Ants In Garden - Knowledgebase Question

Mars, PA
Question by PaulaJean
May 14, 2001
This is my second year for my garden. My husband just built me a small raised area and turned the soil and found a huge nest of ants. Do we need to get rid of them? If so , how and what do we need to do? Thank you.

Paula Jean Colonello
I am handiacapp so this is therapy for me.

Answer from NGA
May 14, 2001


In most cases ants are not harmful and will actually help aerate the soil and so on. Since it is a raised bed where you will be working, you may find the ants a problem if they bite you. In that case I would suggest you contact your county extension (287-4761) for suggestions on how to get rid of them; your options may depend on whether you are growing edible plants or vegetables and on what kind of ants they are.

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