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Black garden ants are probably known to everyone who has any piece of land. It does not matter, in the form of a well-kept lawn in a 3-storey cottage, or in the form of the unforgettable “6 acres.” And they take out all the same. And dream of getting rid of them.
It would seem – ants, it is extremely beneficial insects. Caterpillars – gnats there are different … But no – they all want to lime. Why? From black ants, apparently still more harm than good in the cultivated areas. And the damage is mainly of two types.
First, the ants build their nests without consulting with us, the owners of a particular site. And as a rule, in the most inappropriate in our view to this place (and the most suitable to them, formic point. It is, or high ridges, or carefully groomed and cajoled the lawn or under the tree will begin to dig. No order and aesthetics, no idea of landscape design.
Second, the black garden ant is not no predators, exterminating the caterpillars and any other harmful bugs. They gatherers and pastoralists. Peace, in general, guys. That’s just the beast they themselves have chosen well, quite inappropriate in terms of the gardeners – aphids.
Aphids suck the juice of plants, especially of the young and fragile. And when tickle her – highlights a drop of their own secretions, which have a narcotic effect on ants. And of course the ants tend to maximize milk yield and multiply the herd that would catch the buzz could you want, and even in ant carry.
How to get rid of ants in the garden? Ants in the garden.
Here comes between garden ants and gardeners full antagonism. And there is no gardener, who would not dream of lime in their area, this insect-shooting galleries.
I’ll tell you how I almost got rid of the black garden ant on the site. Well, not that that would be all, but their population was scanty and perfectly controlled.
Actually, I have nothing against wild black garden ant living beyond my limits. But those that encroach on the plum, cherry, apple, trying to turn them into hotbeds of aphids, should either be expelled or destroyed.
After reading a lot of online forums with discussion of the problem and tried all ways listed there, I was convinced of their complete failure. Then I tried it and thought up, such as the dissolution of all the poisons in sugar syrup and condensed milk. The ants ate it, but not dead, not scared and left the area. Nothing is given, and pouring all kinds of odorous ant fluids and oils. Miracle drug of our chemical-industry cooperative also had no effect results.
Even the mechanical destruction of these mounds, anthills not bring effect. It takes a little time, and they are reborn like a phoenix from the ashes, like the city after the war. Below is worse, but revived. After 3 years hopeless, I realized that I have something wrong doing. And he began to talk.
How does the ant society? At the head of this whole gang of cattlemen is the uterus (or rather several queens). Their task – to take down as many eggs and reproduce offspring. Among the offspring have a uterus, too. When they grow up, they leave the anthill and form a new one, his. Thus colonizing more and more territory. But the vast majority of the population – just working ants. The ones that are bred aphids.
Dispose of worker ants – a labor of Sisyphus. Uterine give birth again. Not the next day, of course, but give birth. And everything will be as before. For the worker ants carry her food and caring for eggs and larvae. And stay worker ants at least 100 pieces, they will regularly carry food and breeding offspring.
Therefore, it would destroy the ants, queens have to destroy in an anthill. Then lost the meaning of existence in general anthill. Worker ants will die by themselves, because there is no need of them, and the reproduction is discontinued.
How to destroy the queens in the anthill, if they do not go outside, sit in their bunkers and get to them is simply impossible. Have a plan to get ant …
How does an ant hill? A handful of earth on the lawn. Ha-ha-ha! Certainly not … A handful of earth on the lawn – it’s just a roof anthill, its loft, and climate control. It is made of sand, glued “saliva” ants. Very solid roof. No shower or thunderstorm it can not simply wash away. She is going through great meltwater. Inside it – the vast halls where slacking or warming up a myriad of ant eggs and larvae at their desired temperature and humidity. But under the roof – he anthill.
Imagine a large shrub. For example lilac. Now imagine that the bush embedded in the ground-up roots, and where its stems and twigs – it moves and galleries. And where clusters of lilac – storerooms with supplies of food, rooms with sows that are both on the assembly line to give the mountain a new offspring … Just like in the thriller “Alien”. Here in these conditions reach the uterus?
Mechanical methods disappear immediately. Dig up all this formic Tora Bora – do spoil the landscape. Chemistry helps too weak. Tried nadduvat an anthill of sulfur dioxide from sulfuric checkers using a bucket with a built-in fan – helping weak. Mrёt, of course, a lot, but still working. The narrow passages are not many naduesh, uterus remain alive and quickly restore the population. A blowing gas for weeks in one ant – is unrealistic.
I decided to resort to the old and tried method, tested by the Lord. Those. arrange the flood. Sheds anthill from the bucket – it is useless. Ants are perfectly adapted to the melted waters. They just clog your moves, the water, were filled with water just stops flowing water below this layer. Therefore, it is necessary to guarantee the water supply for the entire thickness of the anthill, for all its floors, completely destroying the structure and transform its entire volume in a dirt bag. What would leave no moves and galleries, no air. And there was a continuous marsh, as in a swamp.
This can be done only using water under pressure. In addition, it is required to organize a hydrodrill, erosion perforator, which is easily washed to the ground and the water delivered to any place in the anthill.
It is also important to choose the time of attack. What would cause the maximum damage to the ants.
Hydrodrills device is simple – it’s just a tube with a diameter of 15-20 mm, a length of about a meter. Ideal ski duralumin old ski pole with cut ends. It has a slight taper to the nest and is in oil at the water supply pressure ( “Baby” pump).
How to get rid of ants in the garden? Anthill in the garden.
Time to start a war with ants – the end of autumn. October-early November. The temperatures are low, the ants almost in suspended animation. If you destroy their anthill, then they will no longer have the time nor the energy, nor the ability to restore it at least to some extent. And with the upcoming winter freezing of the soil and the subsequent melt water will finish them completely.
breaking technology such anthill. Shovel cut off a bunch of earthen anthill. It was neatly cut off and not torn or dig. This heap has empty, all the ants – at the bottom, in burrows and shelters. You become visible wide and narrow passages – gallery, leading deep into the anthill. Turn on the water supply and start to bury the drill until it goes into the ground. This usually 50-100 centimeters. Shed, shed, shed. Thus it is necessary to do a drill rotational motion, raising it, then re-dropping. – Your task is to turn all the interior of anthill in the muck.
Anthill is very complex and three-dimensional structure. He easily could “take” a and 50, and 100, and even 200 liters. Therefore spill as long as the site of the anthill is formed slurry. Then you can slightly compact the soil (it is necessary to put on rubber boots). So you finally destroy the anthill and zapressuete are there ants in the sand and clay mortar.
After a similar procedure last fall, I was struck by how much it has been effective. I have a lot of land and destroyed more than 50 I anthills. Last summer, none (!) Of them are reborn! Killing all.
Not that I’m rid of ants. Constantly come from, learn new unoccupied land. But they – are weak and few in number, because it is young, the female uterus, with a small number of worker ants. They are based on the parent hive takes place in late July – August, and they do not have time to build some serious how anthill before winter. Therefore, each new anthill destroyed in a few minutes in the same manner. And the war is not two days out with them, and 2-3 hours per year. And the first half of the summer, I live practically without ants.
Needless to mention that this method – absolutely environmentally friendly. Water is gradually receding into the soil, and then the next year to grow grass. And traces of ant you will not even find.
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