I am wondering if someone can help me.
Ants have taken over my raised vegetable garden and they hurt when they bite so my garden has been neglected. My son is now getting old enough to help in the garden and I would love to get them up and growing (more than weeds) again.
See pictures of the nasty things below. (I also have green ants and little ants)
I have tried ant powder but no success.
Should I look at getting a pest man out (would this work)? Or is there another option? Do I need to empty them (raised gardens) as the ants seem to be in them aswell as around them? Should I move them to another part of my garden(where there is little ants?
I miss getting out and picking my vegetables, so looking forward to some help and getting these up and growing again without the fear of getting bitten.
Ouch. They sound nasty little things. I put a few solutions in another post about ants. You can put water in a spray bottle and add half a dozen drops of lemon juice. Spray it on areas where you've noticed plenty of ant traffic. If you know where they are coming from you can also draw chalk lines - the ants won't cross the chalk. Coffee grounds also work and can assist the plants. You can also grow plants that ants don't like - eg fennel, peppermint, lavender. Good luck!
I would use borax. Mix equal parts of borax and something sweet like jelly in a bowl. You can also make a paste with borax and water and sugar. Then put the bowl in your vegetable garden. The borax will kill the ants. They should also take it back to their nest which should wipe it out.
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I have used icing sugar mixed with water to a thin paste. Place the mixture in small containers such as plastic Chinese containers and place strategically around the garden and the ants will flock to it. I just put a new dish out every 1 or 2 days and this seems to help control the ant numbers.