Intheswamp said:I'm just giving this thread a bump to see if anybody else has some suggestions. I've got (and have had for several years) a very bad ant problem on our property. Small ants, maybe "Argentine" ants. They don't sting, per se, and are really non-aggressive. I can pick okra (which usually has lots of ants on it) and have the ants crawling all over my hands and arms but they never sting or bite. The most I've really gotten from them is a bite when one would get in the crease of my elbow and I'd bend my arm, trapping the ant. BUT...they're *everywhere* and aphids are terrible each year on my southern cow peas...and of course ants are present there. In the past I've used peanut butter mixed with boric acid on a fairly large scale which *might* have slowed them down a bit, but they would regroup and come again. I'm thinking I need to treat the area outside the garden area and try to form a "no ant zone" perimeter. Shoot, they used the strips of drip tape running down the rows for super-highways and evacuation routes during heavy rains...hauling there eggs back and forth.
They're so bad I may be tempted to go nuclear on them!!!!
Intheswamp said: I'm not really sure what to do for outside of the house, though. We're talking an area covering a few acres where there's a large population. But, if we could get rid of them around the house perimeter and the garden area we'd be much happier than we are now.
JesusMadeFood said:Before I posted here I searched "Ants" a bunch of times. I think that it defaulted to "plants" instead.
After going to YouTube University I found out that ants are the devil.
Did you watch the video above?
Then you know this to be true!
But all kidding aside, here's a video a raised bed gardener did on ants.
I learned that ants are APHID RANCHERS! They protect harmful pests while attacking good preditory insects. First thing tomorrow morning I will move the bales back to the other side of the house.
Then I won't use them until I get rid of my ants. Maybe boric acid and sugar bait.