Get Rid of the Ants in Your Containers: ant repellants for food plants in containers

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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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hazelnut
May 11, 2013 8:05 AM CST
If you are growing food plants in containers you might want to use repellents that are less toxic than insecticide. Here are some other methods:

http://frugalliving.about.com/od/doityourself/tp/Get_Rid_of_.... I usually use diatomaceous earth or talc (baby powder) to keep the ants out of my cat's food.

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