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Hi, I'm Michael Piacenza with Advantage Pest Control. And I was given the question, "How to kill ants in a pot." Alright. Well, these potted plants are, sometimes they are the perfect haven for the ants. Alright. It's going to have probably the perfect moisture content because your, all your tender loving care of your plant, your keeping that moisture just right for the plant, it's going to be perfect for the ant as well. So, it's above ground, that they're not going to get flooded out and it's just perfect. Okay. So, now, how do you get rid of them? Alright. Well, there's a couple of ways you can go about it. Alright. You can put a little bit of dust around the pot and there's all kinds of dust. You can use some really toxic stuff or you can use really safe stuff. There's products from EcoSmart that are so safe, they're exempt from APA Regulations. Alright. So, there's some really good stuff; boric acids are always very good. Alright. Now, you can also go up into the pot and you can put some baits in there. Get them feeding at it. Alright. Find out what their feeding on, put little simple syrup in there; put a little bit of protein, see what it is they're going for and then, use the appropriate bait. Alright. And there's a lot of really really good baits out there on the market. Alright. If they're in a pot, they're usually going after the, the nectars from the plant, right? So, there's some honey dew-based plants; Gourmet is a really good one. So, you put a little bit of that gel there, let them feed on it. They take that back, they feed it to the larva. Then, you're going to kill off the larva, you're going to, just the next generation and the larva, most often is the food factory for the entire colony. Alright. They're feeding it to the larva; the larva pre-digest it and then, it's consumable by the queen and the workers. So, give it a few days and the whole problem is going to clear right up safely and naturally. Alright. I hope this answers your question. I'm Michael Piacenza with Advantage Pest Control, and you can learn more about us at Thank you.