Posted by John Fasoldt on 9:14:05 6/5/2014 from 220.127.116.11:
In reply to: Carpenter Ants in Trees posted by Justin on 11:55:33 6/4/2014 from 18.104.22.168:
lol@crook exterminators. Yeah, there are definitely some out there... They usually play on the fears that people have for bugs of any sort. Scare tactics work on some people, but if those guys were really smart, they wouldnít do that.
Ok, now to your ant problem. Are you ready for this? Donít worry about it! CAs and trees go together like love and marriage. There are CAs in EVERY tree. And they actually HELP the tree, they certainly donít hurt it. So just leave them be. You donít need to put out any bait or chemicals for this, so save your money. You have to remember that CAs will forage as much as a hundred yards from their nest, so unless you get rid of every tree within a hundred yards of your house, you may still see foragers. Besides, they live in other places besides trees.
Donít cut down those trees! At least not because of the ants. Sure, trim branches that are dead or dying, and the ones over or close to the house. But be aware, that you may STILL see foraging workers almost anywhere. Frankly, I like trees - even the ones with Cas! I lived in a house for 38 years, with a HUGE sycamore in the front, and several others in the back yard. Almost every year I would see a few inside, but I have to tell you - I never treated my hose for CAs, not even once. Sure, we had fleas once in awhile, since we did have a dog for much of the time, but I never did anything for the few I spotted inside. Waste of time. Eventually, he found his way out or my wife killed him. And we didnít ever have a major problem.
As far as the mulch under the trees, thatís decorative. It doesnít help a mature tree, so unless you want it there, you could remove it. The ants would much prefer the tree to the mulch. Also, with regards to exterminators, common sense goes a long way. And if anyone attempts to SCARE you about anything we do, take him off your list!
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