The Q&A Archives: Ants In Soil

Question: I have just started planting my annuals and I see lots and lots of ants in the soil. Should I get rid of the ants before
planting? If so, with what?

Answer: If the ants are nesting in the soil, you'll probably chase them out when you begin watering regularly. Ants normally find a nice, dry place to nest and will pack up and leave if things get too wet. Ants can be a nuisance, but they're also beneficial, killing and carting off other garden insects. Try watering your garden bed deeply and frequently to discourage the ants from living there.

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