*yes I know ... reminds me of a childhood affliction my parents used to mention, too ... but maybe it's just as uncomfortable for the daylilies! ...*
Please share any organic (we have dogs-allowed yard and beds), easy, affordable ways to dissuade ants from buzzing around in the daylily blooms
I'm not sure what they are doing in there, but each time I go to pollinate, there is at least one ant that climbs to the top of the stigma and reaches out their front set of arms to wrestle with my tweezered offering of pollen.
Others are seen wandering around eating tell-tale holes in the petals, or are down inside at the base of the bloom, perhaps drinking water or nectar. If I try spraying diluted lemon juice on the unopened or just-opened buds (perhaps mixed with anti-aphid-thrip diluted dish soap) do you think it would mar the flower or just end up encouraging the ants further?
We've tried over-the-counter eco-pet friendly solutions, but there has been no impact from their use
So ... hoping someone has found something else that has worked for them?