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Re: ants and mulch

And, carpenter ants can usually be controlled by making sure you have no
branches touching your house/roof and sealing your windows.  They keep very
clean nests so you can find them by looking for their refuse piles near the
entrance of their nests.  They usually stay in trees but will come in
looking for water and food.  When there is plenty of pollen, you usually
don't see them.  

The small ones shouldn't be much of a problem.  You could kill them with
hot water but I would just let them go.  They will find other places in
your gardens to hide out.  They also don't like cucumber...maybe plant one
in your bed?

> [Original Message]
> From: james singer <islandjim1@verizon.net>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Date: 6/2/2007 4:19:37 PM
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] ants and mulch
> Call the local animal shelter and see if they have an aardvark up for 
> adoption, I guess. You sure they're ants and not termites? Mostly ants 
> are an esthetic nuisance but usually harmless [except for fire ants 
> that sting and carpenter ants that bite]. Since they nest underground, 
> there are arguments that they are actually good for plants by improving 
> root-zone tilth... yeah, spray 'em. Rotenone.
> On Jun 2, 2007, at 3:40 PM, Donna wrote:
> > 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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> Island Jim
> Southwest Florida
> 27.1 N, 82.4 W
> Hardiness Zone 10
> Heat Zone 10
> Sunset Zone 25
> Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
> Maximum 100 F [38 C]
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