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This time of year, there appear to be ants all over. Ants are usually thought about one of the good bugs, however the decision is still out for some garden enthusiasts.

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Ants do not normally trigger issues in the garden by themselves and they won’t consume or harm your plants.

Ants can be beneficial pollinators and they consume the bad bugs that do damage to your plants.

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They can likewise be useful to the soil.

They help aerate the soil with their tunneling, and break down organic matter.

But there are a few things they can do to trigger issues in the garden.

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Ants can bring mealybugs, aphids and other sap drawing pests to plants, and secure these insects from predators. The ants will feed off of the sweet bi-product produced when sap drawing bugs feed upon plants. If you have ants, check to make certain the plants they regular aren’t plagued with sap sucking bugs.

When ant populations get very large, their tunneling can damage or damage a plants root system. I’ve heard that fire ants are a major nuisance to garden enthusiasts too, but luckily we do not have those here in Minnesota.

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The most significant concern I have with the ants in my gardens are the ant hills that pop up in between my ornamental pavers.

But those are only frustrating to look at and aren’t causing damage.

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I do not eliminate ants in my gardens, so far they have not proven to be a problem (knock on wood).

If you have a significant infestation, you may find yourself reaching for the pesticide. But if you can, keep away from using pesticides since the poison will kill all bugs– great and bad.

You absolutely want to keep the good bugs in your garden!

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Instead try pouring vinegar, soapy water or boiling water on the ant hill to eliminate the ants. You might likewise try drowning the nest with water, which will probably motivate them to move.

So what do you believe, are ants good friends or opponents in your garden?