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Questions tagged [ants]

Insects of the family *Formicidae*.

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I poured straight vinegar on grass, can I save it?

I poured straight vinegar onto some ant holes on my lawn. Yes, I now know my grass will die on those parts. Is there any way I can save it?
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how quickly do ants colonize an area in the springtime?

I haven't noticed ants colonizing the area my new garden is in, and was wondering if they're already there after seasonal flooding, or will it take a while for them to find the area after the ...
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Ants are farming aphids on my cherry blossom

I have a seedling Cherry Blossom tree, less than a meter high, and 3 years old. Every year, carpenter ants infest it, and start farming Aphids on the leaves. The leaves curl up, and the tree is ...
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Is there such a thing as ant castings?

I was reading that ants will kill worms off, so this got me wondering is there such a thing as ant castings since I've found that a type of stinging ants love to move into wood chip piles.
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Diatomaceous Earth, Ants and Skinks

Our lot is very sandy and has many ant colonies. We have skinks living near the house that eat the ants. I would like to: A) keep ants out of the house B) not harm the skinks My plan is to dust the ...
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What is this disease on my carrots?

I have just discovered that some of my carrots have this very dense presence of insects. Are they aphids? I have learned recently that ants love to grow aphids and I could notice some ants around ...
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Why are ants staying on my lettuce leaves?

I have some lettuce plants and in the last weeks I have noticed an increasing number of ants staying in the leaves. They do not appear to eat the leaves nor do anything else. I wonder what is the ...
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Get rid of ants with sugar/yeast cocktail

I want to get rid of ants on my balcony, because they are one of the reasons my plants always get aphids (no aphid problem yet, but I know they will come back every year). The ants probably have a ...
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Ants digging next to the root of my newly planted Japanese maple

Damn It has been raining here every day and I have not had a look at my Coral Bark Japanese maple in a while Today I had a look and I noticed ants digging their nest/galleries around the tree, some ...
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Killing ants without killing the grass

The front lawn of the house we rent is infested with ants. Can I use laundry detergent (liquid) to kill them without damaging the grass? I know dishwashing liquid will kill the grass, but will laundry ...
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Why don't ants eat my lettuce?

I have a very small vegetable garden. I don't use any pesticides or herbicides. My lettuce plants are growing nicely and I've noticed the ants leave them alone. However, as soon as a lettuce leaf is ...
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What should I do about ants and aphids in my mint?

I have a pot of mint on my balcony. The pot seems to contain an Aphid colony (probably a separate question on how to get rid of them). But today, I noticed many ants in the pot as well. The ...
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Is Dawn dish soap effective and safe to kill ants on my houseplants?

I have used Dawn dish soap on my animals to combat fleas and I was wondering if it is safe to use on ants in my plants as well. We have a real problem with ants in our yard and I had some of the ...
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Getting rid of the bugs on the Lotus maculatus

I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, and have noticed today that a couple of our Lotus maculatus, aka "Gold Flash", are infested with bugs, as you can see in the picture below. They are in pots, ...
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Peony and Ant Symbiotic Relationship?

After reading this identification question, I remembered we had peonies in our back yard when I was a kid. I noticed a lot of ants would congregate on the plants and was worried they would destroy ...
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Identify small, white, “ant-like” bug found in chips near tree

Can you help me identify and "diagnose" these small, white, ant-like bugs? There are red wood mulch chips around the base of a tree in my front yard. I pushed some around with my shoe, and was a bit ...
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What is a good way to get rid of fire ants in Florida? [duplicate]

I unfortunately have huge 3 feet across and larger of fire ant nests in the yard. I have tried Ortho Orthene and Spectracide but they aren't getting all the ants. They just pack up and move over ...
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How should I deal with carpenter ant damage on my old almond tree?

I have an almond tree on a house I purchased. The tree looks very old and the large bulk of it didn't have much green - looked very dead. It was growing sideways and near the base of the tree some new ...
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My lemon tree, ants, shells. What is this and how to treat it properly?

There are lots of ants around, they just don't like to be photographed :) This is the whole tree: I'm in Sydney, Australia.
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How to prevent ants from digging near my plants?

I have an ant infestation in my garden. Whenever I water my containerized plants or in-ground plants, most of the time, ants emerge to the surface. I think they do that because they don't want to ...
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Are ants/flies a threat to a raspberry bush?

Ants in my garden seem to especially love this raspberry bush at the moment. I also notice these two little things that look like tiny flies sitting on the leaves- except they are not moving, like ...
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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?