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Erin writes,

I have tiny black ants living in bonsai pots outside. No food involved, sweet or greasy, how do I kill them?

These ants are also living in the lawn. There are two sizes, one is less than an eighth of an inch, the other is even tinier. They are shiny solid black. The tiniest ones will crawl up onto the tops of my feet and bite. They actually have eggs in the soil of the plant pots. I have a few mealybugs here and there, and the occasional group of aphids, but otherwise, I cannot figure out why they want to be in the pots. I would love to find a drench where I could submerge the whole pot and get rid of them for good. Any help would be greatly appreciated, thank you.


You can use Talstar P to spray the plant and soil to get rid of these tiny pests. Since you know exactly where the ant colony is, you can treat it directly. Talstar P is a liquid concentrate that you mix with water and spray directly in the infested areas. You can use 1 oz of concentrate per gallon of water. Talstar can also be used to help eliminate ants in the yard and as a general insecticide to keep other nuisance pests out of your home

Answer last updated on: 08/09/2010

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