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My yellow trumpet vine had a lot of black ants this summer. Is that normal? I never noticed this other summers. They were so many that a few came into the house. If ants are normal, can I spray something on the ants, or will I kill the plant? My plant is huge, about 15', it surrounds my deck for privacy. Hate to lose the plant, but want to lose the ants.
From my experience, where there are a lot of ants, look for aphids.
I have a huge trumpet vine on my balcony and it also has lots of ants but I don't mind as they feed on the aphids and keep them under control.
I too have wondered if ants are actually needed to help open trumpet vine flowers, as is true for peonies. But there has been no response to this question. Please respond, if you can help answer this question. Thanks.
I have found the opposite is true. Ants are sucking my flower buds dry, such that they shrivel up and do not open. A few buds have survived the ants, but thus far the ants seem to be winning the battle.