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Posted 2M ago by @PrimoGhostplant

Ant infestation

All my plants are outside for Feline Pest reasons, and I’ve never had an issue with ants. Gnats, mosquitos, flies? Yes. Ants? No. But this morning when I went to water Phil, he was infested. And I mean, I picked up the pot and ants were piled up under the pot & falling out through the drainage hole. I’m trying to figure out if there’s a natural ant repellant for this guy, and just the patio in general because my cat does follow me out there and roll around. Suggestions?
8” pot with drainage
Last watered 1 day ago
Hey @PrimoGhostplant if you mix a couple teaspoons of dawn dish soap into a gallon of water and use that to flood out the pot, this should get rid of them without harming Phil. Alternatively, you could repot the plant with new soil, or add diatomaceous earth to the soil, or use cinnamon around the soil and pot's base as a more natural solution. I hope this helps!
What about diatomaceous earth on the top of the soil? It’s supposed to help with crawling bugs. Good luck!
Baby powder and cinnamon around your plants works too. They don’t like it on the exo skeleton, it’s too gritty. Borax mixed with DE in water and sprayed around works too
@EmoryRhodes oh this is a good idea, I think I’ll give this a shot. I tried just pouring regular water through and it flushed some out, but I went back just now and they are still there
@PrimoGhostplant Ugh! Ants! 🀒 They’ve always freaked me out! Especially the flying ones. Yuck! 🀒I’m glad you’ve gotten lots of good tips on how to deal with these guys! What will we do when all these gazillions of cicadas come up?? 🀒😬
@SunnyPlants FLYING ANTS?! Absolutely not. Catch me never leaving my house again.
@PrimoGhostplant Ikr? πŸ˜‚Seriously shudder! Oh, lovely childhood memories of the flying ants! πŸ˜‚ I laugh now, but not then! 🀒
@SunnyPlants respectfully, I want them all to die 🀣
@PrimoGhostplant Oh, yeah, I hear you on that! I once accidentally stepped on an ant hill of red ants! They call them fire ants for A REASON!! The bit the heck out of my leg and it literally felt like straight up πŸ”₯ πŸ”₯ πŸ”₯! So, sorry, not sorry ants! I took a can of raid out there and sprayed them all! πŸ˜‚
@SunnyPlants that is WILD! I’ve never been bitten by fire ants but, when I moved my apt got an ant problem and I saw these jumbo jet sized ants crawling in my bathroom it was wild. I was able to deter them with Irish Springs soap, apparently they don’t like the smell. But I can’t imagine fire ants. Sent them all on fire
@PrimoGhostplant OmG! Giant ants! 🀒🀒🀒🀒