Insects of the family *Formicidae*.

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Are ants damaging pot plants? If they are, how badly?

Since spring started around 2 weeks ago, I noticed increasing amounts of ants around my pot plants. Sometimes they like to march over the pots themselves, not sure if they are actually digging into ...
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Are ants in my raspberry flowers beneficial or harmful?

I'm observing ants on my raspberry plants, especially in the flowers. They are diving head-forward into the flowers and stay there for a while. Just like flying insects on other flowers. Is this ...
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Ants and aphids - which should I fight first

My garden is full of ants, but I thought they are harmless and so I have been putting up with them till now. However, yesterday I noticed that a pot plant has some aphids in it, and a lot of ants were ...
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How do I control fire ants in the mulch around my tree?

I live in Houston, TX, USA and fire ants are a nearly year long concern. I have had success treating mounds with Orthene as they appear. However, I had a Siberian Elm in my backyard that was ...
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Why do ants appear around my panda plant?

I've had a panda plant indoors in my office, by a west-facing window for about 6 months or so. Yesterday I found that there are red/brown ants around my plant and it is obvious that their target is ...
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Ants in my garden: good or bad?

While weeding my garden I found a bunch of ant nests (red ants and small black ants). My first inclination was to destroy the nest and send them packing, but I didn't know if they might aerate the ...
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Are fire ants on okra plants a concern?

I've noticed fire ants crawling on my okra plants, particularly where new okra are starting to grow. However, the okra does not seem to be harmed. Is this something I should be concerned about?