Ants on tree


Old 04-17-04, 03:40 AM
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Ants on tree

I'm having a problem with ants crawling and climbing up my new purple leave plum tree. There are 1000's of little black ants on the tree, for some reason they are attracted to the little pink flowers on the tree.

The question now is how do I stop them? And what should I do to prevent them from starting to eat away at the tree roots or damage base of the tree?
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Old 04-17-04, 05:04 AM
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If you look on the leaves by the flowers and the stems, you may discover aphids. The ants tend the aphids and milk them for the honeydew they produce from sucking the leaves. Kind of tending the cattle if you will. The ants won't hurt the tree, but the aphids drain the tree by sucking the liquid from the leaves. If you knock the aphids off with a stream of water, the ants will put them back.
Old 04-21-04, 02:05 PM
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If you were my retired neighbors, you would just cut down the tree. They've cut down five or six small to large trees in their suburban yard. I've stopped asking why, but they did tell me that they don't like trees getting too high.....uke
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