Ants in my newly planted rose??

dadiri(6a Ontario)May 5, 2009

I've planted a few carpet roses a couple of weeks ago. I noticed today that around the roots of one of them ants are swarming... what do I do???? I understand they "like" aphids and that can create further issues so I really want to do something about it. It's the first year I've ever lived in a house (as opposed to an appartment), so I don't know how to deal with this sort of issue. Help, please!! (I live in Southwestern Ontario, if that makes a difference) Thanks a lot!

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Why are the ants there? Ants, as a rule, are part of Ma Natures recycling team, not a problem that needs to be eliminated. If there is a large number assmebling in one place there is a reason and the gardener needs to look closely to see what that is.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2009 at 7:55AM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

dadri, ants are happy to explore and even settle in newly distrubed soil. Seeing an increase in ant activity in freshly tilled gardens or around newly installed plants is expected, and not usually anything to worry about.

Please know that ants and aphids don't necessarily go hand in hand. Inspect your roses frequently for aphids and keep them washed away. As for the ants, unless you have a large colony building up around your roses, I don't think I'd worry too much.

If there is a problem, try discouraging them by drenching the colony with water. Since you don't have the southern fire ant where you are, I don't think that any ant bait (even an organic one) is needed.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2009 at 3:06PM
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