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Yeah, I wouldn't pour boiling water where it's going to hit the roots of my young plants, but now while you're preparing the beds and don't have your plants in, though it might work well. I know sticky traps wrapped around the trunk of fruit trees discourages the ants from marching up and down the trees. I've also heard that cedar mulch is unappealing to many ants just as cedar keeps moths out of your closets. Let us know how it goes!

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Diatomaceous earth is good to use, but it has to be reapplied after a rain. Pouring boiling water directly on the ant hills can also help (I think I read before that with fire ants, you make a funnel to pour the water down into the opening of the ant hill, helps direct the water down instead of spreading over the top).
Reading online there were other suggestions like coffee grounds, corn meal, peppermint or leaves.
Some suggest drawing a line with chalk, saying ants won't cross it. I'm skeptical about that one, since the ants were crawling over all the chalk lines that my grandson had drawn all over my driveway. There's also powdered chalk that you get in hardware stores for snapping chalk lines, maybe being so loose it might work better.
Here's some links to some articles that may help:
www.mnn.com/your-home/at-home/blogs/
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www.farmersalmanac.com/repel-ants-na
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www.greenlivingtips.com/articles/ant
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