Ant attack

by Pippa Greenwood

It may not be 'nice', it may not be kind, and it certainly isn't my normal style... but I've taken to victimising ants!

AntsIt may not be 'nice' it may not be kind, and it certainly isn't my normal style... but I've taken to victimising ants! Well, it's not exactly a campaign, but I have to confess that despite my usual "ants belong in the garden... they got there before I did" attitude, I have now started to dispose of them.

OK, I still feel guilty every time I flatten one, as I remember my mother's adage: 'be kind to your six-legged friends - an ant may be somebody's mother!'. BUT... I have had enough. Everywhere I sit outside for a cuppa, or every time I kneel down to tend some plants or remove some weeds, one (or six or more) nips up my legs and bites me where it hurts. My legs are positively screaming on bad days. And then, to top it all, the horseflies are out.

They all seem to have thrived on the super-saturated patch that was my garden. I might just become the first ant-eating vegetarian.

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Gardeners' World Web User 11/08/2007 at 15:42

I had never given ants much thought until twenty minutes ago but I not only have them in my compost bin, they're now in my greenhouse. Help how do I get rid of them? P.s. Im not a killer I usualy pick up spiders and put them outside whilst others scream.

Gardeners' World Web User 12/08/2007 at 21:32

Ditto Ditto!! Re: Ant attack. We are swarmed this year, and aswell as everything has a purpose in life I feel we are certainly out numbered and ants in multiples do prove to be an irritating, itchy, biting nuisance this year.

Gardeners' World Web User 14/08/2007 at 17:21

The ants in our garden are beyond a joke now. They are everywhere. Under paving slabs, in containers, in the rockery,in every hole I dig and under any spot on the lawn anyone wants to sit on! I've tried boiling water, sprays and powders but nothing seems to make much difference. They're fascinating but it's not funny any more. Does anyone know the relationship betwee the ants and the very small off-white moths that come out of the nests just as the ants start to swarm? I've wondered for years.

Gardeners' World Web User 15/08/2007 at 09:04

Ants! I can live with them in the garden, but I've drawn the line when they invade our kitchen. Everywhere was covered with them trying to use their newly formed wings. Ugh! The vacuum cleaner was the only answer but we couldn't find how they had got in. A few days later the same happened again but this time we were there to watch the invasion. They were coming through a ventilation grille in the utility room next to the kitchen. Out came the vac again. We're now on permanent ant alert and the "vac method" does seem to work (inside the house).

Gardeners' World Web User 15/08/2007 at 15:15

We own and run a Hardy Cyclamen nursery and have had ant problems for years. They are attracted to the sweet covering of the ripening seeds and walk off with them unless we get there first. We use RAID Ant & Cockroach Killer (natural pyrethrum) which locally clears the ants rapidly. As a bonus we now don't have Vine Weevil!! It clears them also.

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