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Are ants a Problem?

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I was putting out some rat and mouse traps yesterday baited with peanut butter and when I came back a while later there were small reddish colored ants around them.

Caught a mouse overnight so traps seems to work ok.

I've seen them running around on boards and things in the greenhouse. I guess they don't hurt anything, they seem to leave the plants alone, guess that's the main thing.

Anyone have ant horror stories I should be aware of? 

Thanks

 

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I've read something about some of the pests that harm cannabis, leave some kind of waste material behind, that attracts ants. Could be you have other pests, but that is not always the case. Do you have a food source for them, unless eeek like that above, eat the plants! ha! Might have something in your area attracting them. 

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I can't say this would happen to you, but it did happen to me when I lived in South Carolina. (The statute of limitations is up!)

I thought it would be a great idea to take the plants out from under my shitty fluorescent light setup and put them in the sun one afternoon. After a few hours, before I took them in, I found that ants and put aphids all over the plants.

Some ants "farm" aphids, because their waste is full of sugar. When they find a nice, fresh plant, they'll quickly move a bunch of their "captive" aphids onto the plant. These were the common fire ants we had down there. So I'm not a fan of ants having access to my plants.

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Yup, what Misterdirt said. If I ever see ants, I know I've got either mealy bugs or aphids. By themselves though, not really an issue in my experience.

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I probably brought them there, I put out food for the varmints outside to give them other options than the plants.

They seemed to have moved on along with the grasshoppers for now.

My dust combo seems to make the plants not so tasty.

Caught the giant lumberjack rat. It would stand up and cut the main stalk about as high as it could reach and take the top half to go. Did that with two plants before I caught it.

 Thanks guys

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Old thread, new info.

Had the aphid rancher ants in Ca.

We have small, black, ants here that were on my gals. Panic! set out shallow pans with a brick in the middle put my plants on the bricks.

That made a moat that the ants could not negotiate.

Had just finished when one of the ants tried to eat my leg. Sat what?! Grabbed it and whipped out my magnifier. Hmm, from the mouth parts it was not a rancher. It was a carivorous predator.  Upon inspection, I caught one munching on a flying aphid. Yay! I've got minions. deconstructed my moats and invited them in.

Did some research. Found that they had been imported by cane growers to control cane worms. And, just like the cane toad and the mongoose, it did not work out for them. However, it worked out great for outdoor growers in Hawaii.

The moral? Always carry a magnifier. Know thy enemy.

 

Aloha,

Weeze

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