I mentioned awhile ago about having a zillion ants loaded with hammers and levels etc. climbing all over my apple trees. Ants don't neccesarily hurt them directly but they herd aphids that do. Aphids eat the leaves and secrete a sweet substance that the ants take home.
Applying vegetable or olive oil around the trunk will keep them a bay for awhile as it's like you trudging thru thick mud.
Over the last few days the ant population has exploded and I'm done with these little 6 legged sasterdb. So here's my new great idea and it's working like gang busters.
I bought a 4 pack of the sticky fly paper in a tube. You know the small yellow tube you tack to the ceiling in the barn home etc, pull the cord and out rolls this brown stickier that snap that once you touch, (usually your hair as you walk by) it's nasty sticky.
I wrapped a tube of it around the trunk of my trees. I got about 4 wraps around by 3 or 4 inches wide.
It was panic city immediately for the ants. Those on the upper portion can't get down and those below can't get up. One black one made a dash for it and got stuck on it.
I'll let you know how long this lasts, probably thru a few rains. Right now it's all jammed up at the fly paper and the ants have put out an "APB" that's all pests beware.
Teach 'em to go after my apples!