Are ants (with no aphids!) bad for pepper plants?

mvr2014August 7, 2014

There are some ants on my pepper plants. No aphids, though. Is that bad? What should I do? :(

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DMForcier(8 DFW)

No. Not bad.

Do nothing until they organize to carry away your significant other.

Dr. Hank Pym, aka Ant-Man

    Bookmark   August 7, 2014 at 12:47AM
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woohooman

If they're actually on the plants en masses, then they're there for a reason... usually honeydew. If so, check for other sucking insects like whitelflies et al.

Kevin

    Bookmark   August 7, 2014 at 1:51AM
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usatc(9B)

Sorry duplicate

This post was edited by usatc on Thu, Aug 7, 14 at 17:02

    Bookmark   August 7, 2014 at 12:48PM
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usatc(9B)

Sorry another duplicate

This post was edited by usatc on Thu, Aug 7, 14 at 17:03

    Bookmark   August 7, 2014 at 12:50PM
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usatc(9B)

Or scales (look just like they sound) may be on stem or around the leaf vein where it connects to the stem. Like woohooman said, they are there for a reason. I've only see them when aphids or scales have been present (let's me know time for a misting of neem oil!).

Good luck!

    Bookmark   August 7, 2014 at 12:52PM
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