ants - Knowledgebase Question

Piedmont, So
Question by davenportfam
May 15, 2009
How to you rid a tree of big black ants? It is a large oak tree and the ants have eaten a large part on one side of the tree. Do you think we will be able to save it?


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Answer from NGA
May 15, 2009

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Sounds like carpenter ants. Carpenter ants nest in moist wood including rotting trees, tree roots, tree stumps, and logs or boards lying on or buried in the ground. They do not eat wood: Carpenter ants damage wood by excavating and creating galleries and tunnels. Eliminating a carpenter ant nests is a difficult and challenging task. While it is possible for homeowners to control carpenter ants, in most cases, control should be performed by an experienced pest control applicator. They have the experience and a wider array of products to more effectively control a carpenter ant problem. Contact your local cooperative extension office for currently available control products and/or a list of pest control operators (look in the phone book under "County" offices). Good luck with your tree!

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