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07/08/2012 at 13:05

Can anyone offer a solution please....

We are completely over-run with ant nests both in the lawn and around the espeliars. Can anyone offer any help we have tried the Nemasys and standard off the counter deterrents to no avail, they just seem to move location.... We have both red and black ants nesting just feet apart is this normal? When treating with Nemasys we located 60 nests in the lawn alone and with the warmer weather hopefully on the horizon it would be great to allow the grand kids on the lawn....

07/08/2012 at 13:39

There is an solution that I have posted before but got told off for cruelty to ants-but the boiling water trick kills them instantly if not nicely

07/08/2012 at 13:47

I know what yo mean. They seem to get everywhere. I have got a lemon tree in a pot and it is infested with black ants. I dont want to kill them so I have just left it. I did move it out of the greenhouse though.

Will this infestation actually kill my lemon tree in the end?

Over the counter stuff doesnt work!

 

 

07/08/2012 at 13:48

Thanks looks like this could be the only route left to take  

07/08/2012 at 14:13

Hi Andrew, I think the ants on your lemon tree will be after aphids as they like the honey dew the aphids produce.

My daughter told me that a mixture of icing sugar and bicarbonate of soda kills ants as they take back to their nests.

07/08/2012 at 16:01

Hi Pam does the icing sugar and bicarbonate have to be mixed into a paste first or do you mix them both dry?

 

07/08/2012 at 16:24

Hi Annie I mixed them dry in my conservatory and it seemed to work but outside you'd have to put it into some sort of container that the ants could get in but at the same time keeping the mixture from getting wet or washed away.

07/08/2012 at 16:30
Annie5. Did you keep lawn moist after applying nematodes? They dry out and will die. I water well for several days afterwards and feel nematodes do work......?
07/08/2012 at 16:57

I've seen loads of ants in my garden this year, tbh they don't bother me one bit and I don't seem them as pests. Never did when I was child either

07/08/2012 at 18:27

Many thanks Pam, will give it a try.

Chris yes have really kept the lawn damp either by natural rain or hose but they have some ant power for sure...

Hollie its the red ants that are the problem with the kids, especially as they are still crawling

07/08/2012 at 18:35

Hi Annie, the red ones do bite, I can see that would be a problem with very young children.

07/08/2012 at 19:13

Hi Hollie absolutely I am a greenie so would normally let live but these peskie reds are a nuisance unfortunately Kind regards Annie.

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