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How to Kill Lawn Ants Without Harming Pets

Updated February 21, 2017

In addition to their irritating bites, many types of ants can damage your lawn and garden. Lawn ants will eat and destroy buds of plants, seeds or any roughage with nutritional value. They also can hurt pets, indiscriminately biting and irritating your dogs and cats at will. Getting rid of lawn ants without harming your pets is an easy process that involves a non-pesticide solution that's easily prepared at home.

Ensure that the spray bottle you will be using is empty and clean.

Mix 1/2 cup vinegar with 2 cups lukewarm tap water. Make sure the mixture is thoroughly incorporated. Vinegar makes the perfect solution because it works well to kill ants, yet its taste is naturally unappealing to pets.

Pour the solution into your spray bottle and spray the affected area of your lawn with the solution.

Let the area dry for 10 minutes before allowing your pets outside. This gives the solution an opportunity to work and the ants time to die before they can use the last moments of their lives to bite your pets.

Repeat the process as needed. If more solution is needed to cover a larger area, you can use 1 cup vinegar to 4 cups lukewarm tap water.

Things You'll Need

  • Spray bottle
  • Vinegar
  • Water
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About the Author

James Clark began his career in 1985. He has written about electronics, appliance repair and outdoor topics for a variety of publications and websites. He has more than four years of experience in appliance and electrical repairs. Clark holds a bachelor's degree in political science.