Answer: The ants you see may not be doing any harm themselves, but if you look more closely, you may see that they are hanging out with aphids, which are tiny insects that feed in masses on plant parts. They are sometimes called plant lice (this give you an idea as to their size!) Some ants actually feed on the waste product of aphids, called honeydew, because it is very sweet. If there are no aphids present, then look closely to see if the ants are causing any damage. Most often they prey on other insects or feed on plant sap that is already leaking from wounds caused by other insects or physical damage. As for the insects feeding on new growth of your other plants, that may be aphids as well. Once you have taken a close look, e-mail me with a description of what you've found, and I'll try to make a recommendation. I can't make a call with so little information. Your bouganvillea may be suffering from the sudden heat wave. Feed it a very dilute plant food to ease it back to health. Also, bouganvillea prefer to dry out between waterings. It's better to water it deeply once per week than a little daily.
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