Growing fruit in garden with lots of ants.

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  1. anyDAZEcoo

    anyDAZEcoo Active Member

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    I planted cantaloupe, zucchini, basil, and tomato's. There are a lot of ants in my back yard. i was wondering if they will eat any of the things i am growing? If they will is there anything i could do about it? Thank you! ^-^
     
  2. Liz

    Liz Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Years ago I had a lot of ant problems in sandy soil. My chickens seemed to get rid of the problem. These days the current batch are working on an unwanted weed. I suspect its their scratching around that did the trick. Not sure if thr ants will damage your crops in my case they were a pest because they came into the house. I think from memory they were Argentinian ants not native to this country. Native ants can bite but tend to stay away from cultivated areas.

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    Silver surfer Generous Contributor 10 Years

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    Correct me if I am wrong, but I thought the electronic ant deterrents only work indoors, when in a confined space.
     
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    Thank you so much! Very helpful and those are all very good things to know!!
     
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    Thank you liz! :) im not sure what ant's i have but i think they are eighter fire ants or carpenter...Oh the dirt here is kind of rocky so they must like dirt that isn't moist. Oh i could sure use some chickens! i have alot of chickweed growing by my flowers! lol
     
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    Liz Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Two is all you need on a normal garden but NO rooster. Go for quiet friendly ones like Rhode Island reds. Possibly Bantams they will even roost in trees if it is not a cold wet area. You will need to provide a nesting feeding area and hopefully you dont have predators otherwise they will need a pen with a wire roof on it and the wall wire dug down into the soil when not supervised.

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    cats don't harm chickens do they? thanks for the information liz!! :)
     
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    No ants will not eat or damage your plants, but if you get any aphids the ants will "farm" them for their honeydew (excreatement) protecting them from their natural predators.
     
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    Liz Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    No cats are fine with chooks (chickens). My rooster sleeps in the sun with them. Chickens and bantams may be a target depends on yr cat.
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