My greenhouse looks like it is the meeting point for ants from all over Europe and far abroad. They're simply everywhere. I need to find a way to contain the population. Tips are welcome!
Invasion Of AntsI've been dealing with loads of ants in my entire garden for a couple of years now. But this year, it's definitely a lot worse than before. It's the worst in my greenhouse. Everywhere I look, I see those creepy little creatures, working their asses off all day. I don't mind a couple of ants, but this is getting out of hand. Whatever I touch, I get a bunch of these creepers on me. IEUW!
Ants And AphidsWhen doing some research on the internet, you find a lot of people saying that ants won't hurt your plants - but there are just as many people saying they do. I know I'm partly responsible: I have aphid-trap plants like Nasturtiums and Marigolds all over my garden and in my greenhouse. Since ants have a symbiotic relationship with aphids, I could have expected even more ants to appear. The thing is: the ants were there before the plants were...
Ants and aphids coexist in a symbiotic relationship that benefits both species. Ants protect aphids from predators, such as lady bugs and wasps, and aphids secrete nutritious honeydew for ants to eat. SourceWhat seems like millions of ants are happily climbing the straw I used to mulch my gardening beds, hundreds at a time. I've been looking all over, trying to find their nests, but so far, that hasn't been a success. No nest to be found.
Organic SolutionsLast year, I tried almost everything. In the end, something must have worked, but - silly as it may sound - I don't remember which of the many methods I tried finally paid off. So I'm back to square one... So I started trying out every (organic) trick in the book again. I do need to make sure I won't harm my plants, though. And now that my tomato plants have started to bloom, it got even more difficult to find an adequate solution. Here's what I've tried without any result::
Does anyone have any experience with diatomaceous earth, lemon juice or coffee grounds used to repel ants? I'd love to hear those.
All tips that can help me to reduce the ant population in my garden are more than welcome!
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