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Hi All,
I canít find a section on this site for pests and diseases so I will just post this in the hope that someone might find it of use.

This was a tip I got from an organic market gardener on another allotment site about 6 years ago.

This requires to be done when the weather is dry for reasons which will become obvious.

First locate an area where the ants are active, now sprinkle some dry semolina in a small pile.

The worker ants will transport this new food source back to the nest, the queen will be fed the new food first.

Having eaten the dry semolina it will expand in the moist environment of the queen's digestive system and she will explode through being unable to digest it. This it was said would also be the fate of the larval queens in waiting who would also be fed the semolina. The result no queens no eggs no ants.

I have only had to use this remedy once on my plot and it worked perfectly. Now if I could only find a similar remedy for Slugs, Bindweed and Horsetail I would be in allotment heaven.




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Hi All,
I canít find a section on this site for pests and diseases so I will
just post this in the hope that someone might find it of use.

This was a tip I got from an organic market gardener on another
allotment site about 6 years ago.

This requires to be done when the weather is dry for reasons which will
become obvious.

First locate an area where the ants are active, now sprinkle some dry
semolina in a small pile.

The worker ants will transport this new food source back to the nest,
the queen will be fed the new food first.

Having eaten the dry semolina it will expand in the moist environment
of the queen's digestive system and she will explode through being
unable to digest it. This it was said would also be the fate of the
larval queens in waiting who would also be fed the semolina. The result
no queens no eggs no ants.

I have only had to use this remedy once on my plot and it worked
perfectly. Now if I could only find a similar remedy for Slugs,
Bindweed and Horsetail I would be in allotment heaven.


List five reasons why you need get rid of ants and tell me what harm they
do.
You won't be able to.

Tina



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On 17/11/2009 00:27, Christina Websell wrote:
List five reasons why you need get rid of ants and tell me what harm they
do.
You won't be able to.


I can list 2 off the top of my head:
1) Unsightly mounds on the lawn.

2) Unsightly bare patches on the lawn.

I don't need 5.

Thanks for the tip, uriel13.

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Hi Tina,

1. They bite me.
2. They invade Bumble Bee nests that I protect on my plot
3. They invade bird nests in my hedge bush.
4. They kill Hoverflies.
5. They kill Butterflies.
6. They get into everything in my hut.
7. They attack anything that moves.

I could go on but the list is endless, I humbly suggest that you observe these hoodies of the insect world as I have done. Criticism is best employed from a position that is unassailable through depth of observation.

PS:- Bumble Bees and Butterflies are fast becoming endangered species, ants on the other hand can be counted in the billions and probably trillions. Anything that I can do to protect these friends on my plot I will do with great gusto.

No offence intended but I honestly canít think of any reason why I should let ants decide what lives and what dies on my plot through force of numbers.
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On Tue, 17 Nov 2009 00:27:24 -0000, "Christina Websell"
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"uriel13" wrote in message
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Hi All,
I canít find a section on this site for pests and diseases so I will
just post this in the hope that someone might find it of use.

This was a tip I got from an organic market gardener on another
allotment site about 6 years ago.

This requires to be done when the weather is dry for reasons which will
become obvious.

First locate an area where the ants are active, now sprinkle some dry
semolina in a small pile.

The worker ants will transport this new food source back to the nest,
the queen will be fed the new food first.

Having eaten the dry semolina it will expand in the moist environment
of the queen's digestive system and she will explode through being
unable to digest it. This it was said would also be the fate of the
larval queens in waiting who would also be fed the semolina. The result
no queens no eggs no ants.

I have only had to use this remedy once on my plot and it worked
perfectly. Now if I could only find a similar remedy for Slugs,
Bindweed and Horsetail I would be in allotment heaven.


List five reasons why you need get rid of ants and tell me what harm they
do.
You won't be able to.


On GQT once BobFlowerdew gave an idea for getting rid of ants in the
lawn.
Get some clean, empty tins, like bean tins, paint tins etc. Put them
upside down over the nest. Apparently the workers will carry their
eggs or pupae upwards into dark places. Periodically empty the tin
somewhere else. He said he emptied them into his fish pond, thus
feeding the fish also. I've never tried it.
Ants are only a nuisance if they make their nests in an unsuitable
place, or if they get in the house...... or if you sit on them!

Pam in Bristol


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Christina Websell wrote:
"uriel13" wrote in message
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Hi All,
I canít find a section on this site for pests and diseases so I will
just post this in the hope that someone might find it of use.

This was a tip I got from an organic market gardener on another
allotment site about 6 years ago.

This requires to be done when the weather is dry for reasons which will
become obvious.

First locate an area where the ants are active, now sprinkle some dry
semolina in a small pile.

The worker ants will transport this new food source back to the nest,
the queen will be fed the new food first.

Having eaten the dry semolina it will expand in the moist environment
of the queen's digestive system and she will explode through being
unable to digest it. This it was said would also be the fate of the
larval queens in waiting who would also be fed the semolina. The result
no queens no eggs no ants.

I have only had to use this remedy once on my plot and it worked
perfectly. Now if I could only find a similar remedy for Slugs,
Bindweed and Horsetail I would be in allotment heaven.


List five reasons why you need get rid of ants and tell me what harm they
do.
You won't be able to.

Tina


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'Christina Websell[_2_ Wrote:
;869820']"uriel13" wrote in message
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Hi All,
I canít find a section on this site for pests and diseases so I will
just post this in the hope that someone might find it of use.

This was a tip I got from an organic market gardener on another
allotment site about 6 years ago.

This requires to be done when the weather is dry for reasons which
will
become obvious.

First locate an area where the ants are active, now sprinkle some dry
semolina in a small pile.

The worker ants will transport this new food source back to the nest,
the queen will be fed the new food first.

Having eaten the dry semolina it will expand in the moist environment
of the queen's digestive system and she will explode through being
unable to digest it. This it was said would also be the fate of the
larval queens in waiting who would also be fed the semolina. The
result
no queens no eggs no ants.

I have only had to use this remedy once on my plot and it worked
perfectly. Now if I could only find a similar remedy for Slugs,
Bindweed and Horsetail I would be in allotment heaven.
-

List five reasons why you need get rid of ants and tell me what harm
they
do.
You won't be able to.

Tina

Hi Tina,

1. They bite me.


Maybe
2. They invade Bumble Bee nests that I protect on my plot


Unlikely

3. They invade bird nests in my hedge bush.


Unlikely


4. They kill Hoverflies.


No

5. They kill Butterflies.


No

6. They get into everything in my hut


Perhaps

7. They attack anything that moves.


No.

You seem to be paranoid about ants.

Tina



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On Nov 17, 12:27*am, "Christina Websell"
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"uriel13" wrote in message

...





Hi All,
I canít find a section on this site for pests and diseases so I will
just post this in the hope that someone might find it of use.


This was a tip I got from an organic market gardener on another
allotment site about 6 years ago.


This requires to be done when the weather is dry for reasons which will
become obvious.


First locate an area where the ants are active, now sprinkle some dry
semolina in a small pile.


The worker ants will transport this new food source back to the nest,
the queen will be fed the new food first.


Having eaten the dry semolina it will expand in the moist environment
of the queen's digestive system and she will explode through being
unable to digest it. This it was said would also be the fate of the
larval queens in waiting who would also be fed the semolina. The result
no queens no eggs no ants.


I have only had to use this remedy once on my plot and it worked
perfectly. Now if I could only find a similar remedy for Slugs,
Bindweed and Horsetail I would be in allotment heaven.


List five reasons why you need get rid of ants and tell me what harm they
do.
You won't be able to.

Tina


LOL Christina, I can give you some:-

1) They invade my cupboard containing sugar
2) They invade my cupboard containing flour
3) They invade my cloakroom and congregate in the loo rolls
4) They invade my plants!!!
5) They invade my scullery and march all over the floor.

Why do I want to get rid of them?

1) I can't be doing with them eating my sugar
2) I don't want Yorkshire pudding a la fourmis
3) I will leave it to your imagination why I don't want them in my
lavatory
4) o.k. no probs with plants, I think?
5) It gives me an odd shiver to see them marching

Apart from that, I don't mind them:-) Seriously, I don't have an
aversion to them at all except, once in the South of France I sat on
an ants' nest, I will leave it to your imagination how I reacted but
it ended up with me under water furiously discarding ...

Judith
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On Nov 17, 12:27 am, "Christina Websell"
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Hi All,
I canít find a section on this site for pests and diseases so I will
just post this in the hope that someone might find it of use.


This was a tip I got from an organic market gardener on another
allotment site about 6 years ago.


This requires to be done when the weather is dry for reasons which will
become obvious.


First locate an area where the ants are active, now sprinkle some dry
semolina in a small pile.


The worker ants will transport this new food source back to the nest,
the queen will be fed the new food first.


Having eaten the dry semolina it will expand in the moist environment
of the queen's digestive system and she will explode through being
unable to digest it. This it was said would also be the fate of the
larval queens in waiting who would also be fed the semolina. The result
no queens no eggs no ants.


I have only had to use this remedy once on my plot and it worked
perfectly. Now if I could only find a similar remedy for Slugs,
Bindweed and Horsetail I would be in allotment heaven.


List five reasons why you need get rid of ants and tell me what harm they
do.
You won't be able to.

Tina


LOL Christina, I can give you some:-

1) They invade my cupboard containing sugar
-------------
put your sugar in a sealed container
------------------

2) They invade my cupboard containing flour
------------------

They are not interested in flour but put it in a sealed container anyway


If you deny them access to any sort of sweet thing they will go away
If you particularly want to stop them put talcum powder down where they're
coming in. Kills them stone dead.

I like ants, they have an amazing social structure akin to bees.

Tina






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Judith in France wrote:
4) o.k. no probs with plants, I think?


I have more of a problem with them on my plants than anywhere else!
Every year they fill up my cherry tree and harvest from the aphids
that congregate there.


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Judith in France wrote:
4) o.k. no probs with plants, I think?


I have more of a problem with them on my plants than anywhere else!
Every year they fill up my cherry tree and harvest from the aphids
that congregate there.


Ants actually farm aphids and do so by spreading them.


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On Nov 18, 11:36*pm, "Christina Websell"
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On Nov 17, 12:27 am, "Christina Websell"



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Hi All,
I canít find a section on this site for pests and diseases so I will
just post this in the hope that someone might find it of use.


This was a tip I got from an organic market gardener on another
allotment site about 6 years ago.


This requires to be done when the weather is dry for reasons which will
become obvious.


First locate an area where the ants are active, now sprinkle some dry
semolina in a small pile.


The worker ants will transport this new food source back to the nest,
the queen will be fed the new food first.


Having eaten the dry semolina it will expand in the moist environment
of the queen's digestive system and she will explode through being
unable to digest it. This it was said would also be the fate of the
larval queens in waiting who would also be fed the semolina. The result
no queens no eggs no ants.


I have only had to use this remedy once on my plot and it worked
perfectly. Now if I could only find a similar remedy for Slugs,
Bindweed and Horsetail I would be in allotment heaven.


List five reasons why you need get rid of ants and tell me what harm they
do.
You won't be able to.


Tina


LOL *Christina, I can give you some:-

1) *They invade my cupboard containing sugar
-------------
put your sugar in a sealed container
------------------

2) *They invade my cupboard containing flour
------------------

They are not interested in flour but put it in a sealed container anyway

If you deny them access to any sort of sweet thing they will go away
If you particularly want to stop them *put talcum powder down where they're
coming in. *Kills them stone dead.

I like ants, they have an amazing social structure akin to bees.

Tina


I actually don't have a problem with them. I already dealt with
storing sweet stuff in containers so they went and found a drop of
syrup on the neck of a bottle, that'll teach me to wipe it next time.

Judith
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I have more of a problem with them on my plants than anywhere else!
Every year they fill up my cherry tree and harvest from the aphids
that congregate there.


Ants actually farm aphids and do so by spreading them.


Yes I find this aphid farming to be the main problem. The ants will
also attack aphid predators like ladybird larvae so as to protect
their aphids. And don't aphids and other sucking insects spread
infections like black spot on roses?

I once tried a Bob Flowerdew trick to wean the ants off the aphids
(put an old jam jar with watered down jam at the base of the plant in
question. The idea is that the ants choose the jam over the aphid
honeydew, so don't farm the aphids anymore, allowing you to control
the aphids) but it wasn't hugely sucessful (perhaps I didn't persist
enough after the jam jar kept filling up with rain).

Thanks for the tip Uriel13, I'd be quite interested to try this out
next spring if I spot a problem.
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Hi Pam,
Good idea, unfortunately I don't have a pond and it would not have stopped the ants from killing beneficial species on my plot.

I solved this problem some time ago using this organic remedy and thought it worthy of passing on to those with a similar problem.



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Hi Tina,
My evidence is conclusive through observation, and I was educated to base my conclusions of observable fact.

You on the other hand have replied with a statement that I could not back up my posting.

Having answered giving my personal observations of the species Myrmica ruba which exceeded your 5 reasons,I felt that I had vindicated my original posting.

To then receive an unsubstantiated reply of ,no, perhaps, maybe, unlikely to my reasons why, is to be honest pathetic.

I had a problem with Myrmica ruba approximately 6 years ago, the organic remedy for cessation of infestation by this species I deemed worthy of sharing with others having a similar problem.

If this remedy offends you we must agree to disagree, however to call someone paranoid is not just insulting it is gross misuse of the English language.

I would also point out that the definition of the word paranoia is ďchronic insanity often characterised by delusions or grandeurĒ. You might want to rethink before you reply to this post.

I would also humbly suggest that you read the quote under my site name as it is the gyroscope of a sane mind.


Uriel13


The mind is like a parachute it is totally useless unless open!!!!


PS:- Further postings by you will be ignored for the reasons stated.


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