Posted: 14/08/2012 at 20:29
Ants can kill plants by building their nests around the roots, which stops the roots getting any water and consequently killing them. They can certainly kill plants in pot much more quickly than if they were in the soil because the plant cannot divert its roots to another spot.
On the whole I don't understand why gardeners (and birdlovers for that matter) regard such things as ants, wasps, rabbits, squirrels as pests and thieves! They are creatures thave a right to live, and they make their living from the earth and the plants which grow on it (as the birds do) How are they to know that some of them we planted?
Even the birds get called thieves when they have a couple of "our" fruits!