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Help, how to get rid of ants on my Lemon Tree

Postby smileygirl » Fri Oct 19, 2012 4:58 pm

I live in the outback of Australia and the ants love my lemon tree, not the Lime tree? I have it in a pot and it was ok in the open as I used the base as a water hazard for them but I have recently put it up against a pool fence due to wind (lost a lot of flowers) the ants climb up and chew on the stem and leaves....I fear I will never be able to plant in the ground.

I have tried a paste of coffee granuals but that has not detoured them and we have sprinkled ant killer around the ground but this has not worked.

Any hints or solutions would be appreciated, thanks
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Re: Help, how to get rid of ants on my Lemon Tree

Postby Sam » Sat Oct 20, 2012 9:17 am

While it is in a pot, you can treat it with a condy's crystal solution (potassium permanganate). About a third of a teaspoon in a 9 litre bucket of water.

Don't ever do this with plants in the ground as it kills worms.
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Re: Help, how to get rid of ants on my Lemon Tree

Postby bubba louie » Sat Oct 20, 2012 12:56 pm

Sam wrote:While it is in a pot, you can treat it with a condy's crystal solution (potassium permanganate). About a third of a teaspoon in a 9 litre bucket of water.

Don't ever do this with plants in the ground as it kills worms.



Sam I read it as the ants climbing the pool fence?
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Re: Help, how to get rid of ants on my Lemon Tree

Postby AdamBorzy » Sun Oct 21, 2012 1:57 am

This may sound crazy but have you ever tried putting some oil on the trunk of the tree?
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Re: Help, how to get rid of ants on my Lemon Tree

Postby bubba louie » Sun Oct 21, 2012 11:28 am

AdamBorzy wrote:This may sound crazy but have you ever tried putting some oil on the trunk of the tree?



Not crazy but you don't use oil. I think something like Vaseline is the go. Won't stop them from climbing the fence to get onto the tree though.

Can't you just move it a little bit away from the pool fence?
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Re: Help, how to get rid of ants on my Lemon Tree

Postby smileygirl » Mon Oct 22, 2012 1:09 pm

In answer to the answers, yes it is next to the pool fence and attached to it to stop loosing anymore lemons, I would move it away from the fence (which would solve this issue) but this is stopping me loosing anymore lemons due to wind and I am trying to train it to go along the fence, besides I may move it and plant it in the ground and train again along another fence so need an action that would work to eliminate or detour the ants from liking my lemon tree altogether, I have thought about vaseline and will try this next. Thank you everyone, and if you have anymore thoughts please tell me, cheers.
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Re: Help, how to get rid of ants on my Lemon Tree

Postby bubba louie » Mon Oct 22, 2012 9:45 pm

I've never heard of ants eating leaves. Are you sure there aren't any scale on the tree that might be attracting the ants?
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Re: Help, how to get rid of ants on my Lemon Tree

Postby Pam » Tue Oct 23, 2012 5:36 am

You could find where the ants are climbing onto the fence and sprinkle ant powder as a barrier.
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Re: Help, how to get rid of ants on my Lemon Tree

Postby smileygirl » Thu Oct 25, 2012 1:20 pm

bubba louie wrote:I've never heard of ants eating leaves. Are you sure there aren't any scale on the tree that might be attracting the ants?


Upon inspection they are not eating the leaves but are chewing on the tree itself...what do you mean by scale please? The ants are chewing and causing little brown lumps on the trunk and branches, which I presume is the sap healing the wound so to speak.

And in answer to the other person, we have spread ant killer on the ground but that has not stopped them.
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Re: Help, how to get rid of ants on my Lemon Tree

Postby bubba louie » Thu Oct 25, 2012 4:48 pm

smileygirl wrote:
bubba louie wrote:I've never heard of ants eating leaves. Are you sure there aren't any scale on the tree that might be attracting the ants?


Upon inspection they are not eating the leaves but are chewing on the tree itself...what do you mean by scale please? The ants are chewing and causing little brown lumps on the trunk and branches, which I presume is the sap healing the wound so to speak.

And in answer to the other person, we have spread ant killer on the ground but that has not stopped them.


Are you sure the ants are causing the lumps? Try rubbing some off, they may well be scale insects.


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Re: Help, how to get rid of ants on my Lemon Tree

Postby tam » Thu Oct 25, 2012 9:24 pm

Do your branches and stem look black Smiley?
Pretty sure you have scale and you will have to spray with white oil to get rid of them.
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Re: Help, how to get rid of ants on my Lemon Tree

Postby smileygirl » Thu Oct 25, 2012 10:02 pm

tam wrote:Do your branches and stem look black Smiley?
Pretty sure you have scale and you will have to spray with white oil to get rid of them.


yep, thank you people, I didn't know about scale, now I do.....Cheers :O)
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Re: Help, how to get rid of ants on my Lemon Tree

Postby bubba louie » Fri Oct 26, 2012 8:27 am

smileygirl wrote:
tam wrote:Do your branches and stem look black Smiley?
Pretty sure you have scale and you will have to spray with white oil to get rid of them.


yep, thank you people, I didn't know about scale, now I do.....Cheers :O)


Whatever you do don't spray white oil on a very hot day or you'll fry the tree. Can you move it into the shade to treat it?
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Re: Help, how to get rid of ants on my Lemon Tree

Postby tam » Fri Oct 26, 2012 7:04 pm

If it can't be moved spray late afternoon.
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Re: Help, how to get rid of ants on my Lemon Tree

Postby Chip » Sat Oct 27, 2012 12:40 pm

if there are ants, there is scale. Scale is common on citrus and can be removed by hand if its a small area or with a high pressure hose.
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Re: Help, how to get rid of ants on my Lemon Tree

Postby bubba louie » Sat Oct 27, 2012 3:58 pm

Chip wrote:if there are ants, there is scale. Scale is common on citrus and can be removed by hand if its a small area or with a high pressure hose.



Any scale I've seen would need such a high pressure that it'd strip the leaves as well.
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Re: Help, how to get rid of ants on my Lemon Tree

Postby smileygirl » Sun Oct 28, 2012 8:04 pm

have found when googling scale that someone suggested using dishwashing liquid with eucalyptus oil, the ants have gone and the scale is rubbing off so seems to be working so far....
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Re: Help, how to get rid of ants on my Lemon Tree

Postby AdamBorzy » Tue Oct 30, 2012 2:38 pm

And how is it going now? :wink:
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Re: Help, how to get rid of ants on my Lemon Tree

Postby smileygirl » Mon Nov 05, 2012 3:01 pm

AdamBorzy wrote:And how is it going now? :wink:


Worked a treat...scale nearly all gone and the ants are nowhere to be seen.....worth a try for gardeners who dont like using commerical chemicals
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