How Do Ants Affect Weed Plants?
Having too many ants in your marijuana garden can be a problem. But, you don’t have to resort to poisons to get rid of ants. In fact, many cannabis growers are very cautious about using harmful pesticides, and instead opt for natural methods.
Ants are industrious creatures, and they often help protect your garden from damaging insects. They also provide a protective barrier for aphids, which are tiny insects that eat the leaves of plants.
Besides protecting aphids, ants also help protect your cannabis plants from predators. Depending on the species, ants can live in colonies. They also help to aerate the soil, which helps your marijuana plant to absorb more nutrients.
Ants are commonly found in gardens and are attracted to honeydew, a sugary byproduct released by other insects. When they eat the honeydew, they produce black sooty mold. This type of mold affects photosynthesis and retards plant growth.
Ants are also attracted to other bugs and can help to protect your plant from predators. During the summer, ants are most active.
Ants live in colonies and may be found in ant trails or in mounds. They may also have a nest in the soil. This can affect the quality of the grow medium, as well as your plant’s root system.
Ants can also spread weed seeds. As ants are attracted to food, they will often bring seeds with them. They can also eat the roots of cannabis plants.