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Re: ants and mulch

I would expect that Donna's area is a little too far north for  
copperheads. The ants probably did come from your yard. I have had  
the same thing happen - no need to waste the mulch, just spread it,  
and if the ants are really thick, and the area close to the house,  
break out the ant and roach killer.

Cathy, west central IL, z5b

On Jun 2, 2007, at 3:35 PM, Daryl wrote:

> The ants probably came from your own yard and just moved into dry  
> quarters. They'll probably disperse since their queen and the rest  
> of the colony will be disturbed by your spreading it. Not only will  
> they be disoriented, but they'll also be prey for every other ant  
> on your property.
> Some aggressive and territorial  snakes, such as Black Racers, are  
> extremely beneficial. They chase Copperheads and other nasties out  
> of your yard. And one of the most passive snakes, the Copperhead,  
> can do a nasty.
> d
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Donna" <gossiper@sbcglobal.net>
> To: "gardenchat list" <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Sent: Saturday, June 02, 2007 3:40 PM
> Subject: [CHAT] ants and mulch
>> Geesh- it is always something!
>> I bought some mulch awhile back- bagged kind that I always have  
>> used for
>> years. When I opened to spread around today, I found it has a zillion
>> ants in it! Just those small annoying ones, but now what do I do? I
>> didn't realize it at first since they obviously where at the  
>> bottom half
>> of the bag....Now I have ants everywhere! Guessing I will have to  
>> spray
>> for them, since this bed happens to be next to the house...
>> But what am I going to do with 15 bags of ant mulch? How much damage
>> will they do to plants if I use only on the beds far from the house?
>> Should I spray them.. gosh, I hate using chemicals and actually  
>> have to
>> go to the store to buy some ant spray.
>> It hasn't been a good wildlife gardening day... had a stand off  
>> with a
>> snake earlier....dang thing was going to bite me.. so next time I see
>> it, it is a gonner... passive snakes are allowed to live here, others
>> are not!
>> Donna
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