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Name: Mike Jones
Tarlton, OH (Zone 5b)
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m33jones2
Sep 13, 2017 8:27 PM CST
Does anybody know why I would find thousands of termites crawling all over each other in my garden mixed with a bunch of little red ants? There hasn't been any wood there. About 30' away is a wood pile that's been there for around 2 years, and I don't see termites or ants there, but I planted radishes where I had pumpkin earlier, and we had a heavy rain today, and when it settled down I went out and saw termites and ants all over the spot where I planted my radishes. Then maybe 50' from there where I have rhubarb pants, the same thing is going on there. ??
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Sep 13, 2017 11:36 PM CST
As they are in the ant nests, I suspect you have winged ants, not termites. This is winged ant time of year. Spring is termite time.
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Name: Mike Jones
Tarlton, OH (Zone 5b)
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m33jones2
Sep 13, 2017 11:43 PM CST
Thanks Daisy. I didn't know there were winged ants. I'll have to learn about those now. They looked like termites to me. 👍
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
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Zencat
Sep 14, 2017 3:41 AM CST
Do they have a pinched waist? Flying ants will have them. Termites will not.
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sallyg
Sep 14, 2017 7:07 AM CST
After they swarm, you won't have any particular problems. I guess, when you cultivate for a garden, they avoid that area. I have tons of ants but they stay in places I don't dig.
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Name: Mike Jones
Tarlton, OH (Zone 5b)
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m33jones2
Sep 14, 2017 8:24 AM CST
They are ants. But where I found them is a spot that I just tilled with a hoe a week or two ago. I was reading about them last night, and it sounds like as long as you don't have too many, they do more good for your garden than bad. It said they eat other insects eggs, they sort of till your soil for you... I guess I shouldn't have killed them. There were still plenty left though.
From what I read, they swarm like that to breed, and the ones that can breed grow wings, and the workers don't, but they take care of the ones that breed. But the ones I saw, the ones with wings had black bodies, but the ones without wings had reddish bodies.

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