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    death to ants

    On the deck of my apartment I have managed a pretty sucessfull little deck garden for the last few years. Everything is in pots. Trouble is, this year one of the pots seems to be infested with ants and I am concerned there is a colony in there.
    Is there a way to kill the ants without killing the plants, or am I best off just dumping the pot and starting anew?
    I would prefer somthing organic or similar...

    anyone?

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    I think there was a thread somewhere about killing ants.

    Diatomaceous earth - all natural bug killer.
    Cayenne pepper - never tried it, but I've heard that it works.
    Anything from the Greenfeet store:
    http://store.greenfeet.com/items.asp?Cc=OUTDOOR%5FPESTS


    here it is...
    http://www.getcrafty.com/viewtopic.p...&highlight=ant

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    Cool thanks, these look like indoor treatments, but I think I will do a little experimenting with the ideas suggested. :)

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    I use diatomaceous earth outside in the yard. It works great. And that link to the Greenfeet website is for their outdoor pest control products, although some of it might be used for indoor as well.
    Good luck!

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    I got some orange organic pet safe insect killer that worked pretty well for the ants at our old place.

    Can you poke a stick around in the dirt and disrupt the soil a bit? Or would that damage the plants in there? If you do that, then water it really well, it might be enough to discourage the nesting.

    If you have a deep saucer underneath the pot, you can soak it really well with water and then put a stick on the pot leading to a railing. Water it really well, and then all the ants will evacuate via the stick. I did this with a plant from work, and it worked pretty well.


 

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