The Q&A Archives: Ants

Question: Something has been eating my flowers growing next to a storage building. I found large black ants in some bricks & hopefully killed them all. Now I still have a few leaves being damaged on my triple angel trumpet in a pot. What can I spray or use to kill all insects on my flowers?

Answer: Most insecticides are insect-specific so it may be difficult to control all the insect pests in your garden. In fact, you wouldn't want to. Beneficial pollinating insects could be killed if you use a broad-spectrum insecticide. I'd try to find out just what is munching on your plants and either hand pick or use an insect specific product. Some least toxic products include Bioneem by Safer; Bon-Neem by Bonide, and
Power Force Multi-Insect Killer by Bayer. These products are either neem oil or pyrethrum based insecticides and because they are derived from plants, are easier on your plants and the environment.

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