Nests all over lawn
WHEN it comes to insects, they are often named because of what they look like or what they do – the funnel ant is no different.
The funnel ant is named because of the small funnel-shaped nests that they build in your garden, but more often in your lawn.
They are little ants, about 5mm long, and brown in colour, and they generally don’t turn up in ones and twos, they turn up en masse, making little funnels nests all over your lawn in just a few days.
Funnel ants will eat the roots of your lawn, as well as the odd insect.
They prefer soft soils, and where the lawn is thin, and they are often seen after heavy rain, when the soil is softer.
When you get a bad infestation, it can destroy your whole lawn, making it very uneven and unsafe to walk on, as the nests under the ground can be up to 1m down.
It is also hard on your lawn mower blades, and then the dirt will stick to your feet and then you will spread it throughout your house.
To control them, you can use the same remedy as you use for your lawn grubs, such as Superway Grub and Ant, as this is mixed with water, so you can pour it straight down the holes. Do it as soon as you see them.
FUNNEL TUNNELS: Funnel ants can be a pest in your garden.