Posted: 16/04/2013 at 10:53
We just moved into an old house, the garden is full of moss, weeds (and daffodills!)... I noticed lines of ants running up the driveway for a while but thought nothing more of it.
I have been de-weeding some of the flower beds (quite tricky around the daffs!), but there is one particular bed near the house that as I dug the weeds out, discovered it's full of ants. It looked/ felt like there was almost no soil in there and 80% ants. I aired the soil for a bit, and moved onto the next part, but it seems the ants nest goes along all 5 metres of the flower bed, near the house.
Perhaps not for the squeamish Whilst weeding you couldn't see the fingers of my garden gloves, covered in black ants, after they were starting to get a bit much on my arms and face, I stopped the weeding. I've seen ants of this concentration in large forest ant hills in europe, but not in a UK garden until now.
I'm all in favour of having an eco-system in the garden, but is there anything I can or should do about that particular bed? I'm not sure how any plants will survive there as it's an underground ant cavern
Just out of interest, I've noticed quite a lot of large house spiders running around outside the house in that area, I guess this must be what they're enjoying! Actually I hadn't realised they feed on ants.. is it possible?
I hope I don't sound like a meanie but I'm not sure the situation can stay the way it is, I look forward to advice, thanks