Ants

Asked May 6, 2019, 8:51 AM EDT

I have a colony of ants in my raised bed. I grow vegetables, I also have pets ! Please help!!

Marion County Oregon

6 Responses

Thank you for your question. The ants, by themselves, are not a risk to you, your pets or your plants. However, they are an indication that you have an aphid infestation on one or more plants. Here is an article about aphids that will help you find them: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/nurspest/aphids.htm

Hope this is helpful. Good luck!

So i should not kill ants?

That is correct. If you have carpenter ants which are consuming your house, that is something to address. But ants in the garden don't need to be killed--some even pollinate! Just look for the aphids which can harm your plants.

I am so glad I contacted you I was going to use sevin dust on them. I want to chase them out of my garden bed! I only know to stir up soil so they leave Thanks for your advice carpenter ants are big these are not just black ants! I will read article you sent on aphids!

On further investigation there is a rose garden in the property behind mine could be source of aphids! I have a rose bush in my garden that is crawling with them! What do I use that is safe and effective? Thank you so much!!

As we suspected! Here are two resources: https://extension.oregonstate.edu/news/how-control-aphids-less-toxic-methods and http://ipm.ucanr.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn7404.html Should give you all you need to know! Good luck!