Re: Ants, Ants Everywhere!
- Subject: Re: [cg] Ants, Ants Everywhere!
- From: "Estee Fleming" firstname.lastname@example.org
- Date: Mon, 30 Sep 2002 17:36:40 +0000
As part of a project on an organic seed research farm in New Mexico this
summer I worked on eliminating our ant problems. We had red fire ants in our
perennial beds, in our lettuce, on our sunnies, in our paths. The small
black ants (possibly Argentinian) were all over the sunnies too. We tried
using Ant-i-dote, nematodes that you mix in water and pour down the ant
hills. We used hot water first, then the Antidote, and found that at first
it decreased and slowed the hills, but eventually seemed to just relocate
them. For us, this worked to have the ants relocate to the farms edges and
away from the crops, and in two cases it did eliminate the hills completely.
We tried Orange Guard as well, which worked for about 2 weeks before the
ants re-established their pathways. If you were to keep up on the
Antidote/hot water treatment (we did it for 3 weeks), I think you'd see
progress. I have also heard that Tansy is anti-ant, but also invasive so
beware. I believe the Antidote came from Harmony Farm Supply, but possibly
Rincon Vitova in California. Good luck!
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