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Ant hill under Spirea!! What to do?

Postby Bug » Jun 06, 2013 9:05 pm

Hi there!
I have noticed the last couple summers that an ant hill has been forming underneath one of my low green spireas. Yesterday I decided to dig it up. I shook off all the dirt and as many ants as possible. I have the spirea sitting in water, it is a little sparse looking. I took a look at the spot where it used to be and the ants are still there. Of course I don't want to re-plant the spirea in the same location, but I do want to eliminate the ants so that I will be able to use that spot again. How do I go about getting rid of them??
Thanks in advance for responding!
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Re: Ant hill under Spirea!! What to do?

Postby Ian66 » Jun 06, 2013 10:07 pm

You could use Borax and icing sugar....but the quickest way to kill the nest is a soil drench with Malathion and water......it wasn`t necessary to remove your shrub...
You probably already know that the ants are not killing your shrub...but rather they loosen the dirt under the root system allowing too much air in the root area that interferes with the roots ability to absorb water ....
Drench the soil and replant....

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Re: Ant hill under Spirea!! What to do?

Postby Bug » Jun 07, 2013 1:06 am

Thank You Ian!! How long should I wait before I re-plant?
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Re: Ant hill under Spirea!! What to do?

Postby Ian66 » Jun 07, 2013 8:23 am

A couple of days ....just stir the earth to make sure you got all of the nest

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Re: Ant hill under Spirea!! What to do?

Postby keffy » Jun 10, 2013 10:12 pm

I have heard coffee grounds work great as well!
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