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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: Muhammad Kaleem
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kaleem
May 10, 2013 11:06 AM CST
My maximum plants are in containers and facing the same problem especially in summers. There are earthworms in the containers, if i sprinkle a little granular insecticide then these earth worm may die. How can I save these earthworms from insecticide because earthworms are helpful for plants.
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Xeramtheum
May 10, 2013 12:07 PM CST
If your plants can tolerate having their roots in extremely wet conditions for a few days, you can super saturate the soil with water - you'll have to do it probably twice a day for a few days, and they will leave. That's how I get rid of ants that have made a colony in a bag of potting soil .. I just water the heck out of the soil in the bag keep it super wet for a few days.
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Name: Melissa E. Keyes
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coconut
May 10, 2013 2:29 PM CST
The earthworms might drown, or crawl away.

Sprinkle a generous coat of cinnamon on top of the soil. Ants hate cinnamon, and it shouldn't harm the worms.
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Xeramtheum
May 10, 2013 4:47 PM CST
I use cinnamon for seedlings to help with damping off but it's too expensive to be sprinkling it on the ground in the quantities that would be needed to be effective.
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Name: Muhammad Kaleem
Islamabad, Pakistan (Zone 9b)
My Moher, My Honor.
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kaleem
May 11, 2013 1:46 AM CST
It will work. Thank you
Name: Melissa E. Keyes
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coconut
May 13, 2013 2:15 PM CST
I bought a one pound box of ground cinnamon for three dollars, not bad. A big discount grocery store. They had four pound boxes for $11... Just around the stems of plants will do.

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