Wouldn't you know, I went out to the garden today armed with smelly stuff, ready to deal with the "ant situation"
and there were only a very few ants and I had to look for awhile before I even saw those. I don't know what drew them into the leaves, but for whatever reason they are gone. I went ahead and went to work spreading my leaves. Thank you for the suggestion- I will tuck it away to use if the need arises.