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Ants. Are they getting quicker?

Started by: Salmon & Ball (665) 

Been in the garden today doing a bit of potting and tidying up. I have a few pots which I have turned into planters.
I moved a few of them and the there were a load of ants under each of them. I put my size 10's on them, no problem. Calm before the storm. I Thought, job done. Wrong! Then another lot kept appearing in dribs and drabs. Only a couple at a time but could l catch them with my foot without serious speed , no! I remember when I was a kid we used to sit on the flags and kill them with a wooden lolly stick and we had no trouble catching them.

I did manage to kill a few but as soon as I did another couple would appear. Normally I would not bother with them but last year I had them in my outhouse so i'm a bit more vigilant now. Dethlac is the way forward

Started: 17th May 2019 at 18:20

Posted by: broady (15822) 

The weight of ants in the world is more than the weight of all the human beings.

Replied: 17th May 2019 at 22:35

Posted by: Salmon & Ball (665) 

I thought I was flogging a dead ant

Replied: 17th May 2019 at 23:26

Posted by: broady (15822) 

We have lots and the permafrost has been below it's normal 8' this year so they must get well down or visit their cousins in Oz.

Replied: 17th May 2019 at 23:46

Posted by: lectriclegs (3900)

Don't tread on an ant, he's done nothing to you
There might come a day when he's treading on you
Don't tread on an ant, you'll end up black and blue
You cut off his head, legs come looking for you

Replied: 18th May 2019 at 11:54

Posted by: momac (10788) 

I've seen loads of ants coming to the rescue when some of them have been
killed..at least that's what it seemed to me..even seen them carrying injured
ones off...seems unbelievable..take time to watch..you'll see what I mean.

Replied: 18th May 2019 at 16:27

Posted by: kathpressey (5127) 

I too have noticed a lot of ants this year. I don't mind them as lond as they stay outside

Replied: 21st May 2019 at 08:41

Posted by: taylork54 (247)

Ask the 1" long one that had a go at my wife`s leg recently here in Adelaide, you could hear it running off.!
Between my wife screaming the Ant laughing and me try to clog dance on it you couldn`t hear the tellie.
Kevan

Replied: 14th Jun 2019 at 06:50

Posted by: priscus (8272)

I get lots of ant's nests in my Strawberry plots, where I am reluctant to use toxins, so I will be trying this, which I have previously mentioned on another thread.

Rice, ground to a very fine powder in a coffee grinder.

Place in the ant runs. Workers take it to feed to the queen.

Moisture causes the rice to swell, and the queen explodes!

Replied: 23rd Jun 2019 at 14:30

Posted by: i-spy (14716) 

God save the king

Replied: 26th Jun 2019 at 17:18

Posted by: priscus (8272)

Strawberry beds just washed out this year, so will be another year ere I get opportunity to try out the idea.

Replied: 26th Jun 2019 at 21:44

Posted by: nanajacqui (2968) 

I had an army of ants at the top of my drive almost on the pavement.Best £7.98 ever spent from Amazon 4 Ant Stop Bait Station Home Defence Ant Stopper.Put 2 down and watched them march across the drive & into the garden & like magic none there after 3 days

Replied: 20th Jul 2019 at 13:33

Posted by: broady (15822) 

All ours have drowned. Rained every day for ages.

Replied: 20th Jul 2019 at 13:40

Posted by: nanajacqui (2968) 

Replied: 20th Jul 2019 at 13:48

Posted by: broady (15822) 

On the plus side the garden is very green and I haven’t had to spend on the irrigation.

Replied: 20th Jul 2019 at 14:02

Posted by: retep1949 (617)

Does anyone get red ants,not seen them for years but they were biters.I remember having a drink though a straw when I was young and a red ant was in the straw and bit me inside my mouth.

Replied: 20th Jul 2019 at 14:53

Posted by: momac (10788) 

Retep..I bet that was painful.
My Dad used to throw bread down where he saw any ants..the birds came
down for the bread ..spotted the ants and that was that.

Replied: 21st Jul 2019 at 15:57
Last edited by momac: 21st Jul 2019 at 15:59:05

 

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