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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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cynda
May 11, 2013 9:08 AM CST
Have you tried Boraxo instead of insecticide?
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Xeramtheum
May 11, 2013 10:29 AM CST
Borax is just as poisonous as insecticide and there is a very VERY fine line as to how much you can use in the garden before you have irrevocably poisoned the ground. Borax, made out of Boron, a mineral that does not break down and dissipate with time and a salt of Boric Acid. Boron is a naturally occurring trace mineral. Using Borax is cumulative since it doesn't break down.
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orchidgal
May 11, 2013 9:10 PM CST
I wouldn't want to use any insecticide in pots; especially if you're growing veggies in them. I've found that just sprinkiling cinnamon around the pot and on the surface of the potting soil will discourage them very quickly. Cinnamon is used also as a natural antiseptic and orchid growers use it all the time to dip their cuttings in or shake over the roots when repotting. This is much safer than any insecticide;
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Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
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Xeramtheum
May 12, 2013 5:30 AM CST
I certainly wouldn't be using insecticides in pots if I grew veggies. I am VERY judicious in my use of insecticides. Diatomaceous Earth usually takes care of most things.
"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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