Plants, no matter how well cared for, can also fall victim to pests. To combat them, it is necessary to know why they have appeared, so that the problem can be eradicated at the root. Now, you may wonder how to eliminate ants from plants.
These are certainly insects that make their presence felt in your garden and your pots every year, preventing you from enjoying your flowers as you would like. It’s time to put them at bay!
Before getting down to business, you need to know why they go to plants. To do this, you must bear in mind that sometimes the presence of these insects can mean that there is another host that is taking advantage of the sap produced by the leaves: the aphid. Generally, aphids and ants are accompanied by them, since the aphid produces a molasses on which the ant feeds. So instead of one pest, we have two.
It can also happen that the insect is simply passing through. If you see that there are only one or two, they have most likely gone there to drink some water, but it will not do them any harm. In fact, they also help with the task of pollination of the flowers. On the contrary, if you see that there are many and that the plant starts to get ugly… it’s time to take action.
One homemade trick to repel them, especially when it comes to protecting trees or shrubs, is to rub their trunks with a lemon. The smell is very distasteful to them, and it will keep them away from your plants. If you want to keep them from going to your pots, you can rub (or spray) a lemon on it too.
When we see that the leaves start to show symptoms that something is not right, it is necessary to observe them carefully if possible with a magnifying glass, since perhaps, besides ants, it has aphids. If that were the case, you would have to use a specific insecticide or, if you want to opt for an ecological remedy, you would have to dilute about 300 grams of natural soap in one liter of hot water, and spray your plants once a week.
To prevent problems, the best thing is observation. Inspect your plants from time to time, and you will see how the risk of pests (or their becoming more serious) is reduced.