Pesky ants

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Chazza

Pesky ants

Oh I forgot

"Happy August everyone..." and a happy August to you Aunt M.

Sue G "I gave them all a chance and told them to stay out of the garage..." I also believe it's simple courtesy to reason with other species first, but this only seems to work with horses.

jampling, "it might attract the gorgeous Flickers ... will try it on the ant hill in the lawn tomorrow..."
were the Flickers impressed?

A happy August from me to everyone as well.

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aunt m

ants

Come to think of it ....not seen ants on MINT.... think it works

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Elpe

Ants forever??

Will deffo get some peppermint today. I've tried everything else that's been suggested and as of last night, the little blighters were still scurrying around. I'm just thankful they're a long way from the house. Thanks again to all for the ideas.

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Biggles !

Interesting ants

we have discovered a very small ant colony, of very small ants, and they are moving eggs from underground and up into an old tree trunk which is 2 feet diameter and about 2 feet high, Actually, it's our wood chopping block. Fascinating, but why ????

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Sue G

ants (mint)

I have a lovely little lemon tree in a pot, last year it was attacked by ants, which i thought was strange as ants aren't supposed to like lemon. This year i have been taking the mint leaves and putting them around the trunk of the tree, NO ANTS THIS YEAR.

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Chazza

Pesky ants (v. small)

"… very small ants … moving eggs from underground and up into an old tree trunk … Fascinating, but why ????"

Fascinating indeed.
Perhaps freshly hatched v. small ants eat wood (oo-er, that's termites isn't it)?

Or their home is flooded. I don't think flooding's been mentioned on this thread, lots of non-boiling water will make them move on, which is a great method for eviction from pot plants, so long as you don't drown the plant. This works well on my cacti.

Something about ants on the Gardener's World website made me think of you, Biggs - apparently if you put one of your hens in front of an ant nest when the ants are out and about she will stay there eating them forever.

Anyway I understood that everyone in France goes away in August so maybe they're just taking a holiday. Or is that just Paris?

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Biggles !

Ants on holiday!!

The chooks love ants Chazza :0) because the grass has grown so wildly in their area the ants built high nests (I have checked, def not termites) around the grass clumps. Chooks allowed into new area and demolished the ant nests in a very short space of time; but they still want their treat of corn :0)

All the Parisiens seem to have arrived here. Roads are quite busy now and the the majority are cars with Parisien number plates. Now the new plate system is in place it will become more difficult to identify where people have come from.

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Chazza

Peski Antici

"… it will become more difficult to identify … Parisiens …"

I R a born and bred townie from London, and I just bet that Les Parisiens are no more difficult to identify when they're out of their natural habitat.

Anyway, I'm glad no one's been so immature as to mention anteaters.

Pesky ants

Elpe - I am dying to know if the peppermint oil worked.

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Elpe

Peppermint oil

Would you believe my local store (Co-op) doesn't stock it so have to wait till I'm in the supermarket. But I should think they might be drowned out by now as we had so much rain!

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aunt m

aunt m

you local chemist or Holland and Barrett should stock Peppermint oil...and Lavender oil is a great tip for fleas on your dogs and cats..have a few more aromatherphy tips up my sleeve....

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Elpe

Bye ants!

Went down the garden today armed with peppermint oil but lo & behold, there wasn't an ant in sight! Hooray! So, I don't know what treatment actually zapped them. I can only assume that the concentrated attack of the previous few days finally worked. Peppermint oil still in the cupboard to try if(!) there's a next time.

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Expat Badger

ants

think you frightened them off Elpe!

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Elpe

The Ant-beater!

Haha - maybe not an ant-eater but, for sure, an ant-beater!

 
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