Dr. Dirt: Watch out for carpenter ants

Since the first of July only 1.2 inches of rain has fallen.  Thus, rain barrels and gauges are empty and plants are thirsty!

A huge limb from a neighbor's oak tree fell about 50 feet and made a loud crashing noise, enough to send the neighbor quickly outside to check the problem. The limb just missed the garage. The cause of the limb drop was carpenter ants.  They are a common sight moving up and down tree trunks, as well as sometimes in houses.  Carpenter ants can only chew wet wood, thus, wounding trees is not good. Often the ants gain entry where a limb has died and fallen.  he water collects in the wound and the ants go to work.

Roof leaks are another entry point for carpenter ants. So far, only two Japanese beetles have been observed, which is a good sign.

For those interested in a beautiful Hawaiian vacation in November, Dr. Dirt has travel shows Monday, July 29 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 5255 Noggle Way, 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Tuesday, July 30 at Comfort Suites Northeast, 9760 Crosspoint Blvd at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.. 
Aloha! It's fun in the sand and sun.

Dr. Dirt

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