How To Safely Keep Ants Off Your Hammock and Keep Them Off!

HAMMOCK GET RID OF ANTSAhhhhhhh I hate ANTS! After a long day of gardening and putting up a shade sail over the hammock I flumped into it for a well deserved rest.

Then promptly leaped back out of it as a wave of  ants swarmed over my skin!

After a shower and change of clothes I came back to inspect and found the hammock was indeed swarming. The colony seemed to be under the impression that I had thoughtfully erected an ant superhighway to allow the little beasts to cross from one tree to the next without the inconvenience of walking all the way down to the ground.

Now up with this I will not put but what to to? I don’t want to start sprinkling chemicals or poisons around where the animals and children will be, nor do i want to spray anything where we will be breathing.


1) Dryer sheets! I tied a couple around the ropes at each end of the hammock, this didn’t stop them straight away but they clearly didn’t like them and many where hesitant to walk across them. Ants communicate through smell so I’m guessing the scent was confusing or maybe it’s the waxy feeling they don’t like. Whichever it was the upshot was that within an hour of tying on the dryer sheets there was a reduction by about 80%, but I’m an only child, I do not like to share!

2) Diatomaceous earth  I sprinkled a little into the folds of the outer dryer sheets, diatomaceous earth is very bad for creatures with exoskeletons, (see more here non-toxic-way-to-rid-your-home-of-insects-and-spiders/)


24 hours later  – 0 ants in the hammock!SHRUG ADULT SALE JUL20

They have rerouted themselves across the top of the shade, which is just fine with me.  It’s been over a week since the ant attack and so far I have not had to share my hammock with anyone, of course that may be because it  slipped my mind to tell the children I successfully got rid of the ants!

Do you have any great chemical-free tips for getting rid of ants or other bugs?


About sunnysleevez

I'm a freckly red head, originally from London now living in LA with 2 pale children. Frankly with our coloring we have no business being such an outdoorsy family and living in southern California. I grew up in a time when factor 8 sun milk was considered the best protection available to combat the hot rays of a holiday in southern Spain, that lead to 3rd degree burns and the rest of the vacation spent in the shade of our apartment. As a family we love to be outside, going to the beach, camping, swimming & hiking. We can't completely avoid the sun (nor should we) but taking sensible measures to avoid unnecessary UV damage is a priority. How do we do that? By staying in the shade in the middle of the day, wearing sun protective clothing (that's why I created Sunny Sleevez), a broad brimmed hat, UV rated sunglasses, using chemical-free broad spectrum sun screen on exposed areas & eating a healthy diet with as few chemicals as possible & lots of antioxidants.
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9 Responses to How To Safely Keep Ants Off Your Hammock and Keep Them Off!

  1. dianaed2013 says:

    Amusing but at the same time I have empathy with anyone wanting a rest and having to share. Good to hear that you are an outdoor family – children miss so much tucked indoors with their computers.

  2. avwalters says:

    Well, dryer sheets is hardly chemical-free, but it’s a good a use for them as any I’ve considered.

    • sunnysleevez says:

      Yes of course you’re right, dryer sheets aren’t chemical free and I don’t use them on our laundry, but at least for this use they aren’t leaching some of the more toxic chemicals into the air or water.
      I had ants coming up the leg of my garden chair yesterday so I wrapped a dryer sheet around the base of each leg and secured with a rubber band and that seemed to put them off, so I have tucked dryer sheets inside the cushion covers on the outside furniture too 🙂

  3. Am so glad you came up with that solution for ants. You’ve helped lots of people, I’m sure. I live in South Florida, and there are lots of ants here. Perhaps I could ship some to you in LA since you have the best way to get rid of them without an exterminator!

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  5. pretty drastic moves says:

    Hi! I love your blog so I nominated you for the Inspirational Blogger Award! 🙂

  6. Great Info! 🙂 Love this post!

  7. foxress says:

    I’ve found vinegar works in getting rid of ants. It must be the smell.

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