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Hi all,

I'm looking for advice/solution to something I noticed yesterday while in the family garden.  We planted okra for the first time and it had a bit of a rough start, but is taking off now.  I noticed yesterday that one of the plants had a swarm of black ants across the pods and one of the leaves.  I don't recall any noticeable damage to the plant, however I am concerned.  I have no experience in growing and nurturing okra.  Are the ants/aphids damaging the plant? Is this something I should be worried about.  I reviewed a handful of sites online which states that the ants are attracted to the honeydew the aphids give off.  


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John Kompa wrote:Hi all,

I'm looking for advice/solution to something I noticed yesterday while in the family garden.  We planted okra for the first time and it had a bit of a rough start, but is taking off now.  I noticed yesterday that one of the plants had a swarm of black ants across the pods and one of the leaves.  I don't recall any noticeable damage to the plant, however I am concerned.  I have no experience in growing and nurturing okra.  Are the ants/aphids damaging the plant? Is this something I should be worried about.  I reviewed a handful of sites online which states that the ants are attracted to the honeydew the aphids give off.  


John



without a picture you probably have aphids, hose them off and the ants should retreat they ants wont damage the plant but aphids will. cheers.
 
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Perric Falcon wrote:

without a picture you probably have aphids, hose them off and the ants should retreat they ants wont damage the plant but aphids will. cheers.



Trying to post again from iPhone. I’ve noticed little black dots under the leaves near the infested pods.  Photos are now attached.
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