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Post  A Mead on 5/31/2011, 1:33 pm

After watering my garden this morning, millions of ants carrying some white, larvae-ish looking stuff emerged all over my SFG boxes. What is this and what do I do? I'm spraying them with a soap/listerine/water solution which kills the ants on contact, but I suspect this is a huge problem. Any advice? Thanks, Angela
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Re: ants carrying some kind of larvae - help!

Post  Chopper on 6/1/2011, 4:39 am

It is just the beginning of any season. They are just trying to live. Which they are welcome to do as long as they stay outside. The only problem outside that I have had with ants vis a vis the garden is when they farm aphids. Then it is war. Otherwise I let them be. They do help keep the soil aerated.

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Post  Tril on 6/1/2011, 7:32 am

The ants are moving their nest... the larvae they are carrying are their own. If you disturb and ant nest they will try to save/protect their larvae.

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Post  BackyardBirdGardner on 6/1/2011, 9:35 am

Natural thing happening.

Unless the are fire ants or carpenter ants, I leave well enough alone and just watch how Mother Nature works......tirelessly.....in wonderment.
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Post  donnainzone5 on 6/1/2011, 10:34 am

A few years ago, I watered an area of my yard quite heavily and had the same experience. The aunts didn't want to drown, so they rushed out carrying their young (larvae). I suppose watering is a good way to locate an ant hill.... Laughing
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Post  dmsandlin on 6/1/2011, 11:53 am

If they are fire ants, then I would recommend the application of napalm with a nuclear warhead follow-up in a few days. If that doesn't kill them at least you'll have fewer weeds to deal with. Wink
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Post  A Mead on 6/1/2011, 1:50 pm

Thanks for your responses, fellow gardeners. I'm new at all this, and your info was helpful, as was a renewed sense that I'm not alone, nor against Mother Nature... to whom I would surely lose.
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