I recently invented a highly effective organic squash bug control
system and am very pleased with it. Normally, my squash plants die
early, but now that they're actually growing I'm noticing little ants
all over the flowers. The cukes and melons appear to have the same
problem -- little ants everywhere.
1. Is this a problem? Are they impacting pollination? Should I be
trying to kill them?
2. If so, how can I safely do this without threatening bees and other
beneficials? I garden organically, but as a general rule, I avoid
even organic pesticides
I live in Dallas/Fort Worth, and these are not fireants... they're
about half the size of a normal fireant.
Also, I do have fruit... but I don't know if it's in spite of these
little guys or not. Very tasty, by the way.
FYI, my organic squash bug control works for cuke beetles also: I
reward my kids with an extended bedtime for killing them. Squash bug
= 1 minute; squash bug egg cluster = 2 minutes; cuke beetle = 1
minute. One of my kids racked up 22 minutes one night.