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By Anymal911
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Joined:  Mon Jul 13, 2015 3:14 pm
#249234
Are ants harmful to CPs? My dad put something next to my grow rack that made fire ants get all over it, mostly on my N. x miranda and a typical VFT. There weren't many but I'm still worried.
By Benurmanii
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Joined:  Fri Aug 07, 2015 4:34 pm
#249238
Not that I'm aware of. More often then not, they lead each other into death. I'd watch Brad's Greenhouse video where he puts one of his Nepenthes next to a colony of ants.
By w03
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Joined:  Tue Jul 15, 2014 12:46 am
#249281
Agreed, they're great snacks for your plants (though I wouldn't want to pick up a pot with fire ants all over it). Probably a little small for your VFT, but your nep is going to have a buffet.
By katya_dog1
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Joined:  Sat Aug 09, 2014 1:45 pm
#249291
Some ants will nest in the pots, but really, ants are just prey. Any damage is generally a result of their tunneling activities.

Monitor the pot if you're worried, but fire ants don't really like to nest (to my knowledge) in loose media like LFS, they prefer clay or sand.
By Eric
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Joined:  Thu Nov 13, 2008 1:23 am
#249299
Word of caution from personal experience. The ants themselves will not hurt your plants BUT they will invite over their unwelcome friends. Had a bunch of ants in my pools during the spring and now I'm fighting off mealybugs that they brought over.
By stephen777
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Joined:  Tue Sep 15, 2015 2:45 am
#249301
Yeah I have noticed they invite their friends too.... Have some scale insects on some of my neps because of ants... :( Ants by themselves are harmless as far as I know though. :)
By katya_dog1
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#249305
Oh yes, ants will also cultivate aphids for their honeydew, which is NOT something you want occurring on your plants, believe me.

They get punished for it, though. :)

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