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Old 05-23-2013, 05:17 PM   #351
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Ants aren't pests - they're nuisances. Use whatever means are necessary to kill them in the house and get rid of them, but they're part of a healthy ecosystem outside. No need to destroy their nests.
If their nests weren't destroying my yard I would agree with you. We have very sandy soil, and their mounds of sand kill the grass all along our walkway. I promise I have no desire to walk around in the woods or fields destroying ants nests, but they aren't exactly endangered so I don't feel too bad about not wanting ants crawling all over my feet when I walk around outside.
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Old 05-23-2013, 05:46 PM   #352
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If their nests weren't destroying my yard I would agree with you. We have very sandy soil, and their mounds of sand kill the grass all along our walkway. I promise I have no desire to walk around in the woods or fields destroying ants nests, but they aren't exactly endangered so I don't feel too bad about not wanting ants crawling all over my feet when I walk around outside.
I understand. It might help your grass to add some compost. It usually doesn't do well in sandy soil - needs more moisture.
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Old 05-23-2013, 08:36 PM   #353
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How do you get it to them? I see ants in my house but I don't know where their nest is. I sprinkled some on the nests outside that I know of tho
My in-laws had them really bad at their summer home in Florida. They always used Borax but added sugar to it.

Sugar to attract them, they take the Borax back home with them.

Sprinkle it where you see the ants. Soon you will see a trail and you can follow it.

They swore by the Borax and sugar thing. They also used it against the Palmetto bugs - yuck !!

We have them doing the same thing in our driveway this year and tomorrow when I shop I am bringing home some Borax.
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Old 05-23-2013, 10:04 PM   #354
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Old 05-24-2013, 01:13 AM   #355
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I understand. It might help your grass to add some compost. It usually doesn't do well in sandy soil - needs more moisture.
Compost is exactly what it needs. Actually planning to start a compost bin this summer :) we are renters so we don't want to spend money on it. Bf did haul a few wheelbarrows of dirt from the side yard in, and it's much better dirt, but still sandy...
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Old 05-24-2013, 07:18 AM   #356
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Compost is exactly what it needs. Actually planning to start a compost bin this summer :) we are renters so we don't want to spend money on it. Bf did haul a few wheelbarrows of dirt from the side yard in, and it's much better dirt, but still sandy...
When I was living at my daughter's house in my own apartment, I had a compost pile that was going strong. But I wanted some worms to help turn over the soil. So I added some wet newspapers (none with colored ink or pictures) to the pile. Before you knew it, there were hundreds of worms in that compost pile. I had some very rich soil for the bucket garden. A couple of neighbors even came over to get some for their fishing with their kids.

I don't know why, but the wet newspapers encourage development of the worms and they multiply really fast.
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When I was living at my daughter's house in my own apartment, I had a compost pile that was going strong. But I wanted some worms to help turn over the soil. So I added some wet newspapers (none with colored ink or pictures) to the pile. Before you knew it, there were hundreds of worms in that compost pile. I had some very rich soil for the bucket garden. A couple of neighbors even came over to get some for their fishing with their kids.

I don't know why, but the wet newspapers encourage development of the worms and they multiply really fast.
Thanks Addie :) will have to try that!
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Compost is exactly what it needs. Actually planning to start a compost bin this summer :) we are renters so we don't want to spend money on it. Bf did haul a few wheelbarrows of dirt from the side yard in, and it's much better dirt, but still sandy...
Check with your city or town.

In our city the public is allowed to go and get free compost that the city makes from collected yard waste Christmas trees etc.
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Thanks Addie :) will have to try that!
Make sure you throw some dirt on top of the wet papers. And old man who grew the most beautiful rose bushes I ever saw told me about that trick.
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Check with your city or town.

In our city the public is allowed to go and get free compost that the city makes from collected yard waste Christmas trees etc.
Our waste treatment plant makes it also from all the stuff it cleans and sterilizes out at the Deer Island plant. Same deal. It is free.
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