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Old Jul 24th 2023, 9:37 am
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Just as my peaches are ripening and becoming soft, they are invaded by armies of ants. Does anyone know of a deterrent . I was hoping to apply something on the tree trunk to stop their vertical climb to the fruit rather than a full chemical warfare on my tree and fruit.
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Old Jul 24th 2023, 11:33 am
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Just as my peaches are ripening and becoming soft, they are invaded by armies of ants. Does anyone know of a deterrent . I was hoping to apply something on the tree trunk to stop their vertical climb to the fruit rather than a full chemical warfare on my tree and fruit.
A 50-50 mixture of vinegar and water is worth a try.

It can kill ants, it disturbs their scent trails but most of all, they don't like it......

It's also cheap and not unduly "chemical".
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We got one of the from Leroy Merlin which does the trick.



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Although not resident in Portugal , so I do not know the product name,you need to apply an inert grease or a ties on grease band to the trunk of the tree so they cannot climb up I am sure something must be available to do this
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Make some ant feeders in glass or plastic bottles. You need powdered sugar and boric acid (Borax soap)
Watch the video for directions.
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My experience is that (sadly), if I don't use pesticide I don't get fruit; especially apples, pears, and peaches.
I haven't had trouble with ants, in my case it's fruit fly or similar that lays eggs in the fruit, the larva then eats it from the inside.

Plums did ok without pesticide until this year, when an infestation of aphids destroyed the buds after flowering. Instead of 60kg of plums, I barely had a handful of them.

Figs seem to be unaffected by insects even though I don't spray them.

Timing is essential, you don't want to harm the bees during flowering.
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My experience is that (sadly), if I don't use pesticide I don't get fruit; especially apples, pears, and peaches.
I haven't had trouble with ants, in my case it's fruit fly or similar that lays eggs in the fruit, the larva then eats it from the inside.

Plums did ok without pesticide until this year, when an infestation of aphids destroyed the buds after flowering. Instead of 60kg of plums, I barely had a handful of them.

Figs seem to be unaffected by insects even though I don't spray them.

Timing is essential, you don't want to harm the bees during flowering.

Sounds like you have medfly infestation - look up Mediterranean Fruit Fly (it is like a small housefly but with sticking out wings with brown spots on) - and it is the larvae that rot the fruit from the inside out. Figs can more rarely suffer but last on the food chain! For aphids spray on sight with very diluted mix of washing up liquid in water, and repeat every few days till infestation stops. Ants also farm the aphids but if you kill off the aphids the ants soon give up the effort and move off elsewhere.
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I have had success with this, gets rid of the aphids which ants dont then farm:

How to Make Insecticidal Soap
Combine one cup (or 1/3 Cup) of oil, any variety, such as vegetable, peanut, corn, soybean, etc. with one tablespoon of dishwashing liquid or other “pure” soap. Be sure to avoid any dish washing liquids which contain degreaser, bleach, or those that are for an automatic dishwasher.

Mix two teaspoons (or 1 teaspoon) of this “soap” mixture to every cup of warm water and put into a spray bottle. Mix only what is needed for a one-day application.

1 cup is 250 ml

1 tablespoon is 15 ml

1 teaspon is 5 ml

1/3 Dose is 85 ml oil with 5 ml fairy liquid. (1/3 Cup + 1 teaspoon)
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thank you all for your help
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