Ants all inside Zucchini flower

Asked June 24, 2017, 9:29 AM EDT

Hello, I have a lot of female zucchini flowers ready to open though they seem to be "ahead" of the male flowers which are still closed. There is one female flower that is completely open and I noticed a ton of ants inside, crawling all over the female ball-thing, completely covering it. Is this ok? Why are they there? Will this help or hurt pollination. Thanks!

Howard County Maryland

1 Response

The ants are harmless. They are feeding on the pollen. Since ants are beneficial in the landscape, we do not recommend any action. They will not have a big impact on the zucchini. If you have a large ant colony in your vegetable garden, you can knock down their numbers by leaving a hose on the colony and drowning them out or sprinkling diatomaceous earth over the colony.