ants in palm trees? - Knowledgebase Question

Seminole, FL (Zone 9A)
Question by edrachek
June 27, 2007
i have a pygmy date palm, and when i was pruning it i noticed nests of ants under the hair on the stalk of the palm is this normal?

Answer from NGA
June 27, 2007



I apologize for this delayed reply to your gardening question. The spring rush has brought a deluge of questions and we are working hard to catch up!

Ants love to nest in places like that. It is not unusual. You can leave them be or if you want treat them with a general purpose insecticide but they are not doing the palm any harm.

Thanks for the question. Best wishes for a wonderful gardening season. Please stop in again soon!

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