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