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Ants in the garden


by Pippa Greenwood

I've employed a home-grown method to reducing the number of ants in my garden. As soon as I find an ants nest, I scoop up one of my hungry hens and position her in front of it.


AntsI'm not sure what year it is according to the Chinese, but in my garden it is the year of the ant.

I never got round to ordering any of the biological ant controls that have been launched recently, so I can't report back on their merits, but I've heard some good reports from those who've tried it, and who have told me about it at various shows I've attended.

But I've employed a home-grown method to reducing the number of ants in my garden. As soon as I find an ants nest, I scoop up one of my hungry hens and position her in front of it. This way, the hen gets to do all the hard work, and gets a tasty treat. It's a real joy to watch her pecking at the soil, and within minutes there's not an ant in sight.

Bearing in mind that ants release formic acid when they bite, I can't help but be fascinated by the fact that hens like to eat them so much. I wonder if it's like eating salt-and-vinegar-flavoured crisps - strangely mouth tingling, generally rather unpleasant, but still strangely more-ish. I wish I could speak hen!



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Gardeners' World Web User 21/08/2009 at 22:45

I wish I could solve the problem of the hordes of ants that make a home for themselves in my compost bin. Any ideas?

Gardeners' World Web User 23/08/2009 at 13:28

Ants do not like citronellic acid so every time I have an orange I cut the peel up into tiny pieces and sprinkle it in vulnerable spots like the thyme bed and the kitchen door as they are attracted to sugar. Seems to work.

Gardeners' World Web User 31/08/2009 at 09:53

Ridiculous ... We need help, no silly prases. They can move a house to the next street.....ANY USEFUL TIPS/ADVICE?

Gardeners' World Web User 04/09/2009 at 03:43

I haven't removed ants from my garden as I work on clay and keep hoping that they will loosen the soil, brown ants at one end of the garden quiet OK! but that ginger lot, visious little things and I approach with care.perhapes I should rescue some chickens.

Gardeners' World Web User 21/09/2009 at 09:05

Rescue chickens, a great thing to do , though I confess that ours were not rescued, I was hearing all about the process from someone recently, and although a harrowing experience when the birds first arrive (mostly with few feathers and unable to walk),it also sounds as if by doing it you not onlt help the hens themselves, but are also well rewarded by seeing how they are transformed!

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