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Prevent ant damage on your tree

by editor on April 29, 2011

Are ants making a home for themselves on your tree or eating the fruit you’ve been waiting all season to pick and enjoy for yourself? Luckily you have a few options to get rid of those ants once and for all.

If you’re looking for a product that won’t hurt your tree or any other animals, horticultural glue is an excellent organic pest control option for your tree. Made from natural gum resins, oils and vegetable waxes, horticultural glue is applied to your tree to prevent ants and other bugs from reaching the tops of the trees. There are specific instructions on how to properly apply the glue, so consult with the packaging or your local tree care company to ensure you are applying it correctly.

Another non-toxic method is to keep the soil around your tree overly moist. Ants do not fare well in wet soil and will likely stay away in favor of drier soil. Any ants that already exist in the soil around your tree will be drowned by the water overload.

Sevin dust is another option, although this product will also kill insects that may be beneficial to your tree. This product is found in local hardware stores and is not harmful to humans or your tree. Sevin is the third most-used insecticide in the United States, so its popularity speaks for its effectiveness.

If ants have been a nuisance for you, try one of these options to have an ant-free tree this season.

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