Help! Ants have invaded my succulent pots!

Madison, AL

I have several succulent containers and ants have invaded one of my favorites. A whole army of ants! What is the best thing I can pour or sprinkle on that will not hurt this plant? TIA Bren

Calgary, AB(Zone 3a)

Would drenching them with water & spraying with RAID house & garden work?

Deep East Texas, TX(Zone 8a)

On the Cacti & Succulents forum, we were discussing getting plants ready to move in.

I use BATS Bayer Advanced Tree & Shrub which is a systemic insecticide. It is used in a reduced dose and works well for root mealies and other pesty bugs. I should think it would work with ants also. If you should chose to use this, the measurement is 1 or 2 Tbsp per gallon of water. Watered in when the plant is dry so it absorbs well. Hillbilly_Gran uses a granular form of imidicloporid which should work the same.

We have fireants here and if I have plants they want to take up residence in, I sprinkle a tad of ant poison on the ground under the pot to discourage them.

Anza, CA(Zone 8b)

I don't know if this is a viable long term solution for you, but can you set them up off the ground? I put the legs of the plant stands in deep trays and fill them with water. Ants won't be able to get to the container, then. Of course, if the container is too big, this isn't an option. Good luck!

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