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24/09/2012 at 21:29

I have poured paraffin on some serious ant  hills in my front garden. I assume the little Bu****ers are all stiffs now. Am I safe to shovel off the top of these quite large humps to level what used to be grass. Now dead for a while. For those who think I'm a monster I was initially advised to use petrol. EEEEeeekkk!!! First I must find my Spade buried in back garden weeds

PhilBoy xxx

26/09/2012 at 12:31

Don't waste money on petrol my darling, dismantle the ant hills with a rake and they will disperse. They are vevy good allies as they feast on aphids.

26/09/2012 at 12:48

Ants don't feast on aphids. Far from it. They transport aphids around from plant to plant to feed off their secretions. Ants and aphids are partners in crime.

26/09/2012 at 13:01

i have aphids on my chilli plant that has been inside all year no idea where they came from!!! have sprayed with lots of soapy water but they still keep coming back it seems... any ideas??

 

boiling water does a great job on ant hills, although it does leave you with a bald patch on the lawn

 

26/09/2012 at 14:54

I find a garlic or chilli (or even garlic and chilli) spray works better on them than plain soapy water.

 

26/09/2012 at 16:18

thanx one an all. I plan to use the rake method as I dont begrudge the little Bug***s life but my rotary mower hates their humps

Phil XXX

28/09/2012 at 16:47

OH NO! Ants don't feast on aphids, they farm them like we use cows and even carry aphids to tasty plants.

To get rid of ants, place a large pot upside down over nest and put weight ontop.  Leave for several weeks, ants will move nest up inside the pot.  When well established, slide shovell under and put into bucket of water.

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