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Old 08-20-2013, 12:54 PM
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Thumbs downBlack Ants in Potted Outdoor Plants!


How do I get rid of them?? They are so bad they are getting in our home
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Old 08-20-2013, 01:08 PM
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Old 08-20-2013, 02:26 PM
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i had this problem awhile back and i ended out using wasp and hornet spray to saturate the soil as best as i could. sprayed from top and through the drain holes. it took a couple times doing it to get them completely gone, but it worked.
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Old 08-20-2013, 04:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Tess1893 View Post:
i had this problem awhile back and i ended out using wasp and hornet spray to saturate the soil as best as i could. sprayed from top and through the drain holes. it took a couple times doing it to get them completely gone, but it worked.
Won't this kill the plant!?
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Old 08-20-2013, 04:05 PM
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Sprinkle some granulated ant poison on the ground a little bit wider than the width of the pot and place the pot on top and sprinkle a little on the surface of the soil then water. You'll have to remove saucers if the pot has saucers .. it will take about 3 - 4 days before they vacate the pots .. I always put down granulated ant poison when I put pots on the ground .. it keeps them out and lasts for about 3 months.

If you don't like to use poison then do the same with diatomaceous earth and don't water. You'll need to replenish it every few days for a week or so.
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Old 08-20-2013, 04:44 PM
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Or use Borax. The laundry detergent. That is the main ingredient in some ant killers. That is what is in Terro.

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Old 08-20-2013, 08:41 PM
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You could just cut up a lemon and place a piece on the soil of each pot. It won't kill the ants, but it should make them go away.

If you know where they are entering your home (like maybe through the door) you can rub a piece of lemon along the door step and that may keep them out without poisoning anyone or anything.
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Old 08-21-2013, 12:40 AM
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you may have to totally soak and repot them in different soil...they ants may have made a nest in the bottom of the plants
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Old 08-21-2013, 06:38 AM
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Just putting the granular ant poison down then the pot on top of it always gets rid of them in my experience. Has worked for me for years.
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