ANTS! Living under my tomatoes?

gardenprincess2010June 18, 2010

Ok, so I went and watered my plants this morning, and after I did thousands and thousands of ants started coming up from under them. They were swarming the base of the plant and then climbing up the plant, all over the leaves, and also the cage.

The ants had, what looked like little white dots they were carrying with them. Many of the ants parked their stupid little bodies on my leaves and just hung out there.

Does anyone know why they would build a nest under my plants?

How I can get rid of them?

Are they gonna do major damage?

Also, something I thought was weird, I always find dead ants on my plants and leaves. Not a lot, just a few here and there. My mom said she thought that was because tomatoes are part of the NightShade family. And that at some stages those plants can be very poisonous.

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kaelkriver

Hi!

I'm bumping, as I have the same question. Any advice out there?

Thanks much!

    Bookmark   June 23, 2010 at 7:53AM
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robeb_gw

Could be this:

Here is a link that might be useful: ants farming aphids

    Bookmark   June 23, 2010 at 11:17AM
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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

Does anyone know why they would build a nest under my plants? How I can get rid of them? Are they gonna do major damage?

Nest may have already been there deep in the soil and the disturbance of planting and such just brought them up to the soil surface. Or they could have moved in later due to the shade and cooler soil. Who can say as ants for the most part are normal to gardens and except fire ants, pose no threat in the garden in any way.

But since they were carrying the larvae as they left they have obviously moved on. Wet the soil well and they move.

Lots of discussions on ants in the garden that the search will pull up for you.

Dave

    Bookmark   June 23, 2010 at 11:27AM
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oletraveler

I use cornmeal to get rid of ants. Supposedly, when ants eat the corn mean and then drink water, it kills them. If all goes well, the queen will eat the cornmeal and the colony will die. It takes time and persistence, but it does work.

The hard part is that once the cornmeal gets wet, it is useless and you will need to put down more cornmeal. So you'd have to spread the cornmeal on the days you don't water.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2010 at 2:05PM
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kaelkriver

Thanks for the link and suggestions. I'll give them a try.

    Bookmark   June 24, 2010 at 7:44AM
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