Posted by C May on 19:28:46 2/24/2009 from 188.8.131.52:
I live in North central TX. About 6 months ago I planted 3 wax myrtles. A couple of months ago I noticed one of them didn't seem to be thriving like the other two.
I found a large ant mound at the base of the plant. I treated it with Amdro. A weeks or so later I noticed the mound was still active; I used more Amdro. After about 4 applications of Amdro, I finally called my landscaper. He treated the mound with Telstar. Well, after 3 Telstar treatments the ants were still there. Telstar was supposed to be a "one time needed" treatment.
I even tried to drown them by letting the hose run at a trickle for about 5 hrs. No luck - still active.
Some of the ants appear to be carpenter ants (rather big for ants) with red and black coloring. Then I noticed some of them were very small black ants. Then I saw some the larger ones with wings.
So I don't know if I have termites, carpenter ants or what.
Also, about 3 years ago I had a railroad tie retaining wall removed and replaced with a stone wall. They told me at the time the leave "dead men" in the ground when they take down a railroad tie retaining wall. "Dead men" are the railroad ties that run horizontally under the ground that were used to help support the wall. So, in other words I know that there is old wood under ground that may attract termites and/or carpenter ants.
To clarify, the only reason I am concerned is because of my poor wax myrtle not thriving - I don't want to lose it. The area is actually on the backside of my backyard (where my retaining wall is)and is about 60 feet from my house. I am not so much worried about my house as I am for my wax myrtle.
Any suggestions and getting rid of them to save my shrubbery??
One more complication - I have dogs, so I am concerned about pesticides. They did not bother with the Amdro or the Telstar, but I don't want to poison my pets!
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