I have googled my brain off to find out why ants (little black ones...teeny-tiny) were eating my seedling poppies. My little guys were being eaten from the top down after they had about 2-3 sets of leaves but before they could bloom. There is nothing out there covering ants eating poppies, and I can't wrap my head around that. We don't live in an age where we are the first to experience anything, let alone something that can't be found via Google. Yet, I have found nothing after 2 days of searching (and I happen to be pretty good at googling...I might even add it to my resume).
However, one trip to my local Home depot set me up with a strapping red haired older gentleman who not only answered my questions but armed me in my battle- BEHOLD: Bayer Rose & Flower Insect Killer. Use it! It rocks. It freed my poppies which are back on the mend and not longer dying. I use it on all of my non edible plants to protect from any insect that I haven't discovered yet. Since I just moved in, I am not familar enough with all the predators in my area.
For assistance with my edible plants, such as tomatos and pumpkins, I use Garden Safe Fungicide 3-in-1. It totally rocks with any pests that find my plants are yummy as I do. I highly recommend both products and spray each every 30 days to insure continuious protection