Black ants

@roshand8 (1481)
Sri Lanka
July 3, 2008 5:22am CST
When my chili plants blooms black ants come and feast on the plants.have you ever experienced this? Is there any natural pesticides?
2 responses
@coolseeds (3925)
• United States
4 Jul 08
Are you sure the ants are eating the plants? Look closer to see if there is anything else. Look under the leaves as well as in the new growth. You might find aphids. Believe it or not ants will carry aphids to plants so they can harvest their poop called honeydew. This should take care of the ants. Make a ring of cream of wheat around the base of the plant. The ants will eat it and it expands in their stomach and they die. If there are aphids you can get rid of them several different ways.
@roshand8 (1481)
• Sri Lanka
4 Jul 08
Thank you so much for the information.Ants are not eating my plants they just gather under the leaves.I've thought that they were sucking the juice of the plant.thanx..
@coolseeds (3925)
• United States
4 Jul 08
They are probably there because of the aphids. Aphids are either green or black. If you do not see any aphids you might find brown spots on the under sides of the leaves. This is their waste. Some petroleum jelly around the stem will also keep them off. Just make a small ring around the stem about an inch tall.
@roshand8 (1481)
• Sri Lanka
5 Jul 08
Thanx a lot.I should try that..
@ama1986 (108)
• United States
4 Jul 08
let me tell you this: there is no sach thing as natural pestside,it well still some very small amount of unnatural addadive in it even if dosent say it on the lable,go to home depot, B.S in biology & since
@roshand8 (1481)
• Sri Lanka
5 Jul 08
What about margosa extract,turmeric solution?