Whenever there are ants crawling all over the plant, and particularly if they seem to be trooping up and down, they are shepherding some kind of sucking pests (that are harmful to your plant) by carrying and moving them around and harvesting sweet “Honeydew” from them. The most probably pests involved are aphids, but they do also use and harvest honeydews from scale insects, Mealybugs, whiteflies, etc.
- So start by blasting the plant with hard sprays of water. If it’s in a container, put in sink or other appropriate location when you can Get things wet and blast the pests and ants where they can’t do More harm.
- try to ID the pests — post photos here and see if anyone recognizes them
- set out ant baits to control the ants — buy commercial products or make your own with borax and something sugary (I use last of yogurt, ice cream, soda, juice, etc. left in container) — they will take the borax back to their colony and hopefully poison the queen.
...daisy — usually when daisy-like flowers look like there is/are dirt on the middle yellow eye part of the flowers, it’s From tiny caterpillars that cover themselves with the pollen as camouflage and are eating it... but it could be something else.