Ants On Figs

Losing Leaves

Q: I’m having a problem with small ants on my figs as they ripen. Nothing I
spray helps much. 

A: The easiest way is to use a sticky material to trap them on the trunk. One
such product is Tanglefoot. Or you could use a wide band of double-sided
sticky tape. In either case, wrap the trunk tightly with one or two layers of
masking tape in a band four inches wide before you do anything else. Make
sure there are no cracks underneath the tape that the ants could use to bypass
the sticky stuff. The Tanglefoot can be painted on the masking tape. Or apply
one layer of sticky tape applied to the masking tape. Check it daily and renew
the application when it’s no longer trapping ants.

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