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Because they seldom do any damage to African Violets, Ants present more of a nuisance than any real danger. However, the presence of Ants can indicate a more serious infestation, since Ants are attracted to the honeydew left by certain insects, i.e., Aphids, Leaf Mealy Bugs, Scale and Whiteflies.

Distinguishing Symptoms

If your African Violet has this symptom, it probably has Ants.


Consult your local hardware store or garden center for an Ant Bait which is safe to use indoors. If possible, locate the origin of the Ants and place the bait in that area. Generally, it will take little more than a day for the Ants to disappear.


Keep your growing area clean. Minimize the presence of food sources which may attract Ants to your Violets.

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