Ants - helpers or enemies?

By Admin | Garden, Garden
18 May 2016
We will not talk about the forest ant, which is one of the most beneficial forest insects.Forest ants protect the forest from attack by sawflies, moths and scoop nibbling the leaves and needles of trees.

talk about ants in the garden.Who are they?

most often refers to the great gardener swarms of ants negatively.We will understand why.
And really - who annoys us all summer?Aphids.And who is a peddler of aphids on our favorite flowers, bushes, trees?Ants workers remain all winter in their anthill aphids in the spring spread it all over the garden, for it all summer was their cash cow.Aphids sucking juices from the soft tissues of the plant, prefers the young leaves and buds, in terms of growth, thus spoiling and weakening the plant.And the ants like honeydew secreted by it (Pad), one of the main sources of carbohydrate foods.

Ants and aphids - a natural symbiosis.If around some plants there too vigorous ant activity - the invasion of aphids in the offing.In order to prevent the dispersal of aphids on
fruit trees used trapping zone, or coated with an adhesive strip barrel garden (you can use glue or Alt Absolute).

garden ant loves heat.The owners of the Alpine hills often faced with anthills that are created in the loose soil and Alpine not only spoil the appearance of slides, but also worsen the difficulty created by the natural conditions of life Alpines.In such an ant hill can bring more harm than a mole on the lawn.

If you notice that the plants grown well suddenly starts to die without the express reasons - take a look at the roots, and if there was another ant home.
And on ordinary flower bed on the lawn, especially with a good loose soil with a large addition of sand in tile tracks - ant is not uncommon.

carpenter ant can also be found in our gardens, likes to settle in the hollows of trees and stumps, turning them into dust.Most gardeners do a beautiful garden furniture from the remnants of felled trunks.And even when a good impregnation, but left on the bare ground such furniture can be a year "sawn" wood ant termite pohlesche warm-blooded, and the next year - to crumble into dust.

Ants and they like to eat the juice of certain plants, nectar.Many gardeners scare when balls beautiful buds pions always scurrying these little pranksters.But they only lick the juice harm while not bringing flowers.

Ants benefit, being a small garden orderlies, using as a protein food insects small invertebrates.They may even live to hunt or collect their bodies.Also ants disperse seeds of many small plants, helping to resettle them in the garden.And the loosening of land is also impossible to ignore the improvement of the land, it is a pity that this is not on the scale and not where it really helped to gardeners.

Basically, their homes, black and red ants build the garden in the ground.It's pretty deep structure, extending deep into the sometimes several meters.With this architecture connected the first non-chemical way to combat the garden ant in the open.In early spring, the place sealed for the winter ant throw boiling water.This activity is not a quick and shed need at least one hundred liters of hot water for very old buildings.

If the Strait to engage in late autumn This will have an even greater effect - you can use the already cool water, the water in the upper floors of the house frozen ant, ants already asleep and not wake up in the spring.

But often, the decision to eliminate unnecessary at this point comes to the gardener ants spontaneously.Or ants decided to settle for a favorite shrub, flower in the greenhouse - where hot water can destroy the plant itself, too.

In these cases, insecticides cold action.The most common are Grom2, Aardvark, Muratsid (active ingredient - Diazinon).Unfortunately, these tools can only guarantee that the ant moves to another location, as is the case when using more environmentally friendly methods of using oil, vinegar, salt and urea in aqueous solutions.

And more.Let's live in harmony as possible with small hard worker and not to destroy them in vain.This is what we have come to their world, and they are not - our.Remember that.