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Pesky ants!

Hi All

we have a major problem with ants in the garden and have both been bitten by both red ants out there and black ants, which I didn’t think they could do.

We have a 1year old daughter and 2 dogs so we can’t use any poisons to get rid of them, don’t really want to kill them either. We have been told that apparently using lawn sand can help move them on as they can no longer tunnel when it makes its way down through the soil.

i have looked on line for a method, but cannot find anything, have any of you heard of this technique or could you offer us any advice?



  • DaffydillyDaffydilly Posts: 78
    Nemasys ant repellant, watered in.   Order online. completely safe or plant  peppermint, rosemary, thyme, lavender, tansy, pennyroyal, the common yarrow, and garlic. 
    Here, there and everywhere
  • DaffydillyDaffydilly Posts: 78
    You don`t have to plant them all!
    Here, there and everywhere
  • viccidviccid Posts: 3
    ha! I did wonder, thanks for your advice 😊
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 85,975
    And water their nests regularly  ... they like dry soil. 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 53,910
    As @Dovefromabove says - a good soaking helps move them on. The excessive dry weather has seen a huge increase in them in gardens.
    We even have a lot here, and they are usually low in numbers and not very visible most of the time, as our climate is generally much damper  :)  

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • viccidviccid Posts: 3
    Thank you, I’ll do that.
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