How to kill ants in plants?

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  • Janice Janice on Jul 15, 2021

    Hi Connie, strange as it may seem, scatter a bit odry f Jiffy Cornbread Muffin Mix onto the surface of the soil on you plant. Within about 3 days the ants will be gone!

    Following is a a quote from a previous Hometalk post......

    " It is non toxic to humans and pets but the corn meal is deadly to ants. There is some sugar in the mix and that will attract the ants, they will carry it back to the colony. Ants cannot digest corn meal so it kills them"

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Jul 15, 2021

    You could also add boric acid (dollar tree) to the Jiffy corn muffin mix. Equal amounts. Place this outside of the plants, it will draw the ants and they will take it back to the colony.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Jul 15, 2021

    Hello. This link might be helpful to find a solution


    https://www.gardeningchores.com/ants-in-potted-plants/

  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on Jul 15, 2021

    Agreed on the cornbread! Ants cant digest it but they will eat it right up and it won't hurt your plants at all.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Jul 15, 2021

    Sevin granules or diatomaceous earth will take care of them.

  • I've heard the cornbread trick too! Never tried it, but many say it works!

  • Mogie Mogie on Jul 15, 2021

    1. Easiest and effective way is to mix two tea spoons of liquid dishwater or any sopy liquid to pint of warm water (If you add 2 teaspoons of pepermint oil to solution that will be super effective) and sprinkle this solution in night, wash with fresh water in the morning to remove the soapy solution that you applied in night.
    2. Natural way to remove ants from plants is to use lemon juice, lemon juice is citrus solution which ants don’t like , cut down and squeeze the lemon ring in the cup and sprinkle it on plants.
    3. If there are more number of ants, you can prepare the solution with citrus solution with a pint of warm water and sprinkle to plant to get rid of ants.
    4. You can also use species method to get rid of ants from the potted plant. In this method you can use cinnamon, cloves, chilli powder, coffee grounds, or dried mint tea leaves that can be spreaded over the base of the plant leaves to deter ants.
    5. You can also use oranges for getting citurus juice and make good quantity of solution to get rid of ants in leaves plant.
    6. If you didn’t get lemon or oranges you can also vinegar to prepare solution and sprinkle to plant.
    7. You can also use boiling/cold water to base of the plant to get rid of ants from potted plants (but this may affect the plant).
    8. You can also keep artificial sweetners near outside of the plant so that ants will be attracted there and you can get rid of them from potted plant.
    9. To kill the ants instantly you can use baking soda and powdered sugar spread across the soil. This will cause damage to ants digestive system and it will get killed.
    10. Mix 1 tea spoon of soapy liquid, one tea spoon of cooking oil to a pint of water and sprinkle the plant to get rid of ants from plant.


  • Dee Dee on Jul 15, 2021

    I spray mine with Dawn Platinum and water, Ants do not like soapy water.

  • Betsy Betsy on Jul 15, 2021

    Hi Connie: I'd take the plant outside and remove the dirt and change it out for fresh soil. Your plant will probably appreciate it. And, check this site for some help:


    https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/hpgen/ants-in-houseplants.htm


    https://www.wikihow.com/Remove-Ants-from-Potted-Plants


    Good luck

  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Jul 16, 2021

    Hi Connie, here's a great video that will show you how to get rid of the ants - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nP9nvtXL624

  • Annie Annie on Jul 19, 2021

    Unfortunately, the best way to kill ants is with poison.....