All Things Gardening forum: Will ants damage my pear tree?

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UrbanForest007
May 31, 2017 6:01 AM CST
Hi everyone,

I noticed a colony of ants around the trunk of my newly planted(2 months) pear tree. I did not notice any ant climbing the tree or any damage in the leaves but I am afraid since they have their house right around the trunk of the tree maybe they'll damage it's roots or something. There are a lot of ants around and a lot of tiny white things which may be their larvae. There are other colonies of ants around my garden but since they are spread around I think they don't pose a threat for my plants. Should I be worried and should I act?
Attached here are some pics but since it's midday I think they might be having their siesta. Thank you in advance.

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DaisyI
May 31, 2017 9:01 PM CST
You haven't mentioned where you are or what kind of ants you have. Some ants can inadvertently kill your tree by making their runs close to the roots, cutting the roots or eating the roots. There are probably ants that just co-exist with roots and don't do any damage.

BTW: All the ants in your yard are part of the same colony. Ants from different colonies fight eachother to the death.
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Tisha
Jun 1, 2017 2:20 PM CST
Welcome! UrbanForest007
I understand your concern about your new pear tree.
I don`t much about ant problems but maybe a non chemical is what you are looking for.
Diatomaceous earth sprinkled around the base, not on the trunk. It`s safe except for insects who`s abdomens are close to the ground.
Although safe, thoroughly read the products instructions. Smiling
Now to be a wet blanket. How large does that cultivar get? Is it a mini or dwarf?
It looks very close to the foundation of the building. I only bring this up `cause it will be easier to move while it`s still this size. Angel
Do you know how to make Moc-Apple Pie using pears? I had a piece years ago, it was pretty good.
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Tisha
Jun 1, 2017 2:27 PM CST
@Daisyl love the ant colony info, I think Hilarious!

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