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Post  s.jones on Fri May 03, 2013 5:39 pm

Can anyone tell me what to use for ants on bonsai trees. They are laying eggs on my Barbados cherry leaves and a few other trees. I have them on my condo lanai 3 floors up. They are very small but annoying.

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Post  Guest on Fri May 03, 2013 5:56 pm

Hi s.jones

Are you sure it is not greenflies on the leafes, and the ants visit them, to harvest the sucker they produce?.

Kind regards Yvonne...spray for insects

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Post  Marco Giai-Coletti on Fri May 03, 2013 5:59 pm

Watch out for other parasites in the tree, especially scale insect because the ants "farm" them.

I've experienced the problem a few times and the ants were just a symptom of another problem. I sprayed with mineral oil (just make sure that your species of tree can deal with it) and the scale died and the ants left shortly afterwards.

Hope that helps.

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Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Fri May 03, 2013 6:03 pm

Ants can sometime be an indication of over watering.

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Post  JimLewis on Fri May 03, 2013 8:34 pm

Whatever they are doing, the ants likely are not laying eggs on your tree. Ants nest in the ground -- or for some species in dead, rotten wood.

As others said, search though your trees for other insects -- most likely aphids or other soft-bodied sucking insects.

Use a spray with pyrethrins in it to kill the ants and the insects they're tending.

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Post  AlainK on Fri May 03, 2013 9:28 pm

Ants are not a problem, they're merely a symptom: when I spot some, I use a tretment against aphids.

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Post  JimLewis on Fri May 03, 2013 10:08 pm

I hope you look for aphids first. There ARE other reasons for ants to be on a bonsai.

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Post  AlainK on Sat May 04, 2013 1:27 pm

Of course.

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