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Ants and roses

B3B3 Posts: 21,500
Is a nest of black ants any danger to very well-established roses?
I'd rather leave them in peace to go about their business if I can.
In London. Keen but lazy.

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  • OmoriOmori North YorkshirePosts: 1,526
    Presence of ants would suggest the soil is very dry, so probably could do with a deep water if possible?
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,441
    Yes, flood them out, they'll move on ... 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • B3B3 Posts: 21,500
    Nature has been doing that for me for the last few months. I'll have to continue the good work😏
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Singing GardenerSinging Gardener EssexPosts: 1,189
    ant nematodes work very well at persuading the ants to move elsewhere.
  • B3B3 Posts: 21,500
    I know you'll think I'm bonkers, but I'm a bit  uncomfortable about using nematodes in the garden.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,441
    The first day of warm sunshine on our porch step and the ants are running about all over it ... a few squirts of ExAnts (herbal deterrent available online) and they’re looking for a new home 👍 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • FireFire LondonPosts: 14,093
    It's a frequent comment about ants liking dry ground, but I get ant nests in my sodden compost bins. Perhaps it's different there are they can create cavities which creates ventilation in the sodden structures.
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