Pesky ants

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Elpe

Pesky ants

Never really had many in previous years but this year, two spots in our garden have a mini-invasion. We've used two spray lots of ant killer but they're still there so I'm hoping someone can suggest something lethal. TIA.

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Gerry

ants

"Never really had many in previous years but this year, two spots in our garden have a mini-invasion. We've used two spray lots of ant killer but they're still there so I'm hoping someone can suggest something lethal. TIA."
I read once that - if say they're getting into the house - they won't cross a line of chalk. Not much use if it's raining.

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Elpe

Ants

Fortunately they're not near the house. I should have added that we've tried spraying with a strong soapy mixture and sprinkling with turmeric. I suppose if we keep trying all sorts, we'll hit on the solution! But they are fascinating little creatures to watch!

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Biggles !

Ants

possibly not much help to you but if you are ever in France nearly all the supermarkets and Brico's (B&Q type shop) sell a product called Anti Fourmi which is in a samll tube. It's brilliant. Ants take stuff back to the nest, result is thousands of dead ants.

I only put the stuff down if ants are invading the house otherwise I adopt the live and let live approach.

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jampling

Ants

Live and let live is my preferred approach too, Biggles. But if they become a real nuisance, a kettle full of boiling water down the hole will keep them at bay for a while.

But whenever I do this, I remember a 4-year old little girl who I once lived next to and her question: "Why are you doing that? We are all God's creatures, you know."
I felt terrible and remember it to this day!

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violet eyes

getting rid of ants

I've always used ant powder,and they're gone the next day.

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Elpe

Ants thanks

Really went on the attack yesterday so many thanks for your suggestions. Interestingly though, a cineraria plant has been wiped out by the little blighters!

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Chazza

Pesky ants

I don't think they are God's creatures, I think they're from the other chap, along with wasps.

Boiling water does the trick for me as long as there are no plant roots in the vicinity.

The other thing to try is to spade the nest out and let the birdies have a feast. Woodpeckers and robins seem to absolutely love them.

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Sue G

Pesky ants


I gave them all a chance and told them to stay out of the garage which has a door leading into the kitchen, but they won't listen, so now i murder the pesky thing with the kettle.

I did buy the gel, but they are everywhere so would need to buy loads. Ant spray costs atleast 6.00 euro a spray bottle. Powder 7.00 euro.
So for me it is cheaper to boil the kettle.

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treehugger

ants

we have loads in the vegie garden- little black biting ones- i can barely brave the weeding (good excuse!)or picking, as they attack immediately- not sure what to do about them as we don't use chemicals but they are definately causing the vegies to struggle this year.

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Chazza

Pesky ants

I don't like chemicals either, particularly near vegetables. Can you find their nests? They love sugar so if you can't put a pinch or so near where you think they are, and within an hour you should see a little army carrying it away.

It seems odd to be feeding them but once you know where the nests are you can start with the boiling water and the digging. But expect them to get a bit miffed. Don't stay around to watch!

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jampling

Pesky ants

"Really went on the attack yesterday so many thanks for your suggestions. Interestingly though, a cineraria plant has been wiped out by the little blighters!"

What a good idea! I've never thought of that and it might attract the gorgeous Flickers that we have over here. Yay - will try it on the ant hill in the lawn tomorrow and will sit waiting with my binoculars!

Oooops....s'pose I should check with OH first. He might not look to kindly at a dug out ant hill in the middle of the front lawn. :(

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jampling

Pesky ants

"I don't think they are God's creatures, I think they're from the other chap, along with wasps.

Boiling water does the trick for me as long as there are no plant roots in the vicinity.

The other thing to try is to spade the nest out and let the birdies have a feast. Woodpeckers and robins seem to absolutely love them."

Oh shoot, I meant to quote this post instead! It was the spading out of the nest that I thought was a good idea.

I do wish there was an 'edit' option on these posts!!

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aunt m

aunt m

Try an enviroment friendly way..PEPPERMINT OIL !!!!....few drops into ants nest and they will go to the neighbours....sprinkle along trail if in house....and they will disappear.... also smells nice and non toxic.....HAVE A GO....Happy August everyone....

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Chazza

Pesky ants

Aunt M, I can't wait to try it. Now all I need is a few ants ... oh ... er ...

No seriously though, the next time they pick a fight it's the After Eight tratment (oops, Pub, lunchtime, Sunday) treatment for them. Now I think about it I've never seen an ant on a mint sprig.

 
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