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How to Promote Weaver Ants in Orchard

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Weaver ants live in large families:

  1. Weaver ants are reddish.
  2. They are bigger than some of the black ants.
  3. Weaver ants build nests in the trees.
  4. Weaver ants live in large families in mango, orange, cocoa, coconut, cashew and many other trees.
  5. They live in Africa and Asia.
  6. A weaver ant family, also called a colony, lives in many nests, often occupying several trees.
  7. Within a weaver ant colony, there is just one queen and she is the only ant that can produce off-spring.
  8. Without the queen the colony quickly dies. It is impossible to know in which nest the queen lives.

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How to work with weaver ants:

  1. If you want to introduce a new colony in your orchard, you need to have a queen.
  2. Collect all the nests from a small tree where ants have made new nests at the beginning of the rainy season.
  3. Put all the nests from a single colony in a bag and place the opened bag in a tree in your orchard.
  4. Within a few days the ants will start to build new nests in the tree.
  5. To help the ants spread to more trees, tie a string from a tree that already has weaver ants to a neighbouring tree that does not have weaver ants.
  6. If ants from neighbouring trees fight.
  7. Then They are from different colonies and should be separated.
  8. Cut any branches that connect both trees.
  9. To protect yourself from ant bites, you can harvest mangos with long sticks.
  10. You can also put ash on your body.
  11. You can also sprinkle some ash on the branches where you stand to pick the fruit.
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FAQ:

What is the color of weaver ants?

Weaver ants are reddish.

Where weaver ants live?

Weaver ants live in large families in mango, orange, cocoa, coconut, cashew and many other trees.

Noshad Ali
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Founder & Managing Director
M.Sc (Hons) Horticulture & Member of PSHS (Pakistan Society Horticulture Science) and Working as Field Facilitator in CAB International

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