ants in my flower pots

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I recently bought some flower pots for indoors and I have an ant problem, they keep trying (most of the time succesfully) to move into one of the bigger pots. I've tried digging out some earth or pouring excesive water over it, and they do get disturbed for a day but then go on as usual, I had to shift the pot to the balcony to keep ants out of the house.

Any ideas of how to repel them without affecting the plant? I know almost nothing about gardening, I guess it shows.
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Sprinkle a little borax detergent around the perimeter of the pot - that will put a bad taste in their kisser!
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i sprinkle salt around the pot........
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I second Borax powder, should do the trick
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thanks! would borax kill the plant if it got in contact with it or the the water?
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I don't think a little borax would hurt the plant .... but I wouldn't dust the leaves with it or doust the earth above the feeder roots. Just put some around the pots where their access routes are. If you really want to be safe put some in a small plastic baggies - leaving one end slightly open - they'll get the scent and the message!!!
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if that doesn't work try tobacco. make a solution: tobacco in water. if the tobacco water doesnt kill it, nothing will.
but please, DO NOT put this solution directly on the plants. You have to lightly water the plant with it. Tobacco is no joke. You have to experiment with the solution to find out how potent (deadly) it is.
good luck. i take no responsibility for dead plants.
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thanks guys, will try. These ants have been very slow learners so far, they just don't get my repeated hints.
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icetea this thread is very useful - I have the same problem with a couple of the small beds where individual plants are in the garden - I think I will try the borax and if that doesn't work then the tobacco hint. Whenever I water these plants they swarm out in droves so obviously are building nests nearby.
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I have a whole house of ants. They live in just about every part of it.

The new house has a lot more wildlife: I just hope some of it eats ants!
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Here is a recipe for an "ant bait" that the ants will carry back to their nest: http://www.10news.com/lorensfieldnot...81/detail.html
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Every year around this time we get an intrusion of ants in our house. Lasts about a month. My MIL believes that Lord Ganesh is wanting some moduks and the ants will go away if I make some! Course, my husband wouldn't mind since he would get to eat it all. Heheheh, but then again I wonder if making sweets might attract MORE ants!

Icetea, make sure your plants don't have aphids or scale insects on them. These things secrete a sweet substance that ants like. Or maybe the ants simply like the cool, moist soil in the pot. One thing you can do is take your plant outside, thoroughly water it and then place it in a bucket of water. The water in the bucket should reach 1" from the rim of the pot. Place a stick so that the ants can escape from the pot to the ground without getting wet. Good luck!
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We have soooo many potted plants on the terrace, more than 200, and some have been converted into ants highrises it seems.

Actually, I can't be bothered. Live and let live, is my thinking.
If in hole
stop digging.

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Haldi (Turmeric powder) is a traditional non-lethal ant deterrant. It burns their little feet-sies and makes them stay away. Available at any Indian shop. and cheap!

Doubles as a natural antiseptic (really).
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Originally Posted by sirensongs View Post Haldi (Turmeric powder)
Doubles as a natural antiseptic (really).
I can swear by it
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