Ants and Aphids - Knowledgebase Question

Clearwater, AL
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Question by elp7
July 7, 1998
Do ants take of aphids, or do they eat them? Where can I find diatomaceous earth? Not the kind that goes in to a swimming pool?

Answer from NGA
July 7, 1998
Ants sometimes 'herd' aphids and protect them from predators. Aphids excrete a sugary liquid called honeydew that ants really like so they groom the aphids and milk the substance from the aphids bodies. Ants don't eat aphids, though. Diatomaceous Earth can be purchased from Garden's Alive, 5100 Schenley Pl., Lawrenceburg, IN 47025. Phone (812) 537-1700.

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