Okra and ants

My Clemson Spineless okra just started blooming and I’m starting to see ants crawling around the plants. Are the ants a problem? Do they do damage? If they are a problem how do you control them?

The ants are likely feeding on “ pearl body’s “
Little round balls of nutrients on the leafs ,that the plant makes as ant snacks. Probably of little concern.

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The problem for me are them hosting aphids.

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Spray the stem with permethrin or zeta-cypermethrin (liquid sevin). Or could use Malathion, which will work on aphids and ants. It should discourage the ants temporarily. You could try DA, but not sure if that would work. After spraying the stems, then squash the aphids by hand. Don’t squash the aphids by hand if you spray under the leaves with malathion. Do not hit the blooms with these insecticides (yes, I know there are probably ants in there).

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They can be a problem. Fire ants love to tunnel into okra pods and eat the seed from the inside. If there are fire ant nests near your garden, put out something to kill the nest.

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