Ants don’t tend to cause much damage in the veg patch but they can be a real nuisance and you may find you want to get rid of them if they’ve made themselves at home in your raised beds. Our three recommendations are as follows:
- If you can find the nest and if it is not right in the middle of your plants, then the best thing is to pour boiling water into the nest. You may need to do this a few times.
- To deter ants from crawling all over your beds, make a peppermint spray by adding a few drops of peppermint oil to a squirty bottle of water and spraying the solution thoroughly along the edges of the beds. You’ll need to do this fairly often for it to be effective.
- Get nature to do its thing by attracting lots of ant-eating wrens, sparrows and robins into the garden. (The robins are easy – just dig a few holes and they’ll soon find you, the worms and the ants!)