After having my garden weeded and planted at my new house, I find that
the garden has a multitude of tiny little any hills, and the tiny
little ants are making their way into my kitchen. I solved the
kitchen problem by putting a small line of Ajax at the window where
they were coming in. But what should I do about the garden? I have
tomatoes and eggplant coming in (hopefully), not to mention all kinds
I know they're sentinent beings. Don't start.
If your soil is acidic, apply a dusting of agricultural lime
(powdered) over the ground. Ants hate chalk. Ants in the garden is
not a big concern, unless these are fire ants. They might even help
with pollination. For indoors I have used Terro syrup with success.
Unless you're dealing with fire ants or carpenter ants, you can pretty
much relax -- most ants have no interest in your gardens or your house,
other than as a freeway from here to there. I think we can rule out
carpenter ants from your description of "small":
http://tcebookstore.org/pubinfo.cfm?pubidW2 (click on "read publication"--
it's free online.)
Really good book about ants:
Holldobler and Wilson: The Ants. Springer. 1998.
Probably pavement ants or pharoah ants, both generically called "sugar
ants". Either case, not a problem. I share my garden with pharoah ants.
To control these, if out of hand, use boric acid around the house. Check
The ants in your garden will be of no concern to your plants. And
chances are the ants that you are seeing in your kitchen are actually a
different type of ant than what you are seeing in the garden, just
similar in size and color. Any of the sugar baits placed in the cracks
where you think they are gaining access at should be enough to stop them.
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