The Q&A Archives: Carpenter Ants and critters

Question: What works to eliminate carpenter ants? Also, something dug in my petunia pots last year. I sprayed with deer/squirrel repellant, but that didn't slow the critters down. Any suggestions

Answer: Boric acid powder might control the ants. I would also suggest you check with your county extension for their suggestions, they will have the most up to date recommendations for what can be used in MN and how/when is best to apply it. Hennepin County Cooperative Extension They are at 1525 Glenwood Avenue, Minneapolis, 612-374-8417.

As for the digging, without knowing what it is, it's difficult to suggest a method to foil them. You might try laying chicken wire or netting with larger holes on top of the soil, letting the plants grow up through it. Most creatures won't want to dig where they're feet get "caught" in the wire. Good luck!

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