Ants And Aphids On Artichokes - Knowledgebase Question

Vacaville, CA
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Question by davidmoody
February 17, 2001
What is the best way to control ants and aphids on artichokes? Is there any way without using poison?

Answer from NGA
February 17, 2001
Ants tend aphids, milking them of honeydew, a sweet excretion. If you rid your artichokes of aphids, the ants will pack up and leave, too. You can hose your plants off frequently to dislodge aphids, or spray your artichokes 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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