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Ants in Heliconia Need advice on how to prevent ants from nesting my heliconia

#1 User is offline   cym. ensifolium 

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Posted 18 April 2014 - 01:01 PM

Hi People,

I have several pots of heliconia and they turn out to be magnets for ants!

I have destroyed countless ants' nests in my heliconia, to the point that I had to dead head the plants.

Are there any definite ways of preventing ants from nesting in the leaf folds of heliconia? the ants even nest in the old fronds of my palms!

Help!

Eugene
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Posted 18 April 2014 - 08:18 PM

Heliconia got a lot of nectar le.
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Posted 18 April 2014 - 08:31 PM

Mine are also ant-attractors. I was wondering why too. I went to google heliconias and ants - it seems the exudes heliconias and their flowers attract ants (and some other insects) naturally. Hmmm....
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Posted 12 June 2014 - 04:25 PM

View Postcym. ensifolium, on 18 April 2014 - 01:01 PM, said:

Hi People,

I have several pots of heliconia and they turn out to be magnets for ants!

I have destroyed countless ants' nests in my heliconia, to the point that I had to dead head the plants.

Are there any definite ways of preventing ants from nesting in the leaf folds of heliconia? the ants even nest in the old fronds of my palms!

Help!

Eugene



Maybe you can try anti-ants chalk, I have tried it for my indoor pots, it works.
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Posted 20 June 2014 - 09:40 AM

View PostSafeWater, on 12 June 2014 - 04:25 PM, said:

Maybe you can try anti-ants chalk, I have tried it for my indoor pots, it works.


You can disrupt any insect activity by fermenting GARLIC

1. Grab 200 Grams of garlic
2. Place in tough plastic bag and smash them down with a cleave
3. Pour 1 flat teaspoon of MOLASSES into the plastic bag
4. MIX the 2 components neatly
5. Gently press out the air
6. Tie up the plastic bag by using 2 knots at 2 different places
7. Insert into ANOTEHER plastic bag and tie up again

It should ferment in 1-2 months
8. After fermentation you can smell the kimchi like smell very
vinegarnish kind of smell.. this is good

9. Place some garlic in a food processor and add BOTTLED WATER
10. Spin until the garlic is fully distributed
11. SIEVE out the garlic with a hankerchief or coconut milk strainer
12. You now have potent Garlic extract which you keep in the fridge


13. By simply adding 1 tablespoon to normal water and a drop of soap
spraying this will CHASE away any insect.. It will not kill but
repel.

If you add this concoction to EM (effective microbe liquid) the
repelling power is dramatically increased..

This is like making something called EM5 insect repellent

** The PH of Molasses is VERY LOW ** By adding too much the PH of the smashed
garlic can drop to below 5.0 and then you get incomplete fermentation.
Fermentation is COMPLETE when the PH is around 3.5 , this is normally
called "LACTIC ACID" fermentation because it is done by the bacteria Lactobacillus
**

This post has been edited by Seasol Products: 20 June 2014 - 09:48 AM

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