Pests and Diseases forum: Ants in mulch around tree

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Name: Beth
Greenwood, IN (Zone 6a)
Cat Lover Region: Indiana Vegetable Grower Miniature Gardening
May 6, 2017 8:09 PM CST
There is a young maple tree in my backyard and I was going to plant some flower seeds around the base of it. When I started to pull back the mulch I found I have a HUGE infestation of ants almost all around the tree. Millions of ants and larvae.

My questions is will my tree be okay or do I need to do something for the ants?
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Keeper of Poultry Farmer Roses Raises cows
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May 14, 2017 12:25 PM CST
I think it depends on which ants they are. Some ants like to live in tree hollows, but I don't know whether they cause them. In our pastures, there is an ant mound at the base of almost every tree - always on the south side. They are fire ants and do not seem to harm the trees.

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