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Tiny Beneficial? ants

This is a discussion on Tiny Beneficial? ants within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Interesting because first time seeing such ant. Most ants here are either all black or ...

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    Interesting because first time seeing such ant. Most ants here are either all black or red/brown.

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    Btw, I hope your water does not turn pink! (I just read about it).

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    I dont like it as the ants always taking care for mealybugs and causing disaster to my flowers as well as other plants. My Den Hibiki dropped off after one another due to heavy infestation which I didn't realized it until too late.Hm Hm
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    Wow! That is bad! It must depend on the ant species or maybe the season. That's a shame Zainal. We have a small hornet here we call a Yellow Jacket. I put most of my plants outside each spring. After a few days any bugs that were on them are gone. Eaten by the hornets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sciencegal View Post
    The only kind of ant I have no use for is fire ants. I have fire ant mounds on the property and if I or one of the animals stands near or on the mound we get badly stung and the stings burn and swell up and itch intensely for days. I routinely poison the mounds which gets rid of that colony but they pop up somewhere else. It is a never ending job.
    Yes we get these also Karin. They have no problem relocating do they?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sciencegal View Post
    The only kind of ant I have no use for is fire ants. I have fire ant mounds on the property and if I or one of the animals stands near or on the mound we get badly stung and the stings burn and swell up and itch intensely for days. I routinely poison the mounds which gets rid of that colony but they pop up somewhere else. It is a never ending job.
    I've read and watched videos about those. Glad they aren't this far north.

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    oh joy...someone who knows fire ants do not inflict their damage by bite! I'm so tired of hearing neighbors talk about "ant bites." They hold on with their mandibles and sting in a circle...ouch!

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    Once I drove my truck off the beaten path to unload or load something. I didn't realize that I ran over a mound until I stepped out onto a mound of very angry ants. It's a good thing there wasn't anyone around because I had to tear off my jeans to get them off my legs. I found out that WD40 sprayed on the stings reduces the pain and itching. I had heard it works but until then never had a good reason to try it out.
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    There are ants all over the spikes of my one cymbidium. I spent ages searching for scale just to be safe and couldn't find anything. I had it hanging in a tree over the past summer and they colonized the pot. I will need to get rid of them before it blooms so I can bring the beast indoors to enjoy.
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    When I moved from Kentucky to South Carolina, I had no greenhouse at first, so placed all of the orchids on the ground under pines. The first time I went to repot something, I discovered all of the pots were loaded with fire ants... hold the pot in one hand, grab the plant with the other, and pull! Only to get "rewarded" by a swarm coming up your arm.

    Fortunate, I sustained only a couple of bites, but soon learned that Ortho Isotox was my friend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sciencegal View Post
    Once I drove my truck off the beaten path to unload or load something. I didn't realize that I ran over a mound until I stepped out onto a mound of very angry ants. It's a good thing there wasn't anyone around because I had to tear off my jeans to get them off my legs. I found out that WD40 sprayed on the stings reduces the pain and itching. I had heard it works but until then never had a good reason to try it out.
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    now that's a perfume I've never had to try! You must have smelled oily for days, as it doesn't come off easily...

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