ants eating bark on Korean dogwood tree

MaryAnn1399July 10, 2011

What is going on here? These ants are eating the bark on my Korean dogwood in three different places. They have a nest at the base of the tree. Is this typical behavior? Why would they do this? What's the best way to get rid of them?

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dan_staley(5b/SS 2b AHS 6-7)

Wow. Do you fertilize this plant regularly?

Dan

    Bookmark   July 10, 2011 at 8:32PM
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Kimmsr(4a/5b-MI)

The ants are a symptom of a problem not the problem. Find out what is wrong with your dogwood and fix that, if possible, and the ants will go away.

    Bookmark   July 11, 2011 at 6:52AM
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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

It looks like the ants are tending something -- those small reddish spots. Are those insects or what?

    Bookmark   July 11, 2011 at 10:59AM
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dan_staley(5b/SS 2b AHS 6-7)

I thought the red was part of the ants. Maybe a better pic is in order.

Dan

    Bookmark   July 11, 2011 at 11:58AM
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MaryAnn1399

It just got planted last year. We fertilize rarely. The red things are the heads of the ants. They have a black body and red head. I'll try a better picture.

    Bookmark   July 11, 2011 at 6:05PM
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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

Well, if you just planted it this year, where did you get it?

If you purchased it, do you have a receipt? If so, I'd call to ask about their return policy -- unless, of course, that wound occurred after the purchase.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2011 at 1:07AM
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