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Getting rid of ants!

This is a discussion on Getting rid of ants! within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Originally Posted by tradceci These are "weird" ants, not the typical reddish ants I have ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by tradceci View Post
    These are "weird" ants, not the typical reddish ants I have always seen in Puerto Rico. The ones I have are bigger, very black, and move like crazy all around when I move the pot. They seem "dumber" than the regular ants. I don't see a trail like I use to see with the regular ants. Maybe it's another type of pest. I've checked my plants and don't see signs of other problems. The medium is in good shape, no fungus there. I tried malathion and it worked. Thanks for all the replies. Kiwiorchids, what insecticide do you use?
    Its one that so far is only available-and legal in NZ. It hasnt made it to the world market yet, and is only fresh to the NZ market. I have been using it for a few years, as a test subject lol, but up until now, i have kept it low key! Remember though, the live fungus in the spray only attacks Mealy, Scale, Aphids, Thrips and Potato psyllid-it is designed as a "revolutionary" biological pest control for commercial crop farmers-and the best part is, i can eat the fungus and touch it without any side effects, not that ive tried it, im only taking the manufacturers word!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tradceci View Post
    These are "weird" ants, not the typical reddish ants I have always seen in Puerto Rico. The ones I have are bigger, very black, and move like crazy all around when I move the pot. They seem "dumber" than the regular ants. I don't see a trail like I use to see with the regular ants. Maybe it's another type of pest. I've checked my plants and don't see signs of other problems. The medium is in good shape, no fungus there. I tried malathion and it worked. Thanks for all the replies. Kiwiorchids, what insecticide do you use?
    These ants also sound like the average black soldier ants-yes, they are daft, but sometimes, that central hive mind that we call a queen can really put them to work!

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    We have issues with fire ants. They will move into a pot of anything at the first sign of rain. Besides infesting the pot they will eat you live. They aren't called fire ants for nothing.
    Another non-native pest introduced and now running rampant all over the state of Florida.

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    I think I'll try the coffee grounds. I'll let you know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cdayinflorida View Post
    We have issues with fire ants. They will move into a pot of anything at the first sign of rain. Besides infesting the pot they will eat you live. They aren't called fire ants for nothing.
    Another non-native pest introduced and now running rampant all over the state of Florida.
    Pythons, carnivourous fishies, spiders, and now ants! You guys get it hard

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    Carmen, make sure the coffee grounds don't suffocate the orchid roots. I give coffee grounds to other plants with soil, but haven't done so with orchids.

    Anyone else?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kiwiorchids View Post
    Pythons, carnivourous fishies, spiders, and now ants! You guys get it hard
    That's why the Floridians aren't too upset they never found the Fountain of Youth: Who would want to live forever with all that?

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    I use a liquid ant bait that you squirt on a piece of cardboard. They eat some and they carry some back to the colony - poof! Just must keep away from pets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by panam View Post
    That's why the Floridians aren't too upset they never found the Fountain of Youth: Who would want to live forever with all that?
    Patty...that was too funny

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    Glad the malathion worked on your ant problem. Be sure they didn't just move to another orchid pot. That sometimes happens here to us.

    cheers,
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