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I was over at the allotment today, and whilst covering the first leaves of the potato crop (Maris Bard) I came across a large red ant colony.
It's our first year on the allotment and we're trying to learn fast! Will these ants damage the crop? If so,what can we do?!
Thanks in advance of any advice!
Ants don't eat plants so they won't damage your potatoes, they eat aphids so can be a good thing to have around.
My garden is full of red ants i wish i could get rid of them, ive bought ant traps but they dont even go in them, anybody got any suggestions, i got bitten last year it stung for 3 days nasty.
Ants like to be left alone, so as you keep earthing your potatoes up you'll disturb them and they'll move elsewhere - they also prefer dry soil so a little judicious watering will make them think about moving on.
Enjoy your allotment
I always get ants in my dalek composters, I guess the heat helps them raise their brood, they improve the air circulation so aid the composting, I always feel a little guilty when I water or turn the compost!.
Thanks everybody for your help and advice! I'm sure I'll need more in the future as we get to know the allotment, but for now I'll just keep earthing the potatoes and hope the ants move on!
Many of my potatoes are full of great brown caverns with a smaller entry hole from the outside. I thought it was slug damage, but the caverns are full of ants - very small and slower moving than normal ants
Trorn......I'm no expert but I imagine slugs have made the original holes and the ants have taken advantage