Ants eating my rhubarb?!

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Ants eating my rhubarb?!
« on: June 17, 2013, 22:12 »
Can someone help another newbie?

I planted a rhubarb crown a couple of months ago and every so often, I'm finding a stalk is eaten clean off by what looks like ants? It's always near to the crown and I would welcome any advice about what to do?

Tried to post a photograph but it's too big a file?

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Re: Ants eating my rhubarb?!
« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2013, 22:14 »
There we go...
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Re: Ants eating my rhubarb?!
« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2013, 10:22 »
It looks more like weevils than ants to me - round bodies and pointy snouts? If it is, have a look on the RHS pages for non-chemical weevil control - most sprays can't be used on edibles.

I'm sure someone with a better idea will come along soon.

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Re: Ants eating my rhubarb?!
« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2013, 21:10 »
Hi surbie100, checked again and they definitely look like ants?

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Re: Ants eating my rhubarb?!
« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2013, 21:34 »
if ants, put some oil of cloves in a watering can of water and they will move on.

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Re: Ants eating my rhubarb?!
« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2013, 10:46 »
Thanks grinling, will try that.

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Re: Ants eating my rhubarb?!
« Reply #6 on: June 21, 2013, 11:42 »
the ants will be feeding on the sugars in the rhubarb but I suspect they didn't cause the damage themselves... otherwise we would all be losing our rhubarb to ants. Slugs? Or wind damage? I lost quite a lot of leaves recently after the big leaves got battered about in heavy wind and rain

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