Any of you garden experts know how to deter ants from eating the young shoots on my mandarin trees?
In the past I have tried waxing/greasing the trunk but it soon "bakes hard" in the sun and they just continue up the trunk to the new shoots.
Are you sure it is the ant that is the problem and not another insect that is the problem.
Ants will only climb up a plant for one main reason.They want to get at the aphids.Aphids produce a sugary fluid that the ants love and will tickle the aphids behind so it will release this fluid.The ant then collects this fliud in it's jaws and takes it back to the incubator section in the colony.
Look closely to the new fresh buds and leaves,you will see the aphids and the ants milking them.
One aphid can produce 35 of them in one day.So it is best to have a plan to get rid of them without much hassle and exspense.
lntroduce munching eating insects that just love juicy aphids.And what l do everyday is to get a bamboo stick and tap the branches.The aphids will fall on the ground,where you can stamp on them.Another way is to use two fingers and rub the effected twig between your two fingers up and down the twig.
Never use pesticides,because this can have an effect on the predators that will do the job for you for free.
Thanks for the replies so far.
No it's not aphids it is certainly the ants that are eating the new shoots as I have watched them doing so.
I was told that the painting white of tree trunks was a sort of fungicide. But that could be wrong. What do they use to paint them white?
Back in England during my profession as a gardener.l used grease bands to deter the codling moth from climbing up the tree which effects the fruit of the tree.Here is Turkey is to deter the caterpillar from climbing the tree,by painting the trunks of trees that can be effected with a pesticide inside the paint.l even saw light poles painted.
Maybe l am wrong on their method of deterring the pest,but l don't think it has nothing to do with the ant.Unless it is a carpenter ant that can feed within the tree and can cause a problem.
it seems to be the time the ants are swarming and they fly with wings ( before they shed them) to set up new ant colonies. I have tried turning the house o them fore a few bursts- dont like using poision.
Its the good old KIREC the limewash, that is used on the trees, that you can also use to whitewash the house , the sides of the path, road kerb, etc...( if you stand still at the moment you will be painted too!) Buy it in those small white plastic bags and mix it with a bit of water.
Our friend has noticed many ant nests in his garden everywhere. There must be millions and millions of them in the whole garden ranging from eggs, to babies to full grown adults to flying ants...its terrible.
He keeps blasting them with a hose but they survive and start making their nests all over the garden again!
Anyone know of anything that kills ants but not the grass?