Ants on jalapeno plant
I have a new jalapeno plant in my garden that is about 1 ft. tall. I planted it in a container in the spring and relocated to the garden in June. We have had temps above 100 all summer and hardly any rain so it is flowering for the first time. I noticed this morning that there are suddenly ants all over the plant. What can I use to safely kill the ants without damaging the plant?
Submitted by BHGPhotoContest

The ants aren't really the problem. They won't harm the plant. However, they may be "farming" aphids or other insects that feed on the sap of the plant and secrete honeydew, which the ants feed on. Control the aphids with a forceful water spray, insecticidal soap or a labeled  insecticide, and the ants should no longer be attracted to the plant.

Answered by BHGgardenEditors