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  3. Fire ants Queen Palm
  4. ants on plants
  5. birds are destroying our screens to get to dead bugs
  6. Excessive sap and wooly aphids on Hackberry Tree
  7. neem oil on ficus
Asked by Anonymous on May 19, 2014
Snails

Why do snails like living in gardens?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Gardens provide good shelter and plenty of food for snails. To get rid of them, this article will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/organic-snail-control-how-to-control-garden-snails.htm

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Asked by jestrada on August 27, 2014
Pesticides

What do you do with leftover pesticides?

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theficuswrangler

Contact your local Department of Waste Treatment, or Hazardous Waste Removal, and ask them what are the protocols for your area.

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Asked by Retnav1979@aol.com on October 5, 2015
Fire Ants Queen Palm

I have 2 queen palm trees and one is infested with fire ants. I looked around the tree for a mound but didn’t find any. I assume they made a home inside the tree. What should I use to get rid of the ants?

Thanks
Jim

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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Use ant traps, try to find traps that list Fire Ants. Place them around the Palm where you are seeing the ant activity. Don't water, as to get the ant traps wet. Continue this until you see the ants are gone.

You can use an ant spray for immediate ant control, but you need to kill the nest to get rid of the ants completely.

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Asked by deborah.muniz on October 9, 2015
Ants on Plants

How do I get rid of and control ants attacking my rose bushes and dwarf Meyer lemon tree? I find ants, they appear to be black ants, crawling on the leaves of my rose bushes and on the leaves of the dwarf lemon tree. I also find them coming out of the ground fron underneath the roses bushes and lemon tree.

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villiers

Ants can be killed by pouring hot water into their nest. This will not harm the roses. Otherwise an insecticide for aphids will probably work.

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Asked by phyllis_ballinger on October 11, 2015
Birds Are Destroying Our Screens to Get to Dead Bugs

Birds are tearing into screens until they get access to dead bugs. I guess taking the screens off is one answer or washing out screens every day but I cannot drag a hose with me all around the duplex. I live in north central Texas. They eat into the night and are driving us nuts! Help!

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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

You can try using sound or noise to deter the birds. I have heard of people using blinking christmas light strands to keep birds away.

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Asked by shopehope on October 26, 2015
Excessive Sap and Wooly Aphids on Hackberry Tree

More recently, the sap has become abundant and the aphids are everywhere. In years past, we had many ladybugs here but not seeing them as often now. Tree is about 35-40 feet and hangs over my beautiful deck. I am having to rinse the deck daily, as it is so covered with sap that your feet stick to the decking. Is there a way to treat the tree during spring? We had some sap in the years past but nothing like it is this year. We have had excessive rain this year. I live in NW Georgia.

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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

The 'sap' is actually called Honeydew, it is the secretion from the insects.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/info/what-is-honeydew.htm

Normally Neem Oil can be used to treat the insects but a tree the size that you have would be difficult without a professional.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm

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Asked by tuesdayart on October 29, 2015
Neem Oil on Ficus

Can neem oil be used as a systemic on recently pruned ficus trees? I have 3 larges ficus nitida hedges (trimmed to 15′), and 1 very large (35′) tree. The ground surrounding is sticky from some kind of infestation. The tree trimmer said it was a bug and the tree should be sprayed. He didn’t speak a lot of English, and my Spanish is atrocious, so I couldn’t get more details. I don’t have the ability to spray such a tall tree, and do not relish the thought of the spray going everywhere. Also, I don’t want to harm local birds with poisons. I heard Neem oil was relatively safe when applied correctly, and wondered if it could be given to the tree systemically. I am deep watering them with 5 gallon buckets with small holes at the bottom over a depression in the sandy soil, a foot away from the trunk of the tree.

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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Yes, Neem Oil will work systemically.

Neem Oil is organic, safe for people, pets and bees!

Here is a link with more information.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm

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