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Will Ants Hurt Plants

Not directly. But if ants are living in the soil around a plant, they can make the plant dry out and need water more frequently. This is because their ant tunnels create air pockets which dry out the soil faster. On the other hand, those same tunnels help to aerate the soil, which is a good thing. If ants are on the foliage of a plant, that's usually a sign that harmful sucking insects such as aphids or whiteflies are feeding and damaging your plant.

These sucking insects emit a residue called honeydew that is sweet and very attractive to ants. The ants will roam your plant and feed on the sweet honeydew.

Unfortunately, they will do nothing to control the damaging insect. In fact, ants sometimes will move predator insects to fresh parts of the plant to help them create fresh honeydew. At this point, they become partners in crime and should be destroyed. Their criminal status may be determined by interviewing a sampling of suspected ants or catching them red-handed in the act of predator insect transport.

There are several effective methods to control ants, including aerosol sprays and ant baits containing boric acid. You can also place a sticky barrier around the trunks of trees or bushes that are vulnerable to attack. As always, do not use sprays on edible plants unless the sprays are marked for use on edibles.

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What You'll Need:

  • 3 pounds fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 quart heavy cream
  • 1 (3.3 ounce) package instant white chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 (6 ounce) container lemon yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons coconut-flavored rum, or to taste, divided (optional)
  • 2 (16 ounce) prepared pound cakes, cubed
  • 2 pints fresh blueberries, or as needed

Step by Step:

  • In a bowl, sprinkle the strawberries with sugar; stir to distribute the sugar, and set aside.
  • Chill a large metal mixing bowl and beaters from an electric mixer.
  • Pour the cream into the chilled mixing bowl, and add white chocolate pudding mix, lemon yogurt, and about 1 tablespoon of coconut rum (if desired); beat until fluffy with an electric mixer set on Medium speed.
  • Spread a layer of pound cake cubes into the bottom of a glass 10x15-inch baking dish, and sprinkle the cubes with another tablespoon of coconut rum.
  • Cover the pound cake with a layer of strawberries; sprinkle blueberries over the strawberries.
  • Spread a thick layer of whipped cream over the berries.
  • Repeat the layers several times, ending with a layer of strawberries sprinkled with blueberries and reserving about 1 cup of whipped cream; top the trifle with dollops of whipped cream to serve.
  • Refrigerate leftovers.


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