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is there an easy way of getting rid of ants , ive tried all the powders on the market they don't really work ,their driving me up the wall

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  • Kitty 2Kitty 2 ManchesterPosts: 5,150

    Giving the nest a good drenching with water usually helps disperse them annmarie.  Where are you finding them, in pots or the garden?

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,393

    ants are part of life. The trick is to learn to live with them and the rest of nature.

    stop a moment and think what harm the numerous powders are doing to insects in you garden and to the birds that live on insects. 

  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 8,557

    Ants are mainly interested in sugary foods.
    If you've got lots in the house, that's one thing, but they do no harm to plant roots.
    Like nut I let them get on with their lives in peace - mainly, except my dog lays on the patio licking up each ant as it passes image 

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  • Singing GardenerSinging Gardener EssexPosts: 1,189

    Nematodes work quite well in the garden to shift them and they don't kill them (no use in the house, of course!). Like nut and Pete I just leave mine, not least because I have green woodpeckers which come to eat them. Sometimes I think that my garden is just one large ants' nest!

  • annmarie 2annmarie 2 Posts: 155

    I don't tend to get them in the house only if the dogs bring them in on their coats , its normally where ever I do weeding and on the lawn , I cant sit on the grass as I,l get bitten by them and boy it isn't half itchy when that  happens ...

  • hogweedhogweed Central ScotlandPosts: 4,037

    Are they in the house or outside?

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  • annmarie 2annmarie 2 Posts: 155

    outside

  • B3B3 Posts: 21,517

    We have an agreement. Any ants that go in the pots or in the house die. Anywhere else, they can get on with their lives. I have a few nests dotted about. They are fascinating creatures. It's a good job they're so small or we'd be in real troubleimage

    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Mark56Mark56 Windsor, BerkshirePosts: 1,653

    Water is the solution, they hate damp areas for nesting. 

  • B3B3 Posts: 21,517

    I  remember many years ago, their was an ants' nest in the middle of the lawn so I hosed it. There was a big puddle of water and I saw the ants rescuing the eggs. I felt like a murderer so I put a lollystick as a bridge so they could get out. -what a softy!

    In London. Keen but lazy.
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