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Ant infestation!!!

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    Some orchids beifit from the ant and can decline or not flower if the ants are gotten rid of. With my orchids which are outside all the time I don't worry about the ant I just try to control the other pest.

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    No, unless you see the other insects, such as aphids. They're just there for the sweets.

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    We get ants in our orchids very often. With the exception of them being a mess when trying to repot and going everywhere when watering, they don't seem to hurt anything. I try to flush them out and when I spray the orchids, I hit the pots with ants extra heavy. The ants usually move on to another pot or two. It seems hard to get rid of them here in Arkansas.

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    Technically ants themselves are not a problem (unless they bite you) but as others have stated, they can lead to secondary issues. So yes I consider them pests nonetheless

    My quick fix is to mix 1 teaspoon of liquid hand soap in 1 gallon water and use a pump sprayer to cover the entire plant and roots. I let the soap solution soak into the potting mix and spray some more.
    The soap kills most ants on contact and after several minutes I rinse the plant with plain water.

    Usually a second or third application of soap spray is needed since some of the ants are able to get into air pockets in the pot and survive the first treatment.

    After this, the ants usually leave the pot alone since they know better.

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    i don't get a lot of damage to the orchids, except sometimes they do kill off a flower bud by putting a ton of mealie bugs on it. they are wreaking havoc on my dragon fruit cactus though. they probably have not found the right strain of bugs to farm on my orchids yet. i hear people say the ants have messed up some cattleyas. they did get into my dendrobium kingianum flowers really badly with aphids.

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    Do you find that this works with other insects or just ants? I find all sorts of things coming out of the bark when I water.

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    Technically ants themselves are not a problem (unless they bite you) but as others have stated, they can lead to secondary issues. So yes I consider them pests nonetheless

    My quick fix is to mix 1 teaspoon of liquid hand soap in 1 gallon water and use a pump sprayer to cover the entire plant and roots. I let the soap solution soak into the potting mix and spray some more.
    The soap kills most ants on contact and after several minutes I rinse the plant with plain water.

    Usually a second or third application of soap spray is needed since some of the ants are able to get into air pockets in the pot and survive the first treatment.

    After this, the ants usually leave the pot alone since they know better.

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    The ants are still there, but I totally give up. They're impossible to get rid of. They don't seem to be hurting anything, they just like the dew off of the new growths of my plants. The only thing that'll send them away is a bit cool weather when fall rolls around. I'm certainly not repotting when everything's taking off and adjusting so well to the summer outside.

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    Well, because of optimal humidity within they can lay eggs in pots. Its a common problem, I'd take advice from Tamara and Jonada if I was in the same situation.

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    its the aphid the aphids they farm that rally are the problem... taiwan is an an enormous any pile and its pointless to fight them but the aphids tend to cause me not end of trouble with buds and new groth... kill em if you can!

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    I just found a whole highway of ants in our house. Happens at least once a year. I put out the Terro and within 2 days they are gone. They take it back to the nest and kill the whole colony.

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