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Kandahar

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Location : South Lismore-ish
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PostSubject: Ant Infestations   Ant Infestations EmptyMon Nov 12, 2012 12:38 pm

The other day I was relocating a few of my potted cacti and underneath one of my Ferocactus Rectispinis. Cannaple, i found ant eggs, and I'm talking almost a centremetre deep of ant eggs, so what is the best way to rid my potted ones of these annoying critters?
With my carnivorous plants I normally just submerge them in water for fifteen minutes or so and drown the bugs that live in the pot.....

Thanks in advance
~Kandahar
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Location : townsville qld
Registration date : 2012-11-12

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PostSubject: Re: Ant Infestations   Ant Infestations EmptyMon Nov 12, 2012 4:30 pm

I have dusted on my benches with a small amount of bagon powder, I too have had lots of problems!!
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Location : Sydney, NSW
Registration date : 2010-12-15

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PostSubject: Re: Ant Infestations   Ant Infestations EmptyMon Nov 12, 2012 6:15 pm

10 to 15 minutes in water won't hurt most cacti mate, I've drowned mealy infested plants for longer than that in a mix of water and soap without any harm.
Fair enough they have been bare rooted when I've drowned them but drowning a potted one shouldn't really be more harmful than a deep watering is.
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PostSubject: Re: Ant Infestations   Ant Infestations EmptyMon Nov 12, 2012 6:43 pm

Use any Insecticide that contains the active ingredient chlorpyrifos although it might be hard to get it used to be used to kill white ants but be careful it is very poisonous. I use it as a spray and it kills everything except spider mite but kills mealies and ants very well.
You can buy a ant and beetle killer from bunnings the active ingredient used to be clorpyrifos but they have change it. My local horticultural shop still sells they old type which is a granule and i mix this in with my potting mix when repotting and so far seems very good at keeping the root mealy away.
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Kandahar

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PostSubject: Re: Ant Infestations   Ant Infestations EmptyMon Nov 12, 2012 9:45 pm

I will submerge the pots tommorow or the next decent week weather wise, while I try and find the apropriate Insecticide, pests are a major issue here (I am even starting to build a cage type thing to stop damn possums) so I want to keep on top of all the creepy crawlys.

Many thanks!
~Kandahar
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