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    Ant hills

    Iím home today, as itís dry I decided to cut the grass, I last cut it Sunday week ago , I now have 41 ant hills, the mower scalped them all, they are going mad. To make it worse it was 2:00 pm and the mosquitoes were already biting.

    I think weíre in fir an odd summer

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    I assume this isn't a traditional British garden. If you also have an anteater, you're fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jukeboxs View Post
    If you also have an anteater, you're fine.
    I have the same problem in Harrow. Any idea where is the best place to hire an anteater for an hour or two?

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    My lawn is also covered in ant hills and I am blasting them with the hose. I have no idea what effect this will have on the problem, but it is making me feel better!

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    My garden is riddled with them. Iíve been hosing them but they comeback with a vengeance.

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    I canít remember it ever being this bad, Iím assuming it has something to do with the weather

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    Yes Iíve got loads on my lawn tooÖ more than Iíve ever seen before

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    Exactly the same with my lawn, I just pile through them on the mower and they soon disappear. Wonít be long before theyíre all taking to the air, which I still find amazing that they all manage to coordinate at the same time.

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    I also thought it was just me...

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    Chatting about is this week at work, my business partners mate is a pest exterminator and says this is what you need to remove ants from your garden
    https://www.nematodesdirect.co.uk/9-no-ants-nematodes
    Last edited by Franky Four Fingers; 13th July 2021 at 19:43.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Franky Four Fingers View Post
    Chatting about is this week at work, my business partners mate is a pest exterminator and says this is what you need to remove ants from your garden
    https://www.nematodesdirect.co.uk/9-no-ants-nematodes
    In my case I think the Ants would just move somewhere else in the garden, but may be ideal for smaller gardens

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    Quote Originally Posted by adrianw View Post
    In my case I think the Ants would just move somewhere else in the garden, but may be ideal for smaller gardens
    Lol yeh, closer to the house, I was also thinking you’d then have to cover your garden in something to kill the worms and so on.

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    Glad it is not just us! I have never seen so many, both red and black ants and 20+ nests in our lawn. Iím leaving them alone apart from when they start on the pointing between the patio slabsÖ

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    Quote Originally Posted by Franky Four Fingers View Post
    Chatting about is this week at work, my business partners mate is a pest exterminator and says this is what you need to remove ants from your garden
    https://www.nematodesdirect.co.uk/9-no-ants-nematodes
    Waste of time and money in my experience. Iíve tried nematodes on a couple of occasions and both times it had precisely zero effect.

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    Our lawn looks awful as a result too, glad we are all in similar positions...gutted, as the grass where they are not is better than it has ever looked with the efforts we put in.

    Reminds me of years ago where my wife used boiling water to rid us of ants....on the grass, so we simply had a large dead patch of grass looking far worse.

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    Same problem down here in Hampshire. Feels like a game of whac-a-mole, raking down all the yellow ant hills on the lawn. I too have assumed it must be to do with favourable weather conditions this year. Presumably it may be followed by a glut of whatever is next up the food chain?

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    Noticed quite a few nests on what is still mowed lawn on our garden.

    Every year though, Iíve been turning more and more of the lawn to meadow, and cutting paths through it. Iíve noticed a lot more ant nests in there as well, where they do no harm.

    The amount of bee and insect life thatís in amongst the meadow parts is massive compared to the barren lawns.

    And itís very low maintenance and I think looks beautiful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tooks View Post

    And itís very low maintenance and I think looks beautiful.
    Lawn is probably the worst thing you can have in your garden after concrete for nature. Meadow is fantastic.
    'Against stupidity, the gods themselves struggle in vain' - Schiller.

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    I welcome and respect ants in my garden ... they're part of the garden's ecosystem. Ants do not deserve to be exterminated by ignorant householders who know 'Sweet Fanny Adams' about garden ecology. Some householders on seeing an ants' nest immediately go into their girly and unnecessary panic mode ... Ants are wonderful creatures ... nature will remedy any excess ants without interventions from frightened and nervous householders. Man up and leave them alone!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sundial View Post
    I welcome and respect ants in my garden ... they're part of the garden's ecosystem. Ants do not deserve to be exterminated by ignorant householders who know 'Sweet Fanny Adams' about garden ecology. Some householders on seeing an ants' nest immediately go into their girly and unnecessary panic mode ... Ants are wonderful creatures ... nature will remedy any excess ants without interventions from frightened and nervous householders. Man up and leave them alone!!
    You get my vote
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    Quote Originally Posted by sundial View Post
    I welcome and respect ants in my garden ... they're part of the garden's ecosystem. Ants do not deserve to be exterminated by ignorant householders who know 'Sweet Fanny Adams' about garden ecology. Some householders on seeing an ants' nest immediately go into their girly and unnecessary panic mode ... Ants are wonderful creatures ... nature will remedy any excess ants without interventions from frightened and nervous householders. Man up and leave them alone!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Franky Four Fingers View Post
    Chatting about is this week at work, my business partners mate is a pest exterminator and says this is what you need to remove ants from your garden
    https://www.nematodesdirect.co.uk/9-no-ants-nematodes
    Nemasys!

    Awesome name for that product, all things considered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sundial View Post
    nature will remedy any excess ants without interventions from frightened and nervous householders. Man up and leave them alone!!
    Personally I'm not nervous or frightened. Or ignorant of their role in the ecosystem. I just like to have a usable area of lawn without muddy mounds all over it. Our front garden is a wildflower meadow and I love the diversity of insect and bird life this encourages. But I'm equally keen to discourage ants away from the areas of the garden that I like to enjoy myself :0)

    (Also not keen on the way they encourage aphids on our plumb and pear trees but have introduced ladybirds to help fight the cause on that one)

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    Quote Originally Posted by sundial View Post
    I welcome and respect ants in my garden ... they're part of the garden's ecosystem. Ants do not deserve to be exterminated by ignorant householders who know 'Sweet Fanny Adams' about garden ecology. Some householders on seeing an ants' nest immediately go into their girly and unnecessary panic mode ... Ants are wonderful creatures ... nature will remedy any excess ants without interventions from frightened and nervous householders. Man up and leave them alone!!
    Quite a few other fauna depend on ants, such as blue butterflies for instance. Leave them alone, they won't kill you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sundial View Post
    I welcome and respect ants in my garden ... they're part of the garden's ecosystem. Ants do not deserve to be exterminated by ignorant householders who know 'Sweet Fanny Adams' about garden ecology. Some householders on seeing an ants' nest immediately go into their girly and unnecessary panic mode ... Ants are wonderful creatures ... nature will remedy any excess ants without interventions from frightened and nervous householders. Man up and leave them alone!!
    Last year the wife bought 2 hydrangea plants and placed them around the patio. They both flowered at the same time and very late in to the year, were very healthy and looked great. At the end of summer they were placed along with 2 bay trees in an tomato greenhouse and brought out after the end of the last frosts which was again quite late around here.

    A few months back we noticed that one was struggling, the new shoots weren’t as full and it just looked very ropey.
    I left it a bit longer and eventually decided to swap places with the other one just in case it wasn’t getting the same amount of sun. It was when I moved it that I found that it was infested with black ants which had taken root deep inside the pot.
    Not wanting to disturb the ants I decided to leave them be and see what would happen.


    Here are 2 photos of both of the plants......gold star to anyone who can tell me which one doesn’t have ants in the root ball.





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    Last edited by Franky Four Fingers; 15th July 2021 at 20:42.

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    Iíve found three when mowing the lawn today. Weíve always had a healthy number of black ants and flying ant day is always a pain but have never noticed hills before on the lawn. These three hills all contain red ants which weíve never seen in our garden before.

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    I leave ant hills in My garden for the local woodpeckers to tuck into.As someone else stated they exist for a reason.

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