What do ants and duct tape have in common?
I had a suspicion and confirmed it this morning.
Typically, I am in the garden every day, duct tape
wrapped sticky side out around my hand, turning over
leaves to remove eggs and nymphs-
sometimes an adult or two.
This year has been much easier.
Was it the cooler early Spring?
The extra rainstorms?
What I did notice was an overabundance of ants
climbing the stalks of my zucchini and yellow squash.
All over the leaves they marched about accompanied
by an odd number of very light spiders.
Then I found it- Ants eat squash bug eggs and nymphs!
Perfect- thanks ants.
But please stay IN the garden and not in the house!
For folks concerned about ants, here is where ants are beneficial, they actually eat the squash bug eggs if they find them. We can stay ahead of a major infestation of squash bugs if we all kill every squash bug we see.
This is a photo of the zucchini I pulled out of the garden yesterday,
a complete surprise. It wasn't nearly this large the last time I saw it.
Yellow squash is quickly following so we'll be grilling in no time.
This one is large so it may be turned into some delicious bread!