Ants In Soil - Knowledgebase Question

Brick, NJ
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Question by MJDJJ
May 13, 1998
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 from NGA
May 13, 1998
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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