Posted by John Fasoldt on 15:20:53 10/9/2008 from 188.8.131.52:
In reply to: carpenter ants in a dying tree, which I plan to remove posted by Mark Homkes on 15:06:27 10/9/2008 from 184.108.40.206:
Well, if you can USE the wood, within a year or so, the sooner the better, then USE it. If itís just going to sit around and just rot away, then give it to someone thatíll use it. Naturally, youíll have lots of ants to contend with, just drop the tree and leave it for a couple of weeks. Will you see some in your house? Maybe. But just because you see ďa fewĒ doesnít mean you have a problem, especially when youíre removing a tree that has an abundance of ants. Maybe you want to await cold weather and do it then. But you can still see wanderers. So might your neighbor(s).
And guess what? You might not see any. As you can see, itís a crap shoot. I get this question, in some form, all the time. The answer is usually the same. And I have said something about it on my Web site.
DONíT spray it with anything. Toxic compounds are released under heat.
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