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Science: Ants can manipulate aphid reproduction to their benefit

Basically, ants manipulate aphids natural reproduction rates to favor naturally-inferior green aphids over the faster-reproducing red aphids. These ants also ward off natural aphid predators such as ladybugs.

In short, if you have an aphid problem, any symbiotic ants that come along will attempt to farm the aphids and make the problem even more entrenched.

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What is a natural repellent for ants that is safe for a grow space? @Hunter