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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.
Name: Anne
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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.
Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
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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.
"The Universe speaks in many languages, but only one voice. It speaks in the language of hope; It speaks in the language of trust; It speaks in the language of strength, and the language of compassion. It is the language of the heart and the language of the soul. But always, it is the same voice. It is the voice of our ancestors, speaking through us, And the voice of our inheritors, waiting to be born. It is the small, still voice that says: We are one. No matter the blood; No matter the skin; No matter the world; No matter the star; We are one. No matter the pain; No matter the darkness; No matter the loss; No matter the fear; We are one. Here, gathered together in common cause. we agree to recognize this singular truth, and this singular rule: That we must be kind to one another, because each voice enriches us and ennobles us, and each voice lost diminishes us. We are the voice of the Universe, the soul of creation, the fire that will light the way to a better future. We are one."

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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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