Are ants bad for my flowers? If so how to get rid of them? I also am finding holes in my flowers? How do I prevent pests?
I have a raised, homemade planter box on my concrete patio. 3 days ago I put some flowers I bought from a nursery in and have found black ants climbing on the top of the box and around the flowers. Are they bad for my flowers? I have Zinnias, Petunias, and Marigolds. I know they can aerate the soil, but will they go eating leaves and such? I found one of my new petunias has a bunch of small holes in it. Could this be caused by the ants or by another pest/insect?
Finding ants on your plants can mean you have an infestation of another type of pest. The pest residue, called honeydew, will attract ants.
Treat the plants with Neem Oil.