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jmc1987

jmc1987
Cascade, VA
(Zone 7a)

June 12, 2013
8:44 AM

Post #9556235

Woke up this morning to check on my new garden and these guys where literally carpeting the surrounding rock bank that i used to help keep the soil from washing away, and they are getting on plants and eating them up. I do not think they are fire ants because i dont see any mounds, and they seem to be coming out from in between the rocks. Notice how they pile up on top of each other in clumps in the second photo.

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stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 13, 2013
11:14 AM

Post #9557712

Whatever they are, they look like their sting would HURT! I would start treating them immediately.

HoneybeeNC

HoneybeeNC
Charlotte, NC
(Zone 7b)

June 14, 2013
4:40 AM

Post #9558485

Have you had a lot of rain? If so, the ants are coming to the surface because their home has probably been flooded.

The plant in your photo has lots of aphids. The ants are protecting the aphids, they are not eating your plant. The aphids are sucking the juices from your plant, and the ants are collecting the honeydew that the aphids excrete.

If you get rid of the aphids, the ants will no longer have a food source.

In other words, you have an aphid problem, not an ant problem.

jmc1987

jmc1987
Cascade, VA
(Zone 7a)

June 14, 2013
7:02 AM

Post #9558629

there were no aphids on my plants, and although the ants are gone now, i actually watched them bite chunks out of my plants. If you are referring to the reddish brown colored grains on the leaves, that is powdered cayenne pepper (to deter any deer around here from munching on it--obviously the ants liked spicy foods ;) lol), i noticed one day they would be on my zucchini and squash, the next day they swapped over to my pepper plant, i placed ant killer all along in the rock bank and now i dont see any more. Just was curious about exactly what types of ants they were :)

kittriana

kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

June 23, 2013
7:33 PM

Post #9570526

Pepper deters fleas, draws ants, sorry. Any kind

jmc1987

jmc1987
Cascade, VA
(Zone 7a)

June 23, 2013
8:59 PM

Post #9570621

now i never knew that about the pepper, otherwise i wouldn't have sprinkled it on my plants, i do have a big fat bell pepper on that plant now that is starting to show color, so i am quite thankful for that

kittriana

kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

June 24, 2013
8:09 AM

Post #9571062

By the way- deer love peppers too. snagged my serrano tops, sigh.

jmc1987

jmc1987
Cascade, VA
(Zone 7a)

June 24, 2013
11:19 AM

Post #9571304

Ah darn! :(

Deer are a major pest around these parts also, i have my entire veggie garden fenced in, also the dog likes to have her potty breaks around it, so the smell of her urine also deters them from that area i think, since i have not actually seen them in that part of the yard since getting her two years ago

kittriana

kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

June 24, 2013
1:55 PM

Post #9571524

Yup, several urine smells deter deer, dears.
AdamAgain
SW, AR
(Zone 8a)

June 25, 2013
4:25 PM

Post #9573102

í87,
No, they donít appear to be fire ants. Most people who have had a fire ant experience have no problem remembering and recognizing them in the future. Youíve never had an experience, I gather.

Fire ants are highly aggressive. Put your finger down there. If they're fire ants, youíll know. If you donít want to venture your finger, a stick will do; theyíll swarm it likewise.

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