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May 2, 2017 9:31 PM CST
I live in Brooklyn, New York and in the small garden in front of my house I have a Rose of Sharon tree. The tree appears to be in good health and produces beautiful pink flowers in the spring/summer.

My question is as follows:
Up and down the trunk of this tree are hundreds and hundreds of small ants. Is there anything that anyone can suggest to get rid of the ants. Also because it is close to my front door, I am sometimes finding ants at the front of the door.

Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
May 3, 2017 10:14 AM CST
Ants probably going for nectar or farming aphids.
To get rid of them in whole yard, a lite dusting of corn meal/grits , dry, of course. Over big area around tree. Ants can travel a long distance.
I'd recommend you do your whole yard. Ants eat corn meal, and it kills them since they cant digest it.
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
Name: greene
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May 3, 2017 11:56 AM CST could use the garden hose to wash off both the aphids and the ants. Check daily and if they start to come back, just shoot them with the hose again.
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May 3, 2017 12:18 PM CST
Cinnamon gets rid of ants in the garden, if you're in Brooklyn, they must have that kind in your supermarket as well that's just over a buck, what is it, Spice Classics -- that's good enough. And if they get in the house, mix refined sugar and boric acid with a little water, making a slurry, if you will, and put it in the cap from a water or soda bottle and put it discreetly where you're seeing them -- they carry the poison (to them, not you or pets) back to the queen, and well, so much for that monarchy... Do keep in mind that they don't belong in your house but they do belong outside, so don't get carried away, you know what I mean??? Smiling
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