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do azaleas/rhodos attract

Posted by roorezzi Poconos (My Page) on
Sat, Apr 28, 07 at 9:42

ants? I was told that we shouldn't plant an azalea (he wasn't sure about rhodos) by the foundation b/c they attracts carpenter ants/ants. We live in a wooded area in Zone 5 poconos.

Is this something that I should be concerned with??

Thanks :-)

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RE: do azaleas/rhodos attract

  • Posted by morz8 Z8 Wa coast (My Page) on
    Sat, Apr 28, 07 at 10:48

Ruth, there isn't anything about either of these woody shrubs that attracts carpenter ants - the ants are something we have to watch for here too.

Any plant or tree in contact with your house or its foundation could potentially provide ants access or hold moisture against the structure producing conditions favorable to ants. You'll want a "vegetation free zone" against the foundation no matter what you are planting....just don't plant so close you have to worry about it touching - allow for growth of course :).

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