How do I get rid of numerous ant hills in my garden?

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How to stop ants in the garden with nematodes

Q I have numerous ant hills in my garden and I’m wondering what is the best way to get rid of them. I’ve tried lots of different powders amd fluids in the past but they don’t help.

Paul

A Ants can be a worry in the garden but they are a nuisance rather than destructive pests.

They do little damage to plants themselves, except by disturbing soil around plant roots and depositing it on the surface during their nest building activities. This can be a nuisance especially on lawns where small mounds of soil are more obvious & unsightly.

An alternative method to using chemicals is biological control.

Parasitic nematodes (roundworms) are available through mail order. You mix them with water and apply to the soil – they then destroy the ant larvae.

They must be applied to moist, warmer soil (at least 10C) on a cloudy day or in the evening. Find out more about them here.


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2017-01-17T19:12:25+00:00

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