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Ants in my strawberry pot

Houston, TX(Zone 9a)

Help, please!

I have a lone strawberry plant, in a ceramic-looking plastic pot. This weekend I noticed a couple of reddish strawberries, and they were laying on top of the mix. I tied them up and went about my business.

Last night, I saw a big black spot on the largest berry, with ants eating it, and a bunch of ants crawling up the plant's stem out of the mix. So, they're inside the mix, maybe having come in via the hole in the pot. (All my pots are on some kind of fake stone or concrete patio, near grass.)

Can I get rid of them without destroying the strawberry plant?
How?

Thank you!

Cincinnati, OH(Zone 6a)

The might be drawn there for another reason. Are you certain the plant doesn't have aphids? Often the ants come for the honeydew secreted by aphids.

Karen

Waterman, IL(Zone 5a)

If it's not an aphids problem, is the pot sitting on the ground? If it is, elevate it or put a saucer under it. Aunts will find a way in through the drain hole. What happens when you water the plant? Do you see a mass evacuation? Did you use new soil when you planted it? I don't know what else to suggest. I know Texas has some pretty aggressive aunts. They (aunts) stopped the construction of the super collider (SSC).

I hope somebody from your area will offer more advice.

Houston, TX(Zone 9a)

I don't know what an aphid looks like, but I'll find out.

Yeah, all my pots are on the ground. I'll elevate the vegetable ones; I think I have something useful for that. I did use new mix (not soil). When I watered them, they started to go away. But a few came back.

Thanks, both of you!

Cincinnati, OH(Zone 6a)

Aphids are very tiny bugs that hide on the underside of leaves. They can be green or black. The green ones are really hard to see so look closely on the underside of the leaves.

Karen

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