Pest Control - Knowledgebase Question

Scottsdale, AZ
Question by NewYorkEvie
July 18, 2007
I recently purchase a Cactus, 24 in Box Landscape. I notice that there are tiny red ants all over the buds and running up and down the body of the cactus. Please advise me on how to get rid of them. Are they dangerous to the cactus?

Answer from NGA
July 18, 2007


The ants are not harming your cactus, but are feeding on nectar manufactured by the plant. In fact, ants often visit cactus extrafloral nectaries, so it's perfectly normal. If the ants are annoying you, you can use a poison bait at the base of the cactus.

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