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Old 07-15-2015, 11:47 PM
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Hello Folks;
I'm looking for some type of mixture that I can spray on our garden.
I have a serious problem with ants on my sunflower plants, and also tomato, broccoli, and cauliflower. I tried Dawn dish soap w/ground cayenne pepper but it doesn't seem to last and my spray bottle clogs. Thank You and God Bless
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Old 07-16-2015, 12:44 AM
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Old 07-16-2015, 10:32 AM
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Ants don't like cinnamon, and boric acid (20 mule team Borax) kills 'em when they get it on their feet and lug it back to the nest. Maybe piling either of these around the base of the plants would work. Of course it would have to be replenished after a rain.

Are the ants damaging the sunflowers? That sounds odd to me. Peonies, for instance, require ants to nibble the wax off their buds to allow the flowers to open.
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Old 07-16-2015, 04:58 PM
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Some ants take care of aphids like you or I would take care of a herd of cattle. Aphids have sweet bodily wastes, and the ants eat that. They will pick up the aphids and put them in a dense pack for easier tending, and the dense pack of aphids can injure the plants.
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Old 07-16-2015, 09:48 PM
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Hi doc,
something is chewing all the leaves, I don't ever see any thing on the leaves but ants, so I assumed they were the culprit. I'm open for suggestions, thanks
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Old 07-17-2015, 01:22 AM
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diatomaceous earth

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Old 07-17-2015, 08:54 AM
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Terri is probably right: the ants are attracted by the aphids which are actually causing the problem. Getting rid of the ants may make the problem worse.
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Old 07-18-2015, 10:00 PM
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DE only works when completely dry.

I don't think the Ants are eating the leaves, and Aphids don't eat leaves either.

It's more likely to be some type of beetle or "worm"
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