Been growing hostas for a long time. This year the leaves are out and I just noticed that some of the leaves have dried up and some of the leaves have holes in them, like something is eating them, but there are no animal prints around the plants. I noticed a lot of big black ants around them. Could they be doing this damage and, if so, how can I get rid of these ants?
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It could be slugs, which feed at night. This article will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/facts-about-slugs-and-how-to-kill-garden-slugs.htm It may also be rodents. They, too, will come out at night. https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/animals/garden-mouse-control.htm