Ants and ladybirds
Hello all, novice gardener here. I've recently moved to a house with a lovely, mature garden, so I want to look after it and am keen to start gardening There are a lot of greenfly on the roses. After one false start with some horrific bug spray (never again), I thought I might buy some ladybird larvae to sort them out. But the advice says, "do not use when ants are present" and I don't want to import ladybirds just for them to be killed! Now, I have never seen a garden with so many ants in. Everywhere I turn over the soil, there are ants. They are climbing up the wisteria, in the rose bushes, in the flower beds, in the rockery, you name it. They were in the kitchen when we arrived, but I have got rid of them from the house (sadly had to resort to chemicals). So, I don't really want to use toxins in the garden (I want to protect the bees etc), but I am stuck in a bit of a loop. How can I get rid of the ants, so I can bring in the ladybirds to get rid of the greenfly?