Q. Can you give us any guidance on controlling cut ants and reducing the damage they do?

A. Cut ants are difficult to control because they consume fungal growth that grows on the foliage that they collect. I have had some success making roadblocks with acephate, the ant killer used to control fire ants. If the cut ants walk through the acephate roadblock, it will kill the ants involved and motivates the cut ants to change their feeding area.

Calvin Finch is a retired horticulture agent in Bexar County. He writes for and works with a number of area media outlets.

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