Hi all, i figured out what i'd done wrong on this. so when i first started i was cooking various meats. when they spoiled i'd just drop em... yeah don't do that. if you have you'll need to go back to the spot you did so, kill the SWARM of ants around the spoiled meat then pick it back up and destroy it... i mean you can try and pick it up without killing them but in my case there was a mountain of ants lol... plus i hate ants.
yeah, you need to bash their heads in. practice blocking against worker ants till you have it down. at least one of you need to be in range of the mob. The AI is to smart if you try to cheese it, it'll run away, out of range and heal.