Do Ants kill plants or flowers? - Knowledgebase Question

South Jordan, Ut
Question by linglede
August 8, 2007
Do the little black ants affect the growth of a plant or flower? Do they feed off the roots? thanks


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Answer from NGA
August 8, 2007

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The little black ants you see in the garden do not harm plants. They climb up plant stems and stalks to feed on the nectar in the flowers and/or to feed on the sweet excrement from aphids (called honeydew). The ants do not feed on the roots of plants. Hope this answers your question.

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