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Get Rid of the Ants in Your Containers

By Xeramtheum
May 9, 2013

A large part of my garden is in containers, so I am constantly battling ants that would like to take up residence. Here is how I get rid of them. When I find a pot crawling with ants, I sprinkle a little granular insecticide on the ground and a little on the surface of the soil in the pots, then water. Ants will vacate the premises in about 48 hours. I've also started sprinkling a little granular insecticide when I set out pots on the ground in the spring before the ants even have a chance to build a new home. It usually keeps the pots ant free for 2 months or so. This also works well for plants I keep in the greenhouse with saucers under them.

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Name: Jeri Nicholson
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jeri11
May 8, 2013 6:44 PM CST
So simple but makes so much sense!!! Thanks!!!
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May 8, 2013 7:08 PM CST
You're welcome!
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Name: Jeri Nicholson
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jeri11
May 8, 2013 8:39 PM CST
I do that around my a/c units. I've had a bad infestation attack my contact points. Cost me $150.00 and was hot for 3 days.
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May 9, 2013 4:42 AM CST
You have some mean ants Jeri!
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Name: Jeri Nicholson
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jeri11
May 9, 2013 5:38 AM CST
The South Louisiana variety!!! LOL!!!
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LariAnn
May 9, 2013 7:24 AM CST
Getting rid of ants around your plants is a good idea for other reasons, too. They will farm aphids, mealybugs and scales on your plants, moving them around and helping them multiply deliberately so the ants can get the sweet sticky exudate from the pests. A minor pest infestation can turn into a major problem with the ants doing this. I'm battling scales now because the ants are tending them and even moving scale babies from plant to plant to start new "farms".
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NEILMUIR1
May 9, 2013 12:00 PM CST
Try this stuff it works a treat! I know as we get an ant problem and this stuff last 6 months! Kill the problem at the nest.
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coconut
May 9, 2013 12:18 PM CST
Use CINNAMON!

I am SO SORRY that you are no afraid of insecticides, as if you aren't getting poisoned, also. I was exposed to household stuff, and now I have weird, unexplainable pain. Sometimes it feels like a needle is being pushed into the end of my toe. Sometimes it an unexpected stab of sharpest pain into my leg/hip joint while just walking along, I almost fall sometimes the pain is so sudden and great.

After World War Two, the chemical companies didn't know what to do with their huge stocks of nerve gas, the 'other side' had a lot, also. Some bright guy said, let's add a weakener and sell it for bug spray!

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CINNAMON, what you eat, gets rid of ants. Sprinkle thickly on the surface of the soil, or any surface. Within an hour or so, they will be gone.

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Xeramtheum
May 9, 2013 12:54 PM CST
I'm very judicious in my use of poisons in the garden. Most of the time I use diatomaceous earth for insect control but once the ants take up residents in the pots DE just doesn't work!
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coconut
May 9, 2013 1:27 PM CST
Try cinnamon, they hate it. Maybe it's poisonous to them
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May 10, 2013 7:25 PM CST
I like the idea that "a little" granular insecticide would do the trick. Last winter I tried using the ant bait dispensers that are designed to be pushed into the ground on a spike -- in my pots! I just kept moving them from pot to pot all winter long... never quite got rid of them, but at least kept their numbers controlled. Maybe in fall all the pots will get a little sprinkle of the granules and a good watering a couple days before they come in. Thanks!

I'll try the cinnamon, too. Smiling
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