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  1. Victoria

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    We re going through Ant Season. Ben the Gardener had mentioned ant hills in the gravel. They seem to be everywhere ... they even have the audacity to climb up my Hibiscus onto the flowers! :mad:
    They are crawling outside the kitchen door coming in. :hate-shocked: T'other Half bought these disc things they enter, take whatever is in there and take it back to the nests and kill them all. I use water spray with washing up liquid on my plants. Horror season!
     
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      i have the same here, they are in every plant, in the green houses and even in a bag of compost, which I tipped out in the hope the birds will come dow and eat them! :gaah:

      wish there was a way of getting rid of them without using pesticides?
       
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      • Victoria

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        Water with washing up liquid in a spray bottle. Kills the immediate ones sprayed but not the nests.
         
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          It must be something in the air as we have masses of them in the garden and in the pots !!:yikes:

          Some of the b*****s are the biting kind too.:sad:
           
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            I use the round bait containers on the principle that nothing else is affected by the active ingredient. Even had to put one in each citrus tree half-barrel to get rid of nests . Strangely, the cats love to roll around in a procession of ants, licking them and patting them. I wonder if they taste sugary? :scratch:
             
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              I have red ants in the front lawn. I use Ant Stop ( a liquid) which you can just water onto the nests. I only treat nests I find on the lawn, anywhere else they can live their lives.
               
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              We get these round baits from Leroy Merlin. :thumbsup: I have not seen our cats do that. :rolleyespink:

              We leave them do their thing in the gravel and earth ... but we don't like them making their way into the house. :nonofinger: We left them climbing up our little Avocado tree (no fruit).
               
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              I like ants but also don't want them indoors. I use a repellent spray around the outside doors which seems to work - we don't leave doors open as we get too much trouble with bees, wasps, birds and the neighbourhood cats coming in if we do.

              Ants on the patio are a no no! They eat their way up through the mortar between the paving so I do wash away the large piles of concrete dust and puff ant powder into the holes. :sad:

              We have loads of ants nests around the garden, both red and black, and let them do their thing unless they are in the way.

              We have one very large red ant nest in the front lawn. That is raised a couple of inches above the surface of the lawn. It would be much higher but the mower keeps it down. I'm careful to only let the mower roller touch it, I raise the mower as I run over it, and not let the blades chop it. I'm a bit sentimental about it as we have been here 50 years and the nest was here before us. :)

              Ants on our bean plants get hosed off.
               
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                If you can get some polenta or cornmeal, spread it around the ant hills, they will take it back to the nest and explode. Had them in the compost bins once and that's what i did.
                 
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                  That sounds like fun :roflol:
                   
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