Mulch – Invaded By Ants

Q: We have a mulch pile that is invaded with ants and they swarm out when stirred up. Any suggestions for control?

A: Turning the pile over a couple of times usually does the trick. If you work quickly they won’t have a chance to scurry up your pitchfork handle. They resent being stirred up and having to rebuild their nest. Try that first, before resorting to insecticide.