Ants

Ants

I was out planting Zinnia seeds today and everywhere I dug ants came up and started biting me. I was standing in my walk way between beds and got bit in the feet. I love flip flops and don't think I should have to wear closed shoes just because of some bugs. I raise pigeons and though they don't land in the garden I'm afriad to use any kind of poisons. What can I do to get rid of the ants that doesn't use poison? Or is there something that's just for ants but won't hurt birds? I can't stand ants.
What are they?

What are they?

Pics after last nights rain

Pics after last nights rain

What in the (squash) world?

What in the (squash) world?

Full garden

Full garden

Garden pics

Garden pics

Plant ID

Plant ID