How can I keep the ants away?


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Im planting some carrots in a flower bed this year, but there is a lot of black ants in the area. I live in a trailer, and the ants live under it, so theres no easy way to destroy the nests. What are some methods you folks use to keep the ants away and out of your gardens?
 
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I just now realized I totally posted in the wrong section - Sorry!
 
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Do ants do any harm in the garden? I know they eat aphids, so the might actually be beneficial. Maybe a perimeter of borax around (but not right next to) the carrots.

I lost all my carrots last year because rabbits got them! They didn't seem to go after anything other than the carrots.
 
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I haven't planted anything previously, I moved here a couple years ago, and it was too late in the year to plant anything outside last year. I believe the ants will be a problem, because of the sheer quantity. There's probably thousands of the buggers, and they were crawling all over the flower bed last year, so I assume they'll do the same this year. I'll look into trying Borax, thanks.
 
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Ants are more of a nuisance than a pest.

They love dry conditions, keep the area moist and they go elsewhere.
 

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They can damage plants by moving soil away from the roots, been told they don't like coffee grounds.

Every year they build a mound up to the metal lock on my caravan tow hitch, it's in the sun and they use it for central heating :rolleyes:
 
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