Ants are insects that generally do not affect plants. In fact, they often appear when there is already another pest that is affecting them: aphids. So how can we keep them at bay?
Next I am going to tell you how to eliminate ants on plants , and what you can do to prevent them from bothering them again.
- 1 Natural anti-ant remedies
- 2 Fight against aphids
Natural anti-ant remedies
To keep the ant population under control in the most natural way possible, you can prepare any of these remedies:
- Cut a lemon in half, and rub it on the trunks of the plants. That way, they won’t want to get on.
- Sprinkle cinnamon around the affected plant. You can also use it in oil, spraying the base of the stems.
- Spread around the trunks diatomaceous earth (sold in nurseries and garden stores): It will also help you against spiders.
- Mix equal parts baking soda and sugar and spread it over the surface of the soil.
- Place some coffee beans in the places where there are more ants (near an anthill, for example).
- Dilute a tablespoon of white vinegar in a pint of water, and spray the affected plant once for seven days, or until the ants are gone.
Aphids are insects that attract ants, so sometimes it will not be enough to treat them, but it will also be necessary to treat aphids as well. Thus, to combat this second pest, what is recommended is to use Neem Oil , sold in nurseries and garden stores, following the instructions specified on the package.
In any case, if the plague is very advanced, and since it only affects the flower stems, I recommend that you cut those stems . Even so, you should know that you can treat them with chemical insecticides, such as Dimethoate 40%, but it is very important that you read the instructions on the container to use it correctly.
With these tips, you won’t have to worry about ants or aphids anymore