I like to think I’m an easy-going, live-and-let-live person. Not crazy about some of the venomous “guests” that turn up from time to time, but, in general, I work on the principle that if I don’t hassle them, they will leave me in peace.
But I have just done murderous things to a couple of colonies of green ants (oecophylla sp) and, while I feel a little upset, I also feel a whole lot more comfortable!
When we first moved here, there were green ants around, but only one nest and that was in a lemon tree, ‘way up the back. Apart from the annual pruning, not much of a worry.Heck! I can pick a lemon or two without wearing a shirtful of ants. But this summer…there are greenies in droves. Or whatever the collective noun is. A little uncomfortable if I nudged them when watering gardens,but not a major problem.
Until the little beasties decided they’d like to colonise the vines along the front deck rail. The Man said they would have to go before they invaded the house. I said they don’t like to live in human houses. But their constant running up and down the handrail and along the deck rails was becoming something of a nuisance. A painful nuisance.
So…I brought the autumn clean-up forward by a few weeks (these vines die back and have to be cleared anyway) and managed not to get bitten despite having to continually brush off enthusiastic boarding parties and perform a constant tarantella.
No, I didn’t take photos! I’m easy-going, not stupid!
But I did find a website with some stunning images. Sorry, but they are a bit much for blogger, so go to:
Of course, I have not eradicated the ants; just forced them to move to another location. The back deck?