How to Prevent Ants from Coming to Camellia Buds

When aphids eat camellia buds, they will produce a sweet substance called honeydew which attracts sugary sweets lover like ants. Therefore, ants will protect aphids from their natural enemies to gain honeydew as much as possible.

How to Prevent Ants from Coming to Camellia Buds

How to Prevent Ants from Coming to Camellia Buds?

Ants come to camellias buds because of aphids that mean you will have to get rid of them both. Once there is no honeydew, the ants will stop coming by themselves. The aphids usually hide on the undersides of the leaves near the camellias buds.

Use water to get rid of aphids. They are slow-moving insects so they can’t go back to the shrub once getting knocked off. The honeydew will also be washed away by the water.

If water can’t wash aphids away, you should try insecticidal soap. Soap sprays are effective and less toxic than other kinds of insecticide. Some good commercial soap sprays are selling on the market, but you can also make your own to save money.

How to Make Insecticidal Soap?

You will need dishwashing liquid and vegetable-based cooking oil such as peanut, soybean and safflower oils to make your own insecticidal soap.

Recipe: 1 tablespoon of dishwashing liquid and 1 cup vegetable-based cooking oil

You keep the solution on hand so you’ll be able to use it when ants start recovering camellias buds. Before pouring it into spray bottle to use, you should mix 4 tablespoon of the solution with a quart of water.

To get the best result, you should spray the insecticidal soap direct to aphids, so aim the spray at the colony and don’t be stingy—spray until it drips from the leaves and buds. Repeat every few days to prevent the aphid eggs from hatching and the young aphid from eating camellias leaves, because the spray doesn’t has a long effect. You shouldn’t spray insecticidal soap when the sun is shining directly on the leaves.

Good luck!