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Tue May 9 13:58:41 EST 1995

I was wondering what effect ants have on soil/plants.  Do they stick to 
eating organic material in the soil, or do they go for plants or seeds?  
I have noticed that when I prepare a bed for veggies, they move right in 
and start laying hundreds of eggs.  Is it a coincidence that none of my 
carrot seeds sprouted in a bed that has become a home to thousands of 
ants?  I was toying with the idea of sprinkling some diatomaceous earth 
around to kill some off, but if they aren't doing any real harm I guess 
that I can live with them. Has anyone studied the effects ants have on 
natural systems?  My interest is peaked.

Thanks - Anne

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