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Orange Lives Matter

Chesapeake City, MD

Last week I saw a lot of ant activity around one of my AG's. Searched this site and the internet and found they like to coexist with aphids but couldn't find a single aphid on the plant -- so I dusted the plant and hill with Sevin to try to get rid of the ants. Saturday I noticed a small hole in the stem leading toward the roots with a few ants going in and out. Packed it with Sevin dust but yesterday they had moved the powder out of the hole and resumed activity. Since I still have a few back up plants, I decided to yank it. Cut the stem below the hole and slit the stem downward following the narrow tunnel. When I got down to just above the roots there was a larger cavity with about 50 ants in it staring at me like I had just stumbled into their meth lab. I have ant activity (but less) around the other pumpkins and my melons but don't see any areas where they could penetrate the plant. Thoughts? Suggestions? BTW, the plant I pulled was my fastest growing and healthiest looking aside from the hole in the stem.

5/29/2017 10:26:02 AM

Big City Grower (Team Green Gro)


Use systemic and a contact insectiside at planting and I repeat a week after planting and at week 3 .... and I use a granual product that I top dress along the way

5/30/2017 2:19:22 AM


Central Illinois

diatomaceous earth kills ants and is non-toxic I used it and brethren to kill ants in the house and they were gone in 24 hrs

5/30/2017 8:41:08 AM


Central Illinois


5/31/2017 8:37:01 AM

Orange Lives Matter

Chesapeake City, MD

Thanks for the replies.

5/31/2017 9:53:29 AM

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