ants in pots

Bracey Tiede
Tue, 24 Aug 2010 17:50:46 PDT
Wow!  We use exactly the same solution to ants in many places.  A line of it
just outside openings into the house keeps them out.  Birds also decimate
our sunflower leaves this time of year and a sprinkle of cinnamon keeps them
off the leaves.  Birds don't have receptors for capsaicin (hot pepper) so
this works better. 


-----Original Message-----
From: []
On Behalf Of Ina Crossley
Sent: Tuesday, August 24, 2010 5:36 PM
To: Pacific Bulb Society
Subject: [pbs] ants in pots

  There was recently some comments on ants in pots.  So when I found 
that the Dierama seedling which I am growing in a pot to give away, had 
ants, I tried my usual remedy for a lot of things, cinnamon.

Please don't make fun of this, but I put it on the top as they were 
excavating around the growth, as well as in the saucer where they were 
very happily doing their thing.  This was about 1 1/2 hour ago.

Have just been to look at it again and there is no ant in sight.  Others 
may want to try this.

I actually use the cinnamon on my Amarylids (Zephyranthes, Habranthus, 
Hippeastrums) for that red spotted virus and it works very well, 
particularly on the Zephs and Habs.  This is in the garden, I grow very 
little in pots.

Ina Crossley  Auckland New Zealand

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