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Growing Sweet corn, also maize

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16 Feb 17 (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi There! I was wondering how I can get rid of the little black ants that are eating and nesting in my sweet corn. And something is eating away my capsicum........... Thank you
16 Feb 17 John (Australia - temperate climate)
Ants can be a problem in the garden. You don't say in your note how many plants you have but if it is only a few you could smear a band of petroleum jelly around each stalk to trap them. Ants are also deterred by pepper. Buy some cheap pepper and sprinkle it liberally around the plants. this works well to stop ants stealing carrot seed, which they love. Regarding the ones that are nesting I don't have any suggestions. Maybe a small amount of kitchen washing up liquid mixed with water and sprayed onto the affected plants will suffocate them. Regarding chewing pests on your capsicums. Yates 'Natures Way' is a very saafe spray to use for caterpillars. I don't use synthetic sprays or chemicals in my garden. Trust this helps.
17 Feb 17 LESLEY STRUDWICK (Australia - arid climate)
Thank you............ will give your suggestions a go.. :)
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