The Q&A Archives: Aphids and Ants

Question: I have a hybiscus that has aphids on the plant and ants in the soil. What can I do to get rid of both of these insects?

Answer: Ants tend aphids, milking them of honeydew, a sweet excretion. If you rid your hibiscus of aphids, the ants will pack up and leave, too. You can hose your plants off frequently to dislodge aphids, or spray your hibiscus with insecticidal soap. Insecticidal soap is derived from plants and is relatively harmless to all but soft-bodied insects such as aphids.

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