Aphids and black ants?

MDutton(6a)June 5, 2013

Hello, all!

I've been battling aphids and black ants on my balcony... But just on one eggplant. Every night I go out and wash them off with a stream of water from the watering can, and every morning they've returned. I've knocked them off/squashed them by hand, and I just can't seem to get them all. My poor plant is suffering some damage, probably from the aphids and all the man-handling.

I tried a homemade garlic spray last night (just boiled chopped garlic, and strained it into a sprayer; yuck!), along with washing them off with water... And they were back once again this morning. I saw a few of the little black ants carrying the aphids around the soil... Not sure if they were taking their meal "to-go", or helping the buggers back onto my plant. ;-)

My neighbor gave me a partial bottle of "take down garden spray"... Is this a safe option? There seems to be an awful lot of warnings and precautions. I tried the dish soap and oil mixture on a pepper plant last year, and it didn't do so well. I'm a little hesitant to try it again.

Any other remedies? Is the take down spray safe?

Thanks!

--Malaya

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nil13(z21 L.A., CA (Mt. Washington))

the ants are aphid farmers. you knock the aphids off and the ants pick them up and carry them back to your plant. The ants eat the honeydew the aphids poop out.

    Bookmark   June 6, 2013 at 11:13AM
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