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Identify small, white, "ant-like" bug found in chips near tree

I can't be certain with the picture quality but based on their location in the wood chips and their appearance I'm going to say you have termites. Certainly get rid of them and/or call a bug inspector ...
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Why are ants staying on my lettuce leaves?

Ants are in no way harmful to your vegetable plants. With at least one caveat. They love to raise and promote aphids. So cute, really. Lettuce is easy 'food' for aphids but rarely will you see ...
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Peony and Ant Symbiotic Relationship?

Some varieties of paeony do attract ants, on the flower buds particularly. The buds excrete a type of sap that the ants find attractive and which they consume - once the flowers open, the ants ...
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My lemon tree, ants, shells. What is this and how to treat it properly?

It appears to be scale insects. I'm not experienced with scales, but I imagine you can use neem oil and/or diatomaceous earth once in a while to help. I would get the diatomaceous earth all over the ...
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Are ants/flies a threat to a raspberry bush?

Aphids inhabit leaves and shoots, particularly new shoots - ants 'farm' them to collect their honeydew, so it might be that the tiny black flies are actually aphids. I've magnified the pictures, but ...
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Peony and Ant Symbiotic Relationship?

It is a symbiotic relationship. The peony produces nectar from unopened buds that ants love to eat, much like Bamboo says. There are a few species of plants that produce nectar outside of their ...
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Why are ants staying on my lettuce leaves?

In addition to Stormy's answer, the other possibility is that the ants are looking for water. Lettuce and chard leaves often trap drops of water even in hot weather, and as a result are used as a ...
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What should I do about ants and aphids in my mint?

Some ant here and there might eat a dead aphid or two, but they seem to actually have a symbiotic relationship, more or less, with the ants using the aphids for sugar, which they actually make, ...
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How should I deal with carpenter ant damage on my old almond tree?

Yeah, carpenter ant damage and apparent heart rot. You aren't going to be able to do anything at this point. Definitely do not fill it, as that will seal in moisture. I'd recommend replacing the tree. ...
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Identify small, white, "ant-like" bug found in chips near tree

How close is this tree to your home? Is this tree old or not doing well? I would NOT DIY for this. You should have a professional come out and go through your home. They know how to look for ...
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How do I control fire ants in the mulch around my tree?

Ortho Fire Ant killer is the poison orthene, which is widely used on crops. So it shouldn't harm a tree. I have had great success controlling fire ants by spreading bait like Amdro over a wide area, ...
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Is there such a thing as ant castings?

Well yes, they excrete like all animals, and yes this would contain nutrients. You are unlikely to see that though as they are quite fastidious creatures and like to do their own composting. You may ...
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What is this disease on my carrots?

Your carrots do have a severe aphid infestation. Often you can blast them off with a strong jet of water, but the ants will lift them back up again if they're harvesting the aphid dew. So, you're ...
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What is the name of this amazon plant that have ants inside its leaves?

Using Neotropical myrmecophilous Melastomataceae – an annotated list and key (F. Michelangei 2010), I got as far as, "Subkey 4: Domatia as paired ascidia at the apex of the petiole or the base of ...
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How to prevent ants from digging near my plants?

Not too much of a problem in open ground, but they certainly can be if they're nesting in your containers or pots. They don't eat plant roots, but they can and do break them up in order to extend ...
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How to prevent ants from digging near my plants?

Most species of ants generally don't cause a problem in gardens. They do tunnel, and if too excessively there can be trouble, and they can farm aphids on your plants, and protect them from possible ...
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Killing ants without killing the grass

Yes, it will kill grass if you use it neat. You can try a 3% solution of dish soap mixed with water and sprayed on the area, that might kill the ants but shouldn't harm the grass. There are other ...
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Is Dawn dish soap effective and safe to kill ants on my houseplants?

Dish soap will kill ants but it will not kill the queen in the nest or remove the cause that is bringing the ants to the plants. Normally ants will only go great distances for food. They have ...
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Ants in my garden: good or bad?

Whoa! You guys obviously haven't watched 'Ants'...that animated movie with Woody Allen, Sharon Stone, Stallone...grin! I've never had problems with ants. This new garden I've got is riddled with ...
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Why don't ants eat my lettuce?

Ants as a unified body of individuals are brilliant. Us humans could and should learn a thing or two from these insects. Ants eat a huge diversity of foods to include fats, cheese, breads, grease, ...
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I poured straight vinegar on grass, can I save it?

I noticed when adding a vinegar solution to some weeds experimentally, only the leaves in the sun were damaged by it. If it's not too late, you can try shading the spots of grass for a while, and ...
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I poured straight vinegar on grass, can I save it?

Dilution will help. Water the patch thoroughly and allow it to spread the acetic acid about a bit, both sideways and down. Yes, the strong acid will have burned some roots; this will result in some ...
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Ants are farming aphids on my cherry blossom

I’ll note that the ants are only there because of the aphids. I’d recommend you focus on the removal of the aphids. Once the aphids are gone, the ants will leave. If you can refrain from spraying ...
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Get rid of ants with sugar/yeast cocktail

You should be able to tell if there's a nest in one or more of the pots - when there is, there's always black flecks of soil around the base of the pot. But if your plants otherwise look healthy,it ...
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Ant hills replaced dead grass

The ants are probably taking advantage of the space in the soil that used to be occupied by the (now dead and shriveling) roots of the weeds you killed. Unless the ants are causing a problem, I wouldn'...
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Ants digging next to the root of my newly planted Japanese maple

MiniMe...ants are not a problem ever for plants. Well, they do the aphid harvesting gig but even then no problems really. Was the bottom of this trunk buried for awhile? How does the rest of your ...
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Killing ants without killing the grass

Mix Dawn and water, 1 teaspoon per quart. Amazing insecticide, and a great spritz on dishes before a wash. Won't kill plants but they might notice. My all-purpose plant soap is 1 gallon water, 4 ...
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Is Dawn dish soap effective and safe to kill ants on my houseplants?

Dish soap has chemical which can damage the roots of the plants. In large amounts it can start to discolor leaves or affect petals. Dish soap can't actually kill ants unless it will drown them. ...
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Getting rid of the bugs on the Lotus maculatus

Major aphids...easy, easy to control...spray of water, spray of Safer's soap mixture, Neem...I see a few other possible problems that you need to consider. Could you send more pictures? Where are ...
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How should I deal with carpenter ant damage on my old almond tree?

I would cut it so that water can't pool inside of it... since it isn't alive still, you shouldn't gain much by painting it with Tree Wound, but it wouldn't hurt either. if it isn't feasible to cut ...
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