I’m a fairly new gardener, this being my second summer garden and the first time I’ve had this problem: huge red fire ants eating my squash plants from the roots up. In fact, they’ve destroyed all of my squash plants despite my attempts to save them, and now seem to be honing in on my cucumber plants. The first signs were wilty leaves, as though they weren’t getting enough water, and approximately a few days later I would see clusters of 10-15 fire ants gathered at the base of the plant. They moved from one to the next. Sevin Five and ant killer pellets don’t seem to be helping the problem. I’m also seeing quite a number of black ants about, but my online researching indicates these help repel otherwise harmful bugs on cucumber/squash plants. However, they don’t seem to be having any effect on the red ants.
Is there any advice out there from seasoned gardeners? I’d really appreciate any tips!