How to Get Rid of Ants in Pots
- Place the plant container inside a bucket or tub.
- Make a solution using one or two tablespoons of insecticidal soap per quart of water.
- Fill the bucket or tub until the solution barely covers the surface of the potting soil.
- Let the plant soak for 20 minutes.
Secondly, are ants good for container plants?
The answer is simple. Ants are extremely smart insects and ALWAYS have a good motive for inhabiting your plants, pots or soil.
One may also ask, can ants live in houseplants?
Ants are a fairly common indoor pest, and keeping house plants can provide them with places to build nests inside. If you have potted plants, it’s possible for ants to form colonies near their roots, and this is a problem for your plant.
Are ants bad for plants?
Aside from their tendency to bite us, ants can cause other problems in the garden. Ants are fond of the sweet sap of host plants. A diligent group of ants chewing on a plant’s stem or trunk is capable of girdling and even killing a garden plant. In addition, ants will cultivate and protect other damaging garden pests.
Ants become a garden pest when they eat living plants–usually seedlings, weak, or dying plants–and cultivate colonies of insect pests such as aphids, scale, and mealybugs (these bugs excrete a sugary substance called honeydew which ants eat–ants will farm these insects to ensure their own food supply).
In fact, most species of ants aren’t interested in plant roots as food, but their presence is a sign that the soil is dry and low in humus, which is decaying plant material and other organic matter. Ants rarely destroy garden plants, though in turfgrass, they can build large anthills that kill patches of grass.