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Natashaalexandra
Dec 27, 2017 5:51 PM CST
Hi all,

I have six very large birds of paradise plants that are currently blooming (summer here in Australia) and they are covered in ants.

The sap the flowers are producing are attracting them and I am trying to control with a green/flower friendly insecticide but I am fighting a losing battle as after a day or two they return.

Are they actually damaging the flowers/plant? I am unsure if I even need to be spraying them. This year is the first year they have bloomed so I am unsure. Have spent a long time growing them and don't want to ruin them by over spraying the insecticide if it's unnecessary.

Thank you for any help in advance!

Natasha.
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Name: Bill
Livonia, Michigan (Zone 6a)
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BigBill
Dec 27, 2017 6:27 PM CST
I am not sure why you want to spray them at all.
I grow both the colored form and the white form here in south Florida and they attract ants. Lots of times sap is exuded because the plants are growing well and they produce or excrete extra sap. The ants collect it and feed it to their young. They do not seem to attack my plants in any way so I figure to just let them be.
You might cause more harm to the host plant and other critters in an attempt to rid the plants of the ants. Unless the ant population is so bad as to cause serious problems elsewhere perhaps the best course is to leave them alone?
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Natashaalexandra
Dec 27, 2017 6:46 PM CST
Hi Bill,

Thanks for your reply. I sprayed them because of the reasons I outlined above. Wasn't sure if they were doing any harm. If they aren't then I won't bother.

Thanks for the help.

Natasha.
Name: Bill
Livonia, Michigan (Zone 6a)
Orchid Nut!
Region: United States of America Echinacea Hostas Clematis Region: Michigan Adeniums
Butterflies Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Orchids Cat Lover Birds Dahlias
BigBill
Dec 27, 2017 7:45 PM CST
Welcome!
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Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
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ctcarol
Dec 27, 2017 7:51 PM CST
To the best of my knowledge, Strelitzia aren't bothered by scale or mealy bugs (that ants farm), so I agree that they don't need any spray. The ants are just feeding on the nectar the plants exude. Here, the humming birds also feed on them.
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