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Are these ants bad

Discussion in 'Bugs, Problems, & Other Issues' started by chippin-in, Jun 14, 2017.

  1. chippin-in

    chippin-in Founding Member Founding Member Full Member Thread Starter

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    My wife just noticed a bunch of these ants on the tree in our front yard. The tree is about 18 inches in diameter it's a nut tree of some type. The ants are about quarter to three eighths inches long and there are may be 50 to 100 of them running up and down the tree. Are they killing my tree?

    Thanks
    Robert

    P.s. I proof read this before I hit post

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  2. Tony

    Tony Hardwood Enthusiast Staff Member Global Moderator Full Member

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    I think those are wood ants Robert. Not good.
     
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    rocky1 Creator of Shavings and Sawdust! Full Member

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    Is there really such a thing as a good ant? :unknown:
     
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  4. chippin-in

    chippin-in Founding Member Founding Member Full Member Thread Starter

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    A dead ant
     
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    Time to ask the uncle. Chuck
     
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    Schroedc Trying to kick a nasy sawdust habbit.... Staff Member Global Moderator Full Member

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    Usually in my area, if a tree gets ants it was because something was already wrong with the tree like a void or rot, Check with your local extension office to see if there is an arborist in your area that could come look at it. They may signal a larger problem with the tree, or you may get lucky and they are just on the tree and not in it.
     
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    ripjack13 ɹǝʇɹɐqpooʍ Staff Member Global Moderator Forum Moderator Full Member

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    Those are carpenter ants. Indoors, carpenter ants feed on meats and pet food, as well as syrup, honey, sugar, jelly, and other sweets. Carpenter ants DO NOT eat wood. They remove wood as they create galleries and tunnels for nesting.
    To get rid of em, Mix 1 part boric acid with 10 parts sugar water, add this mixture to the food you want to use as bait, and set it out along any carpenter ant trails or spots you think foraging workers frequent. The sugar water in the mixture will draw the workers in, and the boric acid will kill them – and their nest.
     
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    Ant Audrey was a good old girl, never cared for ant Marry.
     
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    Ask @Mike1950 - I believe he knew Auntie DiLuvian back in the day.
     
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    GRRRRR
     
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    chippin-in Founding Member Founding Member Full Member Thread Starter

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    Okay so we put out some ant crystals all around the tree...cuz we had some, and I checked it yesterday which would have been about a day later and I didn't see no ants on the tree. I will check it again tomorrow.

    Thanks for the help
    Robert
     
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    Choot em ! Choot em !
     
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    If the remedies listed above don't work, go to Lowes, Home Depot, or some farm and home store, or Tractor supply store and buy a quart of concentrated carpenter ant/termite killer. Mix about a cup of it in a pump up sprayer and douse the tree and the ground around the tree. If you can find a hole in the tree, or a rotten spot, give it a good bath. Not only will this kill ants and termites, it will kill powder post beetles and about any other insect, including honey bees!
     
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