Is this plant attracting ants? How do I get rid of them?


How do I get rid of the ants in this planter .they seem to be focused on this one plant.

q is this plant attracting ants how do i get rid of them
q is this plant attracting ants how do i get rid of them
  13 answers
  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Jul 15, 2021

    Sprinkle diatomaceous earth around. It won't hurt the plants and will get rid of the ants. Sevin granules will work as well.

  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on Jul 15, 2021

    I tried sprinkling cornmeal around all of it. Cornmeal will kill ants after they eat it and it won't hurt the plant at all. Perhaps watering more often and less too.

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    • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on Jul 15, 2021

      Hi Vikki! I am so jealous lol we're in the worst drought up here in northern MN and, weirdly enough, it caused a bizarre ant problem with everyone so I just assumed you were in our same boat. I so wish you could send some of that rain our way!

  • 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.

    • Sharon Campbell Sharon Campbell on Jul 24, 2021

      Too much vinegar will kill everything for quite awhile. Honest!

      get a container for a gallon of water, add tobacco. Any kind chew, cigar, cigarette butts, you get the idea. Soak some tobacco overnight to make a tobacco tea. Will kill any critter bug in your soil. Plants like it, does not harm anything! It’s the nicotine.

  • Robyn Garner Robyn Garner on Jul 15, 2021

    Flowers most often attract ants when they have aphids. Some species of ants actually "farm" aphids! Get rid of the aphids and the ants should leave. Here are methods of ridding your garden of aphids:

    Neem oil spray works well to clear up aphids, too. The oil coats the eggs and smothers them, and it does much the same to the adults. You can purchase Neem Oil in garden centers or online.

    An old-fashioned remedy for aphids is to dust plants with flour, as the flour will constipate the aphids and deter them from sticking around. Like diatomaceous earth, this needs to be repeated if it rains.

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    • Vikki Vikki on Jul 15, 2021

      I didn’t think the name oil would work as ants are not listed on the container,But I get it get rid of the aphids will get rid of the ants thank you

  • Sprinkle Jiffy Cornbread Muffin Mix on the soil.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Jul 15, 2021

    Sprinkle Jiffy corn meal mix along with equal parts of boric acid (dollar stores) away from the plants, the ants will be drawn to this and carry it back to the colony.

  • William William on Jul 15, 2021

    Cornmeal. Sprinkle it around the plants. Ants can't digest it.

  • Betsy Betsy on Jul 16, 2021

    Hi Vikki: Ants, like other bugs, love flowers and the nectar there in. This is what I used to get rid of my ant problem, it may work for you, too.

    Make a mix of 1/2 baking soda and 1/2 powdered sugar. Mix well and put around the spots they are in your garden, or inside your home, it's harmless to people and pets. For outside use, you can put it in a bottle, like a pill bottle or something like that. Cut a hole on the edge of the cap, and lay the bottle on it's side so the ants can come in and get the mix. This way, it stays dry if it should rain. They will take it back to the nest and it should kill them. I'd keep it out there all season if you can. The mix makes a gas and the ants can't pass gas, so it kills them. Anything else that eats it will just taste the baking soda and say "Yuck" and walk off. It won't hurt anything that can pass gas, so it's completely safe. It helps to know what type of ant you are trying to get rid of, too. Try this site, scrolling down to see the different types of ants and how to deal with them.

    You can check out this site, too:

    Or this one:

    Even though it debunks the baking soda theroy, it really worked for me.

    Good luck

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jul 17, 2021

    Hi there,

    Use Ant Powder - they will take it down and kill the nest.

  • Annie Annie on Jul 18, 2021

    Unfortunately, the best way to get rid of ants is poison. They carry it back to their nests...

  • Ann Jacobs Ann Jacobs on Jul 30, 2021

    Pour leftover coffee and coffe grounds on and around the plant. Ants hate coffee. It may not kill them but, it will make them go away.