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Posted by Ann on 15:00:12 6/15/2010 from 204.124.193.192:

We had a storm with damaging winds one night last week. When I went out in the morning, there lay a very large maple across our driveway! Since the insurance company is taking a while to act on the claim, my husband decided to cut up the trunk of the tree up in order to clear out the driveway (and to get his truck out from underneath of it).
When he started cutting on the tree, hundreds of carpenter ants poured out of this tree! The middle of the trunk had been pretty much reduced to sawdust. We aren't sure how that huge tree was still standing!
We are worried that the ants will just move on to the next tree, so I went to a local garden center. They sold me a concentrate to spray around our foundation and the base of all of our other trees.
Did the carpenter ants actually kill the tree or are there other issues? Did the carpenter ants move into the tree because it was already dying? Our lot has many old, mature trees and we don't want to lose the shade they provide.
Thanks in advance for the advice!



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