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Why are ants staying on my lettuce leaves?

Ants are in no way harmful to your vegetable plants. With at least one caveat. They love to raise and promote aphids. So cute, really. Lettuce is easy 'food' for aphids but rarely will you see ...
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Why are ants staying on my lettuce leaves?

In addition to Stormy's answer, the other possibility is that the ants are looking for water. Lettuce and chard leaves often trap drops of water even in hot weather, and as a result are used as a ...
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What should I do about ants and aphids in my mint?

Some ant here and there might eat a dead aphid or two, but they seem to actually have a symbiotic relationship, more or less, with the ants using the aphids for sugar, which they actually make, ...
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Is there such a thing as ant castings?

Well yes, they excrete like all animals, and yes this would contain nutrients. You are unlikely to see that though as they are quite fastidious creatures and like to do their own composting. You may ...
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What is this disease on my carrots?

Your carrots do have a severe aphid infestation. Often you can blast them off with a strong jet of water, but the ants will lift them back up again if they're harvesting the aphid dew. So, you're ...
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What is the name of this amazon plant that have ants inside its leaves?

Using Neotropical myrmecophilous Melastomataceae – an annotated list and key (F. Michelangei 2010), I got as far as, "Subkey 4: Domatia as paired ascidia at the apex of the petiole or the base of ...
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Killing ants without killing the grass

Yes, it will kill grass if you use it neat. You can try a 3% solution of dish soap mixed with water and sprayed on the area, that might kill the ants but shouldn't harm the grass. There are other ...
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Why don't ants eat my lettuce?

Ants as a unified body of individuals are brilliant. Us humans could and should learn a thing or two from these insects. Ants eat a huge diversity of foods to include fats, cheese, breads, grease, ...
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Get rid of ants with sugar/yeast cocktail

You should be able to tell if there's a nest in one or more of the pots - when there is, there's always black flecks of soil around the base of the pot. But if your plants otherwise look healthy,it ...
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I poured straight vinegar on grass, can I save it?

I noticed when adding a vinegar solution to some weeds experimentally, only the leaves in the sun were damaged by it. If it's not too late, you can try shading the spots of grass for a while, and ...
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I poured straight vinegar on grass, can I save it?

Dilution will help. Water the patch thoroughly and allow it to spread the acetic acid about a bit, both sideways and down. Yes, the strong acid will have burned some roots; this will result in some ...
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Ants are farming aphids on my cherry blossom

I’ll note that the ants are only there because of the aphids. I’d recommend you focus on the removal of the aphids. Once the aphids are gone, the ants will leave. If you can refrain from spraying ...
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How toxic is Amdro in a vegetable garden?

How toxix is Amdro? According to the manufacturer, VERY (see the "signal word" below). This is from the MSDS (Safety Data Sheet) for Amdro: Note the "May damage fertility" ...
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Ants tending bugs on Almond tree

Classic ants tending aphids. The ants get liquid food from the aphids so protect them. Malathion is a common , short life insecticide used on food plants in the US. Also Sevin.
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Ants on corn - urgent pest?

The ants aren't the problem—the aphids that they're "milking" for honeydew are. The first picture shows a very large group of aphids nestling in the stalk; the second shows several ants ...
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How do you treats ants in a raised Hügulkultur bed?

Without using pesticides, the only way to remove the ants is to remove the wood in the bed, because that's where they're living. They may eventually move into the raised bed's wooden sides, assuming ...
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Ant hills replaced dead grass

The ants are probably taking advantage of the space in the soil that used to be occupied by the (now dead and shriveling) roots of the weeds you killed. Unless the ants are causing a problem, I wouldn'...
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Ants digging next to the root of my newly planted Japanese maple

MiniMe...ants are not a problem ever for plants. Well, they do the aphid harvesting gig but even then no problems really. Was the bottom of this trunk buried for awhile? How does the rest of your ...
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Killing ants without killing the grass

Mix Dawn and water, 1 teaspoon per quart. Amazing insecticide, and a great spritz on dishes before a wash. Won't kill plants but they might notice. My all-purpose plant soap is 1 gallon water, 4 ...
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Ants in my garden: good or bad?

I have ants in my allotment. They've lived in the compost heap a couple of times and did a brilliant job of turning it into lovely compost. In my organic system I use the compost heap area to grow ...
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