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Getting rid of ants

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    Default Getting rid of ants

    Does anyone know of an easy, cheap (cos its gonnna get washed away) and preferably organic way to repel ants away from my shade house. They seem to be everywhere. The only casualties so far are my one mounted oncidium (equitant, i think), which the ants infested with mieliebug, and two small pots of annuals.

    The annuals migrated to the bin but the onc is fine at this time.

    The ants also seem to be attracted to my spikes and flowers.

    So, does anyone have a solution?

    Thanks.

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    Yes, ants do like spikes for there usually is a sugary secretion on them. For an organic method you can use DE (diatomaceous earth). It is a ground rock that is sedimentary and contains diatoms, which have razor sharp edges. This cuts the insect's body and they will die. It also works well for snails and slugs, fungus gnats, thrips, pill bugs and many others.

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    Good idea Ron. Never heard of that before. I've heard that ants don't like chalk. Like regular chalkboard chalk. Never tried it, but I've heard that if you take some chalk and draw a line or circle or whatever, ants won't cross it. Haven't ever had problems with ants so I've never really had the opportunity to test the theory.

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    I have always been an organic gardener so I have a few tricks up my sleeve from veggie gardening.

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    I read somewhere that you could spray a solution of dishwashing soap or hand soap with isopropyl alchohol. I tried a dilute solution of handsoap only and sprayed on the psedobulbs of my cattleya, and it seemed to work! No more ants!

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    I use a liquid bait (boric acid and sugar ) from a box store and dab it on the pot rim . It is sweet the ants eat it take it to their nest the others eat it and die . Not good if you have animals or kids that might like it . Gin

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    Thanks for all the help. It should help. I'll try and find the borax and sugar next time I go shopping Gin, and I'll try looking out of the diatomous earth next time at the nursery, Ron. I think even the parents will like it, cos we've been plagued by ants forever.

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    I actually use neem oil and it kills ants quite effectively. And since it is not a pesticide, the ants do not develop an immunity to it.

    I just spray it on wherever I see a bunch of ants. It smothers them and kills them in a few seconds. For larger infestations, you can mix neem oil in a 1 or 2 gallon sprayer and just go rambo inside the shadehouse.
    I also spray into the pots if I suspect the ants are setting up nests inside.

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