Ants

Ants

So today while weeding in preparation to plant our veggie garden this weekend I noticed we have some ants in the bed. Any way to, uh, "take care of" them? I would prefer a natural way, of course. Ants are a big problem in our area (Los Angeles,) and we have pest control but they only spray structures on the property. Also, anyone know of a Los Angeles gardening community on LJ or elsewhere? I'm looking for some tips about what does well locally. Oh and, I'm looking to plant something new, some new veggie/fruit that I haven't thought of. We're planning tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, chiles, peas and maybe some sort of melon. We're relatively new at this, but are excited! Thanks for any advice!!
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