How to Keep Ants Out of Vegetable Pots or Flower Pots

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Things You'll Need

  • Black or cayenne pepper

  • Spray bottle

  • Apple cider vinegar

  • Baby powder

  • Ant traps

There are several ways to prevent ants from getting into your flower and vegetable pots.

Ants are attracted to the sweet smell of your flowers and vegetables. Their invasion into your flower and vegetables pots is often a nuisance. There are a number of ways to get rid of the ants without pouring dangerous chemicals into your pots, especially your vegetable pots. Ants are repelled by common food seasonings and household products. You can also add some ant poison near your pots for extra enforcement.


Step 1

Sprinkle black or cayenne pepper in the flower or vegetable pot. Pepper agitates the ants senses and they will steer clear of both of these seasonings.

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Step 2

Fill a spray bottle with one-half apple cider vinegar and one-half water. Vinegar also agitates the ants sense of smell. Spray the mixture along the trail the ants are using to access the flower and vegetable pots several times a day until the ants have disappeared.

Step 3

Pour some baby powder on the ants. The ants will retreat to get away from the source of the powder.

Step 4

Place ant traps outside of the flower and vegetable pots. As an alternative to ant traps, you can sprinkle some black or cayenne pepper around the base of the pot.


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