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  • CurlyCarlyCurlyCarly Posts: 80

    I sorted out my red ants this week. Digging with my spade at arms length - so that they didn't invade my private spaces - I dug out the nest, put it in one of those big bucket things and chucked them all in the canal (I'm lucky to have one at the bottom of my garden)... and so the circle of life continues. There were lots of fish ripples around for some time. If you don't have a canal handy a bucket of water might do the trick!

  • I do have ants nests on my lawn, I have left them to it as once I saw a green woodpecker eating them.  However, one of my holly hedge plants died - it had an ants nest very close to it, at the time I didn't think anything of it, until another holly plant has died which also has an ants nest just in front of it - is it the ants nest that is killing the holly or is it a coincidence both plants looked healthy until I just suddenly noticed the brown and dead!  Any ideas?

  • Clive 1Clive 1 Posts: 1

    folks tries everything to the point of bankrupsy to rid my large lawns of red ants then after years of frustration I found a product called "Armillatox"

    suitable foe all sorts of garden/greenhouse disinfecting, BUT lo and behold it kills ants on contact (Watered into lawn)

    Not cheap but dont waste your money as I did on everything under the sun,

    learn from my lesson,

    It is THE ONLY product I have found after years of frustration and expense that works


  • CurlyCarlyCurlyCarly Posts: 80

    I've just received a refund for some nematodes I ordered from T&M to kill off the RED ants in my large garden. The website said it killed the ants but on receiving the package it informed me they only irritate the ants and move them elsewhere. This is of absolutely no use to me as I have a bad reaction to red ant stings (I'm happy to share my garden with ants of any colour apart from the red ones).

    I searched elsewhere online and it seems that a solution of Borax is the only sure answer. I had been told this was now illegal but find it has simply been reclassified and is still available on Ebay. Apparently you mix it with sugar ie 1 teaspoon of Borax to 10 teaspoons of sugar, and mix it to a gluey consistency with warm water and leave it by the ant runs, I plan to put it in an unturned jar to protect it from rain.. The ants take it to their nest and it should do the trick.

  • Curlycarly. you are nearly right. My Grandad was the greenkeeper at a very good golf club. He showed me to put a ring of ordinary granulated sugar around the mound or nest. Sugar costs about 90p for a kilo as opposed to expensive ant powders, gels etc. The ants can't get enough of it, a bit like giving neat alcohol to an alcoholic, and quite simply the kill themselves with sugar poisoning. Very environmentally friendly, very cheap, very effective, job done

  • gsdfandfgsdfandf Posts: 85

    Just read all of this thread & it seems the areas that are most affected are lawns. I should be so lucky! I must have a nest, a flaming great nest in the cavity of the one walled section of our conservatory. At this time of year July/August they emerge from under the PVC window ledge onto the patio as mainly flying ants & even appearing from between the patio paving stones. We have a Wilkinsons store nearby & their Ant & Insect Killer (£2) does exactly what it says on the tin. The spray kills 'em on contact, the powder I inject into the air bricks. As for the nest, where would I start to find that? Again, at this time of year, I only have to accidently knock the area of the PVC sill & out they come in their thousands. I also pour boiling water into the paving cracks as they appear. Thank goodness they don't appear in the house, as a precaution when we first encountered this problem outside, I totally sealed the corresponding area in the conservatory. 

  • I have loads of ants in our lawns and in and a huge nest in a potted tree I think they are amazing creatures and would never kill them, they do so much good to your garden and work so hard, I just would feel awful if I killed them

  • LM88LM88 Posts: 1

    What if you don't know where the nest is. I see black and red ants in my grass And I have a 3 year ago led who loves playing outside but gets bitten lots. i just dont know what to do image

  • In my garden I have used insect killer spray. It is very effective and can be used in both indoors and outdoors. It is very effective against ants, flying insects, roaches, spiders. One more thing, it is safe for kids, pets and even plants that's why I brought this online from

  • Just today I've discovered 2 ant nests while cutting the grass in my front garden. The bigger one is about the size of a rugby ball and the other like a tennis ball.

    A little research into whether a nest can negatively affect my living conditions later... I've decided NOT to remove these nests. Why?

    1. They are out of the way.

    2. They will not harm me or the house I live in.

    3. Why kill anything just for the sake of it.

    Please, I beg you all to think if it's really necessary before you decide to kill a nest. All creatures play a part in sustaining an ecosystem balance.

    Obviously if a nest is inside the house then we have to get rid of it but if it's in a part of a garden that is out of the way, why kill it.

    I will soon plant things around the nests and incorporate these structures to be part of my garden.

    Last edited: 09 July 2016 18:20:08

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