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ants eating bark on Korean dogwood tree

Posted by MaryAnn1399 Washington (My Page) on
Sun, Jul 10, 11 at 16:36

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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RE: ants eating bark on Korean dogwood tree

Wow. Do you fertilize this plant regularly?

Dan


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RE: ants eating bark on Korean dogwood tree

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.


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RE: ants eating bark on Korean dogwood tree

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


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

Dan


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RE: ants eating bark on Korean dogwood tree

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.


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RE: ants eating bark on Korean dogwood tree

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.


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