Plant Marigolds as an Ant Deterrent: A request for clarification

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Plant Marigolds as  an Ant Deterrent

By Skiekitty
August 27, 2013

Do you struggle with sugar ants in the house? Line your walkway with marigolds. Also, when you deadhead the marigolds, crush the spent flowers along the outside of your window sills. Works great as a natural deterrent on ants of all sizes.

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Name: June
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JuneOntario
Aug 27, 2013 7:31 AM CST
Please can you make clear which "marigold" is the ant deterrent - Calendula (Pot Marigold) or Tagetes (French or African Marigold)?
Name: Toni
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Skiekitty
Aug 27, 2013 8:17 AM CST
June - I would.. but a quick Google doesn't really tell which variety! I just use the ones that are the cheapo $0.20 seed packets. I'll keep watch next spring to see exactly which seeds these are. I know they look like this:



so I'm guessing these are the Tagetes variety. I've grown those & these as deterrents:

http://blog.outsidelandscapegroup.com/files/2012/05/marigold...

And it looks like marigolds are deer deterrents, too!

Funny thing about this idea is that, when it popped up on my screen this morning, I was thinking, wow, what a great idea! Wish I'd thought of it.. forgot that I had!!! Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: June
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JuneOntario
Aug 27, 2013 12:43 PM CST
Thanks, Toni. I have not been growing the Tagetes marigolds, so I will buy some next spring when they are in the garden centers. The Calendulas I grow are really easy from seed - I just throw the seeds onto the ground and rake them in - and they keep on flowering past the first frost (into mid-November, some years). And they self-seed! I have not seen any deer or rabbit damage, either.
Name: Liz Quinn
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Emquinn
Aug 31, 2013 4:44 AM CST
Marigolds will also spiders. Like,the deer idea lost several Daylilies because of deer.
Liz
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Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
Aug 31, 2013 11:07 AM CST
Sounds like a "pretty" good idea - worth a try, for sure!
Porkpal

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