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Ants in birch tree

Posted by echalmers 6bMD (My Page) on
Mon, May 16, 05 at 10:11

Ants have colonized my birch tree. I believe there are aphids on a neighboring tree. So, what to do? Should I paint the birch with the stuff that keeps ants from climbing trees? Will insectisidal soap get rid of most of the aphids? Don't want to use chemicals.

I have never been able to find the nest of these ants, which live in the back of my garden. Bet I will find it when the garage is taken down, though . . .

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RE: Ants in birch tree

What kind of ants have "colonized" your birch?
It they are the big, black carpenter ants you need a good arborist in to look at the tree because there is a health problem that needs correcting.

RE: Ants in birch tree

  • Posted by jean001 z8aPortland, OR (My Page) on
    Sun, May 22, 05 at 23:22

What do you mean by "colonized?"

Frankly, I'd suspect the ants are after the aphids on your own birch tree. Look for them on the backs of the leaves.

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