RE: Ant attack on Sarr.

From: Tom Massey (
Date: Thu May 06 1999 - 06:17:34 PDT

Date: Thu, 6 May 1999 09:17:34 -0400
From: Tom Massey <>
Message-Id: <aabcdefg1555$foo@default>
Subject: RE: Ant attack on Sarr.

While I haven';t had any trouble with ants eating Sarrs. I still don't like
them around. They tend to cause problems by introducing aphids and (it
seems to me) scale. It's not that hard to get rid of them though, try
Ortene, Malathion, or even pyrithrins (sp).

Tom in Fl

> Hi, I've been having a major ant problem with my
> Sarracenia this spring.
> Most of the new flower buds are eaten by ants and so
> are the new pitcher shoots (they usually have the
> upper part of the pitcher eaten).

Like David M, I'm not convinced that the ants are your problem. Last year
S. flava had a steady column of ants marching up and down it for most of
spring, and it did nothing but grow. My admittedly anecdotal evidence is
that ants (at least the ones here in NC) don't do any harm to Sarracenia.


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