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Ants = Aphids

I'm finally ahead of the ants! And since ants bring aphids I'm a bit ahead of them too. When I see that the ants have moved onto a plant, evidenced by them walking up and down the stems, I simply clear away the leaves around the stem where it meets the soil and glob some Tanglefoot on the stem just above the soil line. Tanglefoot is a waxy sticky mix of goop that they can not cross because their feet get stuck to it. Next thing ya know they're marching off to find another place to live.

3 comments:

jared said...

Have you tried Diatomaceous earth? It works on anything with an exoskeleton... quite well in my use

Wendy Jehanara Tremayne said...

you know i have not tried diatomaceous earth. I guess because I have already tried other fine particulate things like cinnamon.

I think I will try it though. thanks for the reminder.

Patricio said...

Believe it or not, ants actually herd and protect aphids in order to harvest the honeydew produced by the aphids.
I don't know if they bring aphids to a plant, or just tend the ones that they find.
But you are correct: most of the time you see ants ascending plants, even trees, they are doing so to collect honeydew from the various insects that produce it.