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How do I get rid of ants from my bonsai?
Last Updated: 03/11/2011
For minor cases, you can submerge the entire plant in a large bucket of water for about 20 minutes. Remember to fill the bucket first with water and then slowly set down the pot to the bottom. Afterward allow to drain and place in strong filtered sunlight. If you do not see any group of ants within 2-3 days then it did its job. Otherwise, please follow the next step.
For a serious case, we recommend to use insecticidal soap or malathion and spray as directed per bottle. If the problem still persists after this method then you should repot the plant with a new set of soil.
Overall, all it takes is one scout ant to find a soil source in your home such as a bonsai pot to get the rest to come there to make it into their new home. It would be best to place the plant in a location far from any source that might attract ants. For long term prevention, keep the bonsai soil moist at all times since arid conditions would attract bugs to use it as shelter.
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