Many insects are beneficial garden dwellers that aerate the soil as they tunnel through the ground. However, if you find ants on the vegetables in the garden, they can attract harmful predators to your garden. Get rid of them as quickly as possible using effective methods that are safe for use on vegetables. Nontoxic methods kill the ants on your vegetables and around your garden, keeping your vegetables chemical-free and healthy for your loved ones.
Combine 4 cups water, 1 cup sugar and 1 teaspoon of borax in a large bowl. Stir until the sugar and borax dissolve completely.
Transfer the mixture into a large spray bottle. If necessary, use a funnel to pour the mixture.
Spray the borax mixture on the vegetables where you see the ants.
Wash all vegetables with running water before consuming.
Place 3 gallons water in a large stockpot. Add a squirt of liquid dish soap. Stir the solution well combining the ingredients.
Bring the mixture to a rolling boil.
Widen the anthill opening with a shovel or stick.
Pour the boiling soap-and-water mixture into the widened hole. Pour slowly avoiding splashing and burning yourself. The boiling water scalds the ants it contacts, killing them. The soap breaks the water tension, drowning ants that avoid scalding but encounter the water when it cools.