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kaz

Ants

They are back again
We have to get rid of them from the same spot every year and think that we have eradicated them. Is it the eggs hatching from last year that are starting to invade us again now?
Hawkeye

we are quite lucky with ants but we have got some things called Ant Stop bait station, dont know how good they are  hav'nt used them yet
mogs

when we bought out fields, they were covered in hundreds ( and i literally mean hundreds ) of what looked like moles hills that had been covered in grass......even tho some of them were at least 2 feet high !!!
because they were dangerous to the horses, and me on the quad   , we decided they had to go...so we tried to flatten them.....what a mistake that was............they were not mole hills, but red ants nests !!!!
so we gradually dig them up and destroyed them.

i swear if anyone saw me from the road, they would have had me commited there and then, i was taking off the top of the mound with a shovel, then using a blow torch to kill all the eggs and ants in them......there were millions of them inside each colony. took forever, but it worked, we now have a flat surfaced field........
Full Tilt Boogie

Re: Ants

kaz wrote:
They are back again
We have to get rid of them from the same spot every year and think that we have eradicated them. Is it the eggs hatching from last year that are starting to invade us again now?


Last week, I decided to remove the rockery from around a tree, in the back garden, which had patently died - only to find that when I removed each of the rocks in turn, the tell-tale chambers and the network of tunnels of an ant hill were present under each one. No prizes for guessing why the conifer died!

So, rather than go and get some industrial-strength ant-killing agent, has anyone here got a more eco-friendly method of destroying the pests?

Thanks in advance!

FTB.
Seabird

I actually use a kettle of boiling water!
Full Tilt Boogie

Seabird wrote:
I actually use a kettle of boiling water!


Easy enough! I think I can muster the ingredients for that!  

You say 'usually' - how long before you have to repeat the process - i.e. how long before the wee beggars return and you have to do it again?
MrsWW

Seabird wrote:
I actually use a kettle of boiling water!



Same here  

Time to re-do it . . . . if and when you see more of the beggars  
lizzie44

What happens when the ants are in a big container?? we have a magnificent acer that is about 25 years old and it clearly is suffering from ants in its pants. I cant use boiling water on that?? Any ideas? Love Lizzie

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