- Bog Myrtle
- Southern Turkey
- 07 Feb 2007
Sarah, as Figwort says, fruit tree grease. Or, if you don't fancy that, you could whitewash the trunk of the tree from the ground to about a metre up the trunk. That stops them.
Bubbles, the ants themselves aren't a problem, but as Figwort says, they do "farm" the aphids for the sticky sap they exude - and this includes attacking and driving off any predator which would otherwise eat them and get rid of them out of your tree.
The other time they become a problem is when they find their way into the house
Admittedly, I never had that happen whilst in Scotland, but in Turkey it's a pain sometimes - you don't dare leave anything edible lying, or leave a spilled dribble of anything like honey or jam on a cupboard shelf, because they'll find it overnight, and you'll have a column of them tramping through the house to reach it. And once they find a way in, it's really hard to divert them again