I'm a gardening expert and my simple trick will keep ants away from your plant pots | The Sun

GARDEN pests can be a nightmare to deal with, and they're so much worse during the warmer summer months.

Although ants aren't the worst pests in most gardens they can seen be annoying to deal with and can ruin the soil undeath plants.

There are a few things keen gardeners can do to help banish ants from plant pots without spending a fortune.

The Greenhouse People explained: "While ants aren’t as destructive as other pests, such as slugs and aphids, their little hills can be unsightly and their nests in pots can disturb the soil and destroy the plant’s roots.

“When deciding how to control pests in your garden, it’s important to remember that chemical pesticides are always the last resort.

“There are a number of ways which can help control ants without potentially harming other insects or plants.”

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One of the best things gardeners can do is make their own ant repellent.

There are scents that will help banish ants that you can make into a spray easily at home.

The pros said: "Some scents like peppermint, citrus or cinnamon naturally deters ants.

“A few drops of these essential oils added to a spray bottle of water will effectively repel your miniature pests.

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“If you have an infestation, consider adding a couple of drops of dishwashing soap which also kills ants.

“Spray around the plant generously in the evenings. In the morning, spray the plant with fresh water to remove any soap residue.”

If you want to go the extra mile you can also mix sugar and baking soda together and sprinkle the mixture around the base of your plant pots.

The pros explained that the ants will take the sugary mixture back to their colony and leave your plants alone.

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