My recently planted fruit trees are striving to make themselves at home in my hot climate.
But now some local ants, large and small, are turning the leaves into their personal smorgasbord.
A. I don't wish to harm the ants on ethical grounds.
B. I subscribe to a permaculture concept in which nature is something with which to coexist not subdue. There's room for all creatures to thrive.
But neither an I willing to see my trees nibbled bare.
Any of your green thumb growers know of a non-deadly but effective repellant to make these hungry ants look elsewhere for noms?
Appreciate all your suggestions, guys.
Found something that seems to be working well for the past couple days.
My nursery recommended a non-toxic product that's been on the market for about 130 years, called Tanglefoot.
I was expecting a few casualties from the braver/more reckless ants, or even them making a bridge of their dead if truly determined, but so far they've wisely been avoiding it completely.
Maybe over time, once the trees strengthen and the ants learn the trees are a verboten zone, I'll be able to remove the band.
I have also been providing them a nice pile of noms as a distractive. Reminds me of making an offering of fruity appeasement to the gods ;)
Yaya, so happy to hear you found a solution! And wow those ants are smart, not even one casualty!
Nice of you to make them an offering! I am sure the ant gods will remember you kindly for this! :)
Cool Windlord I am glad you found a solution :-)
My suggestion is also to appetize the ants with some banana peelings or apple cores near the plants.