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Ant invasion


by Jane Moore

Listening recently to the Today programme on BBC Radio 4, I was horrified to learn that Lasius neglectus, an invasive ant species, could soon be arriving in British gardens.


Jane MooreListening recently to the Today programme on BBC Radio 4, I was horrified to learn that Lasius neglectus, an invasive ant species, could soon be arriving in British gardens. The species, thought to have originated in western Asia, is already established in France, Germany, Belgium and Poland.

Although Lasius neglectus resembles the common black garden ant, it is very different in its behaviour. It can establish 'supercolonies', eradicating other ant colonies in its path.

Ants have caused me a few problems on the plot in the past couple of years. They make their nests down the side of my raised beds which means I get attacked and bitten when I'm weeding. I know an ant bite isn't much to whinge about, but there are an awful lot of them and they seem to be multiplying. I have a 'live-and-let-live' attitude but the prospect of still more of the blighters is rather depressing.

I don't much relish the prospect of Lasius neglectus overrunning the plot and ruining my root veg. Perhaps I should stock up on ant powder.



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Gardeners' World Web User 07/08/2009 at 20:02

As the ants have no capability to disperse by flight, if common sense prevails (which is unlikely in the present day UK)the English Channel should be an effective barrier to prevent them arriving here. That is of course unless they're imported using potted shrubs and plants as Trojan Horses. The government should immediately outlaw such imports with stringent penalties for those who don't obey. We have more than enough indigenous ants making thorough pests of themselves and we certainly don't need lasius neglectus to add to our woes. Still, if the government shows as much initiative with the ants as it does with its immigration policy.....

Gardeners' World Web User 28/11/2011 at 18:37

Hi Jane Yes that does not sound one bit appealing I must admit. only problem I found in the past with ants,was the fact ant powder seemed to have no effect whatsoever. I had a major problem with wasps in my roof,which were immune to wasp powder as well,but someone suggested woodlice powder which done the trick nicely. Anyway,the best of luck