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#1 User is offline   Neverend 

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Posted 15 June 2008 - 04:53 PM

I can't stand those tiny creatures anymore! After my orchids, now they've come to build a nest deep inside my pot of mint, and I don't know what safe methods I can use to kill them. Any suggestions?
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Posted 15 June 2008 - 09:01 PM

Hi Neverend,
I used to have the same ant problem, I used ant powder and the little beasts still came back!
I have them under control now with Neem oil and detergent mix, it is a very safe and effective solution. ^_^/>

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Posted 15 June 2008 - 09:14 PM

Keep an ant plant?
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Posted 15 June 2008 - 09:20 PM

View PostMiki, on Jun 15 2008, 09:01 PM, said:

Hi Neverend,
I used to have the same ant problem, I used ant powder and the little beasts still came back!
I have them under control now with Neem oil and detergent mix, it is a very safe and effective solution. ^_^/>


Ah I see, what is the mix ratio you use?

View PostNoobPlant, on Jun 15 2008, 09:14 PM, said:

Keep an ant plant?


Right... I need to get rid of them, not bring more in -_-/>
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Posted 15 June 2008 - 09:32 PM

View PostNeverend, on Jun 15 2008, 09:20 PM, said:

Ah I see, what is the mix ratio you use?


To 1 litre of water, mix 5ml detergent and 5-10 ml Neem oil. Shake vigorously and use in spray bottles.

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Posted 15 June 2008 - 09:32 PM

View PostNeverend, on Jun 15 2008, 04:53 PM, said:

I can't stand those tiny creatures anymore! After my orchids, now they've come to build a nest deep inside my pot of mint, and I don't know what safe methods I can use to kill them. Any suggestions?


Have you tried bamboo vinegar? Supposed to be some sorta insect repellant. DAISO has it. :)/>

http://www.tradekey....w/id/891526.htm

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Posted 17 June 2008 - 08:48 PM

View PostMiki, on Jun 15 2008, 09:32 PM, said:

To 1 litre of water, mix 5ml detergent and 5-10 ml Neem oil. Shake vigorously and use in spray bottles.


Thanks! I'll try when I can get my hands on Neem oil...

View PostHerb Lover, on Jun 15 2008, 09:32 PM, said:

Have you tried bamboo vinegar? Supposed to be some sorta insect repellant. DAISO has it. :)/>

http://www.tradekey....w/id/891526.htm

HL


Hey that looks good, but is it safe to apply directly on the plant and soil?
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Posted 17 June 2008 - 08:54 PM

View PostNeverend, on Jun 17 2008, 08:48 PM, said:

Thanks! I'll try when I can get my hands on Neem oil...



Hey that looks good, but is it safe to apply directly on the plant and soil?

I think you need to dilute it first. I usually spray on the sides of the pot to deter the pest from staying near the plants and that I spray directly without dilution..

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Posted 29 June 2008 - 11:57 PM

View PostHerb Lover, on Jun 17 2008, 08:54 PM, said:

I think you need to dilute it first. I usually spray on the sides of the pot to deter the pest from staying near the plants and that I spray directly without dilution..

HL


Hi,
May I know where can I buy the neem oil? Asked FEF at kovan but they said they dun sell.
MTIA!
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Posted 30 June 2008 - 02:06 AM

View Postbliss, on Jun 29 2008, 11:57 PM, said:

Hi,
May I know where can I buy the neem oil? Asked FEF at kovan but they said they dun sell.
MTIA!


hi bliss

AMK nursery sells it for $23+ and latest i saw last week is katong flower nursery at tanah merah MRT. they sell neem kernel oil at $8.90 from india. (500ml) but dun ask me why so big gap in price. amk nursery sh be easy for you to go. next to amk library. if you wan 2 try cheaper version, i sh be able get for you if you interested bcos thu or fri i usually around tat area. PM me la since we in same kampung...

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Posted 30 June 2008 - 08:17 AM

View Postmaggie, on Jun 30 2008, 02:06 AM, said:

hi bliss

AMK nursery sells it for $23+ and latest i saw last week is katong flower nursery at tanah merah MRT. they sell neem kernel oil at $8.90 from india. (500ml) but dun ask me why so big gap in price. amk nursery sh be easy for you to go. next to amk library. if you wan 2 try cheaper version, i sh be able get for you if you interested bcos thu or fri i usually around tat area. PM me la since we in same kampung...


does the offer for tis voluntary service extends to other members too? ^_^/> hehe
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Posted 30 June 2008 - 04:30 PM

The guy at Katong Flower Shop told me that the neem oil only works if combined with malathion. Don't dare to use malathion cos it sounds lethal and i'm concerned for my doggie. Anyone can confirm that neem is sufficient by itself? (Or maybe that's the reason for the price diff???)
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Posted 30 June 2008 - 09:57 PM

View Postmaggie, on Jun 30 2008, 02:06 AM, said:

hi bliss

AMK nursery sells it for $23+ and latest i saw last week is katong flower nursery at tanah merah MRT. they sell neem kernel oil at $8.90 from india. (500ml) but dun ask me why so big gap in price. amk nursery sh be easy for you to go. next to amk library. if you wan 2 try cheaper version, i sh be able get for you if you interested bcos thu or fri i usually around tat area. PM me la since we in same kampung...


Hi Maggie,

Thank you!!! :D/>
I think I will get it from AMK nursery then. The ants problem is getting worse...really hope tp get rid of them.
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Posted 30 June 2008 - 11:18 PM

View Postbliss, on Jun 30 2008, 09:57 PM, said:

Hi Maggie,

Thank you!!! :D/>
I think I will get it from AMK nursery then. The ants problem is getting worse...really hope tp get rid of them.


hi bliss
today went kovan and ask around for you...got this nursery selling golden colour neem oil at $6. sorry nv chk name but it is on right hand side of the very wide paved walkway leading to the main road. you aga aga know which one?
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Posted 30 June 2008 - 11:40 PM

View PostNeverend, on Jun 15 2008, 04:53 PM, said:

I can't stand those tiny creatures anymore! After my orchids, now they've come to build a nest deep inside my pot of mint, and I don't know what safe methods I can use to kill them. Any suggestions?



There is a most natural method to get rid of the ants:

You need the following:

1) a small bowl of salt
2) a small bowl of alcohol
3) a small stick
4) a small piece of stone

Then you line the above items up from 1) to 4)

It will not take too long and the first ant will approach.

a) It will see the salt and think it's sugar. It will hurry there and eat it :o/>
B)/> Pew, it will find out it's salt. Salt makes the ant thirsty and it will look around
c) It will see the alcohol and think it's water. It will hurry to the little bowl
d) It will drink the alcohol ... too late ... it becomes drunk
e) It will walk away :wacko:/>
f) As the ant is drunk now, it will fall over the stick
g) Head front, it will crush into the little stone and ... too sad, break it's neck :blink:/>
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Posted 30 June 2008 - 11:42 PM

View Postbliss, on Jun 30 2008, 09:57 PM, said:

Hi Maggie,

Thank you!!! :D/>
I think I will get it from AMK nursery then. The ants problem is getting worse...really hope tp get rid of them.


Was at AMK nursery this evening. They have both the $23+ and the $8.90 neem oil. According to the lady there, the difference is the grade. From the way she describe it, sound a bit like olive oil... the best being the extra virgin, and so on. $23+ is probably the equivalent of the extra virgin olive oil.

I bought the cheaper version :P/>
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Posted 30 June 2008 - 11:46 PM

alfussi

you in entertainment line is it? or your lifelong ambition is to be comedian? :P/> . you still hiding in closet to tell jokes? B)/>. but thanks for the bo-liao comments...it is actually fun reading your comments...
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Posted 30 June 2008 - 11:50 PM

View Postmaggie, on Jun 30 2008, 11:46 PM, said:

alfussi

you in entertainment line is it? or your lifelong ambition is to be comedian? :P/> . you still hiding in closet to tell jokes? B)/>. but thanks for the bo-liao comments...it is actually fun reading your comments...



Hi Maggie

I do sooo much work to detail this environmentally friendly way ... :(/>
Life is serious enough .... have some humor ;)/>

Greetings, Alfussi
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Posted 30 June 2008 - 11:55 PM

View PostAlFussi, on Jun 30 2008, 11:50 PM, said:

Hi Maggie

I do sooo much work to detail this environmentally friendly way ... :(/>
Life is serious enough .... have some humor ;)/>

Greetings, Alfussi


heehee...can we have part 2 of wat happens to the rest of the ants...did they follow blindly?
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Posted 01 July 2008 - 12:02 AM

View Postmaggie, on Jun 30 2008, 11:55 PM, said:

heehee...can we have part 2 of wat happens to the rest of the ants...did they follow blindly?



Yeah, Maggie, that's a good question :unsure:/>

One way could be:

- Put the little stone at the edge of a pitcher of a Nepenthes (Pitcher Plant of the CP growers). The alcohol will evaporate quite fast and the dead ants contain no further poison, so can be food for these carnevorous plants. Kind of "automated feeding system" :D/>

Of course, if you don't have Nepenthes, you have to clear them periodically :hysterical:/> :P/>
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