Ant colonies can appear just like that in the flower pots indoors. The ant invasion can easily be stopped if you know what these insects are looking for in the potted soil. Ants are always out to explore the territories where they will find food, water or place for a new shelter.
I faced with an ant invasion last year and all my flower pots looked like an anthill, but my friend recommended me the following tricks to get rid of them.
Clean the pot
The way you take care for your flowers it may prevent the appearance of ants in pots. Remove all fallen dry leaves from the pot because ants may hide under them.
Don’t use any homemade insecticide based on sugar or honey.
A pot invaded by ants has to be taken outdoors, otherwise you risk to invade the whole kitchen.
Purchase an insecticide and dilute it in a bucket with water, and then sink the flower pot in it.
Use insecticide plants
If you don’t want to fill your house with toxins or to suffocate your houseplants with chemical substances, you can use repellent plants such as mint. Ants hate the smell of mint and it will easily go away.
Prepare your own insecticides
- orange peel
- 300 ml of water
- spray bottle
Blend the orange peel and mix it with water. Pour the solution in the spray bottle and sprinkle this solution over the ants.
- Or you can mix 1 tablespoon of boric acid with 4 teaspoons of honey and 1 cup of water. Pour this mixture over the anthill in your pots, and they will go away.
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