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Old 06-06-2008, 09:14 PM   #11
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Hi Anty,
Look to where the ants are going and place salt across their paths. If you find their nest give them a good drink of boiling water.

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Old 06-06-2008, 09:15 PM   #12
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So much for the thrill of "organic" lettuce.
In his case the only ones that will get the thrill of 'organic' lettuce if he doesn't do anything will be the ants...

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Old 06-06-2008, 10:36 PM   #13
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Hi, Jeekins. Try spraying them with insecticidal soap. It's an organic control. HTH.
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Old 06-06-2008, 10:50 PM   #14
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Ants are protein! Just nuke 'em first!

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Old 06-06-2008, 11:08 PM   #15
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We have LOTS of ant problems here and people swear by Borax....just sprinkle it in a circle around your plant...better google it first to see if there are any issues involving pets if you have some roaming around. I haven't used it myself.
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Old 06-07-2008, 03:09 PM   #16
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I often use plain old dish soap in my hose end sprayer as insecticide. Use something you wouldn't mind using to wash something you were going to eat (i.e., something rather pure, maybe Ivory).
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Old 06-07-2008, 08:48 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by archiduc
... If you find their nest give them a good drink of boiling water.
LOL - you never had an ant farm when you were a kid - did you?

Ants build the tunnels and chambers in their nests in a Y structure (like the trunk and branches on a tree) ... the chambers being at the top of the branches. What little air pressure there is keeps the water out. That prevents water from flooding the colony.

An "organic" trick I learned years ago was to pour a box of Cream of Rice or Cream of Wheat around the plant or the ant mount. I had a very large red ant mound that took 3 boxes ... but then they never came back.
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Old 06-10-2008, 07:28 AM   #18
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"Sayonara" to the lettuce. We laughed, and we cried. It was fun while it lasted. I hate bugs!
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Old 06-10-2008, 08:28 AM   #19
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Did you give up or did they eat it all?

Remind me next time when I think I'm being funny, to shut up.
And don't be nice.
I found your ants. Apparently musclun is also a tasty ant treat.

Not that there's anything wrong with that.....
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Old 06-10-2008, 08:29 AM   #20
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jeeks, i was thinking of your lettuce this past weekend.

did any of it bolt to seed in the heat? i think you planted all head lettuce, which is a liitle more resillient.

i had been taking in a full salad spinner's worth of loose leaf lettuces just about every other day for the past few weeks, but more than half of what was left bolted and became too bitter. especially the arrugula plants in the mix. (mesculun mix).a few romaine head in the mix are hanging in there.

i'll still get a few more salads out of it, from the seeds that germinated late.

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