by April Reinhardt
(last updated October 14, 2019)
While it is true that ants will swarm over most flowering and fruit-bearing trees, it is a common misconception that ants will eat the substance of the tree. Instead, ants herd aphids and milk them for their sweet secretions. So, it is logical to assume that if you have any type of plant covered with ants, the ants are chasing aphids, and the aphids are the culprits that are killing your lemon tree.
So, what are some of the remedies for ridding your lemon tree of the ants? If you want to get rid of the ants, the obvious answer is to get rid of the aphids. In order to be able to get rid of both, use some of these methods:
You can also apply a sticky barrier, such as Tree Tanglefoot Pest Barrier, directly to the trunk of your lemon tree. As the ants travel through the product, they become hopelessly trapped and then die. This eco-friendly barrier dissolves naturally over time and will not harm your tree.
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