Adeniums forum: I can't believe this...ANTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Name: Robert B
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RobertB
Jul 18, 2012 4:55 PM CST
Don't laugh!!!
That big adenium I'm so proud of... I decided this afternoon was the day to put it the pot... I'm working, its looking great, I'm so happy, then all of a sudden, ANTS!!! Come pouring out of the caudex and I'm not talking a few hundred but LOTS!!
They streamed out for a half hour before I grabbed my camera. The plant just so happened to be touching a canastel tree leaf and they ran up the adenium and on to the tree... I couldn't believe it! The photos are a little foggy cause I didn't wait long enough to get the camera acclimated from the AC inside. Confused Confused

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I sprayed a little Rose Garden bug spray around it is a very mild spray so hopefully they will move on .. Couldn't believe it Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Jonna
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extranjera
Jul 18, 2012 5:26 PM CST
It looks like they are carrying eggs, they were probably all moved in and thinking they could hollow out that caudex and make a nice home. Of course, they will bring their pet aphids along too.

Ugh! I hate ants, really hate them. We must have dozens of types of ants here and none of them are useful in my mind. The leaf cutters are the worst but the small red ones that bite are pretty bad. Good luck, I say kill them all.
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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Jul 18, 2012 6:20 PM CST
YIKES!!! I hope you got them!
Name: Melissa E. Keyes
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coconut
Jul 19, 2012 1:08 PM CST
I have found that cinnamon repels ants. They just disappear.
Name: Jonna
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extranjera
Jul 19, 2012 3:27 PM CST
Any kind of powder doesn't last in our rainy season. Plus, our ants are incredibly invasive and inventive. They live inside the walls and burrow behind rocks and in electrical channels. I have an exterminator come every 2 months but that just keeps them at bay, there is no getting rid of them. The leaf cutters I can put out bait and kill the colony, eventually another will move in from nearby. I'm convinced that ants, cockroaches and crab grass will inherit the earth.
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chefmike92
Jul 19, 2012 4:08 PM CST
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Name: Charleen
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Ridesredmule
Jul 19, 2012 5:37 PM CST
Wow!!! I hope they all left.....
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kareoke
Jul 20, 2012 6:01 AM CST
Sure glad we don't have that problem.
WOW we got eight tenths of rain yesturday, now if it would just do MORE.
Name: Robert B
Bradenton, Florida (Zone 9b)
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RobertB
Jul 20, 2012 3:33 PM CST
Kareoke...You can have some from me because I'm tired of the rainy season... I can't wait for it to get here then about 3 weeks in I've had enough!!!! Hilarious!

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Name: Michael Hicks
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chefmike92
Jul 20, 2012 4:14 PM CST
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kareoke
Jul 21, 2012 6:15 AM CST
Robert I will take it, that 8 tenth vanished imediately, never tell we got it, and nothing since, so maddening too, I was in Araura about an hour away yesterday and they had a nice rain, came home, NOTHING
Name: Charleen
Barnesville, Ga. Zone 7b-8 (Zone 8a)
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Ridesredmule
Jul 21, 2012 6:49 AM CST
The ants don't like cinnamon, I tried it on some ant hills close to house and one in flower pot. I see not activity...
Name: Robert B
Bradenton, Florida (Zone 9b)
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RobertB
Jul 21, 2012 7:03 AM CST
Funny thing it was covered in cinnamon from when I trimmed it. I didn't see any noticeable ant activity on my work bench table and not until I was working the mix around the roots did they charge out the "door" of their castle Hilarious!

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