Aphid issues already!
It seems ants are aphid farming on my wonderful pomegranate, and spreading to my tomatoes. I squish the suckers when I see them, I spray down the plants with the hose semi regularly, and spray a dish detergent and water solution on the leaves top and underside, and aphids but doesn't seem to work, I tried ladybugs before but they all took off, was thinking of mantis but it will probably be the same as the ladybugs. I didn't have any issues with aphids last year until late summer, and resorted to using pesticides on my little pumpkin patch, I know its the ants spreading them around, and I really don't mind the ants but if they get to my artichokes then I will nuke everything. Any ideas? I don't want to have to scrap this gardening year before it has really begun. I am not opposed to pesticides but I have blueberries blooming and don't want to affect the bees.