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August 5th, 2012, 12:23 PM
Mega Super Mommy
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Location: Canada
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I have a question. Like I've said before this is my first time gardening. I have a raised bed, and decided to do a short row of corn. The plants seem to be growing fine, and even started having ears grow, but I doubt we'll be able to eat them, because they are infested with millions of tiny ants. These bugs are not on any other plant (all within the same bed) I am wondering what if anything is causing this, or what can i do about them. I would like to avoid any and all chemicals.
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August 5th, 2012, 08:52 PM
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I am not sure. If you check online you will no doubt find listings of all the pests that can affect corn and identify your particular bugs with images.

I had black bugs all over my mustard greens and I just pulled all the plants out instead of trying to get rid of the bugs.

We just had our 2nd groundhog move in under the deck. My DH just put out the havahart trap for him.
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August 15th, 2012, 12:56 PM
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For some reason the ants are such a big problem this year! I went to Home Depot and they gave me a natural product that was ok to use by plants. It was a great help. Wish I still had the name - I will go back to Home Depot and see if I can find out!
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August 20th, 2012, 03:29 PM
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Home Remedies for Natural Pest Control

That won't work for our pests Kids as we did lose 20 tomatoes because a grandson who was visiting the grandma in our neighborhood picked them off and stomped them all over the patio a couple weeks ago and the two weeks before that some other kids kept tearing them off .

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March 5th, 2016, 08:03 PM
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Ladybugs can be a natural pest control too. I recommend talking to someone at your local organic nursery!
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January 28th, 2017, 06:19 PM
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I realize this is an old post but ants are a problem every year so this information might help someone. I've had a lot of success with a mixture of essential oils and cayenne pepper. Chop and then boil a cayenne pepper. Remove the pepper and add a few drops of peppermint or tea tree oil to the water.

I don't use exact measurements but I've never made a batch that didn't work.

Powdered cayenne pepper will also work great but I have yet to find a spray bottle that it won't clog.

I use this mixture in the house and garden.
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March 26th, 2018, 09:36 AM
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Do ants eat the corn? I had them all over my garden (no corn) last year and they did all my pollinating without harming the produce, because bees are in decline where I am at. I found them helpful!
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