ants

PinkRose84May 25, 2014

SO I'M NEW TO THIS GARDENING STUFF BUT I PUT SOME PEST REPELLENT ON MY TREES AND FLOWERS BUT THEY ARE FULL OF ANTS, NO BEDS ANYWHERE I CAN SEE SO WHAT DO I DO SAFELY, OR IS THIS OK? THANKS

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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

Ants in the US don't damage plants.

When ants are in trees, usually a reason. Often aphids and/or scale insects, then must deal with those in order to get rid of the ants.

What are they doing to/in your flowers? Again, likely insects are there. Aphids would be my guess.eed to find out what insects are in the trees.

    Bookmark   June 2, 2014 at 10:31PM
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cold_weather_is_evil(9)

They're everywhere and as long as they don't eat anything I want to eat, don't try to come inside, and don't bite, I can't see a problem with them. They clean up all the little dead thingies that would otherwise litter the dirt. They feed the lizards that feed the mockingbirds that drive off the neighborhood cats. I see no strong upside but no downside either.

Look at this sunflower head. When blown up to full original resolution, I counted over a hundred of the things and wouldn't have noticed if a camera wasn't involved. There are twelve in the little yellow oval alone. It's their land too and we're both smart enough to not fight over it.

Knock on wood.

    Bookmark   June 2, 2014 at 10:51PM
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PinkRose84

great thanks for the help!

    Bookmark   June 26, 2014 at 11:03PM
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mshelenlu

I had this same question! Thank you for posting and for answers.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2014 at 4:45PM
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