They strip all the green from the garden plants and some other plants
What Can Be Done About Town Ants?
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
This article has some suggestions:
A systemic solution was recommended by another extension service, but they did not name a product. A systemic product I like is neem oil. It gets into the plants and will kill off anything that eats the plants, so I would add that to the TAMU recommendations.