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txcactus
Mansfield, TX

June 5, 2010
8:58 AM

Post #7860857

Hi All,
I have fire ants in a pots that holds my key lime tree. Can anyone tell me how to get rid of them without harming the lime tree?

Thanks!
gilraen
Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

June 5, 2010
12:15 PM

Post #7861287

Would the regular fire ant killer particles you get at the store harm your tree?
podster
Deep East Texas, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 5, 2010
5:41 PM

Post #7862042

I am sorry ~ that is tough. When it is an ornamental, I use ant poison. I pull the plant out of the pot and place the poison in the bottom of the container, repotting the plant. To discourage them from moving in, I sprinkle the ant bait under the pot.

Seeing as this is edible I would want to be more organic. I've not used it but heard of using something called mound drench that is supposed to be organic.
Krispi
Canyon Lake, TX
(Zone 9b)

July 12, 2010
8:09 AM

Post #7962304

Hey , put cornmeal all over the dirt, they will take it back to the mound and when they eat it, it kills them. They can not digest the meal. That reminds me, I need to do the same here again. Thanks, Krispi

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