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Ants.
« on: August 03, 2015, 08:14:47 AM »

I have two ants nests (that I know of) in the garden.
One is the shiny dark brown/black ones & the other is the more stroppy red ants. I don't mind them being there,they're just a bit of a nuisance when they're flying.

But.....did you know that you can tell the sex of an ant by dropping it into a glass of water?
If it sinks......girl ant.
If it floats.....boy ant.

 :-)snigger
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Re: Ants.
« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2015, 12:08:35 PM »

As pests go ants are not the worst on the plot 'toptaff', but they can inadvertently cause a problem with a large nest, because they disrupt the soil, and mess up the ground for your plants.

I didn't know that boy ants float whilst girl ants sink!

As a 'by the way' they only fly during special weather conditions (balmy evenings usually). The flight is purely for the queen in colonies to find a mate to fertilize her eggs, the other fliers are potential male suitors. This behaviour is usually witnessed on "ant day" (although it usually happens for about a fortnight in July - weather conditions pending). After mating in flight the male dies from exploding genitalia (as bee drones do) she drops to the ground and forms a colony where she spends the rest of her life lying on her side being fed and laying eggs! (A girl thing I suppose)  what:-{

If you want to deter them, you can try certain organic deterrents.  Ants dislike various scents such as peppermint and camphor and guess what else? Yep our old Devil's Food 'kill all' king of poisons GARLIC!  >:D If you just rub a sliced clove of garlic across the path of an ant it will stop using that path. Sensible ants - not like us stupid humans who have a death wish from using the horrible stuff in our food!
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Re: Ants.
« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2015, 10:53:15 PM »

I didn't know that boy ants float whilst girl ants sink!

Well there you go Gee something else new learnt on here.  Grin2:-)
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Re: Ants.
« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2015, 04:44:49 PM »

Well ---that was a waste of a joke. Ho hum.
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« Reply #4 on: September 29, 2015, 11:48:46 PM »

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Re: Ants.
« Reply #5 on: September 30, 2015, 08:34:04 AM »

LOL @Boy Ants...

If ants are a problem on your plot then simple cold water is all that's needed. doesn't have to be clean. Just apply daily until they go away. They like a dry nest and will leave once it's too damp for them.

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« Reply #6 on: September 30, 2015, 11:24:19 AM »

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LOL @Boy Ants...

If ants are a problem on your plot then simple cold water is all that's needed. doesn't have to be clean. Just apply daily until they go away. They like a dry nest and will leave once it's too damp for them.

In that case they should be extinct on the west Wales coast!
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« Reply #7 on: September 30, 2015, 02:03:57 PM »

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LOL @Boy Ants...

If ants are a problem on your plot then simple cold water is all that's needed. doesn't have to be clean. Just apply daily until they go away. They like a dry nest and will leave once it's too damp for them.

In that case they should be extinct on the west Wales coast!

Indeeed - and none here in Oldham where it has rained enough since June to refill all the IBCs on the allotment
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