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Thread: What can be used to kill carnivorous ants?

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    I've got these golden yellow ants all over my balcony and they are now nesting in more then one of my nep pots. Problem is, they are carnivorous and are not attracted to the sundews nor the pitchers.

    Is there anything I can do to wipe them out? I don't think they are harmful to the roots of my plants but I just have to eradicate them before another queen emerges and I have millions of carnivorous ants then carnivorous plants!

    Thanks!!
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    Pff, Me? I would keep them in my neps... But youre not me so I would recomend Putting Cinnomon oil around the Pot... this will starve them as they dont want to go past the barrier. Killing them. I dont know... Cause Im sure you dont want youre Neps being filled with ant poision.

    Any kind of 3-1 oil, And Something that makes the surface slippery would make it hard for the ants to get back in the pot... and not bring back food.

    So you know. thats just me though.

    Hope you get youre problem under way.

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    Poisoned bait might just do the trick. Poisoned food spreads through ant colonies like wild fire, right up to the queen. Once she's dead, it's just a matter of time.
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    Make sure to wash your hands VERY well after applying the cinnamon oil if you go that route. That stuff can be very problematic if it contacts certain areas on your body.

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    Yea the thing with poision, when the ants take it into the Colony, how do the neps react with the poision in the soil?

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    Ant baits don't work with them. At least the ones I've tried. These ants do not visit the baits at all. I've wiped out another species that go for the baits.
    Cindy

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    Cindy,
    I don't know what size your plants are or the size of the container they're in, but if it's feasible try submurging your plants in a bucket of water. This method works for fungus gnats and other pests that like to burrow in the soil. I don't know how long yellow ants can hold their breath(actually they don't have lungs but you get the point), but 10 minutes submurged should do the trick
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    How about the product called Provado?

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