn’t have to be a daunting task. By following these simple steps, you can address the problem effectively without harming your lawn. Remember, the key is to treat the ants directly in their nests and to avoid methods that can cause more harm than good.

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