• carpenter ant hole in my tree

    From Alfred Falk@21:1/5 to CARLOS LOVERA on Tue Apr 21 03:36:44 2020
    CARLOS LOVERA <caedfaa9ed1216d60ef78a6f660f5f85_15050@example.com> wrote
    in news:1607a1ef20df7da9$1$706$4236dc63@news.newsgroupdirect.com:

    I have a guava tree on which I been noticing dead branches. I finally
    went to investigate and noticed a huge hole when a branch must have
    broken off. The were a lot of dead tissue in the hole and carpenter
    ants. I cleaned out the area with drill, sprayed the ants as they fled
    and proceded to filling the area with Durhams putty after spraying all
    the surfaces with tar paint. This morning as I am applying Tanglefoot I noticed that the ants are also at the base. They seem to have eaten
    away a good portion of the tree from below. I cleaned and sprayed the
    area. My issue. I want to reach from beneath and apply a good measure
    of roofing cement to the affected area and thus keep ants from entering
    their old home. Will roofing cement do the trick. It cant hurt at this
    point. That and keep area around d the tree clean.
    Thnk you

    I don't know anything about guava trees. However, it is my understanding
    (and experience) that carpenter ants like to chew up _decaying_ wood and
    that suggests your tree is in trouble, and no plugging up of holes is likely
    to be a long term solution.

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