Ant Control

plethora87July 24, 2012

Hello,

What's the consensus nowadays on keeping ants off of trees? I know Tanglefoot can trap them but I'm wondering more about what to put between the tree and the Tanglefoot, particularly this time of year when it's humid out -- I just tried some foam tape (for flexibility) and it trapped too much moisture against the trunk.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Thanks!

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steve_in_los_osos

Here's how Alex Silber of Papaya Tree nursery does it.

Here is a link that might be useful: Ant Control w/Tanglefoot video

    Bookmark   July 24, 2012 at 7:41PM
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plethora87

Thanks, good video.

They're in California -- Has anyone tried this in a humid climate?

    Bookmark   July 25, 2012 at 8:13AM
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BSmith321(6)

Put diatomaceous earth in a small band around the base of the trunk.

If problem is too much for one band put two. Works for me.

    Bookmark   July 25, 2012 at 4:29PM
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copingwithclay

Wrapping a ring of 1" wide masking tape on a smooth area of the trunk with the sticky side facing outward....is sure cheap and easy. The rings can be replaced after they are full of bugs or when the stickiness has diminished.

    Bookmark   July 25, 2012 at 11:58PM
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calistoga_al

I am surprised no one has suggested spraying the tree with oil to control the aphids and scale that are creating the "honey dew" which is attracting the ants to the tree. Al

    Bookmark   July 26, 2012 at 8:26AM
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