Ants in grapefruit tree soil
I live in upstate NY and I have a small grapefruit tree (about 6 ft tall) that is in a pot. In the summer I bring it outdoors. In the winter I put it under grow lights and put the pot on a heating pad. This summer, I noticed the leaves getting lighter and curling and I thought maybe it was getting too much water. So I put my finger into the dirt to see how moist it was I and stirred up literally thousands of tiny ants. They are the problem obviously... I saw a post that said to put ant baits in the pot on top of the soil so I did. But then I read that the ants can take the bait into the soil and that can kill the tree.... I also read to soak the whole pot in a bigger pot with soapy water, for 20 minutes then try to rinse the soap out... Any suggestions? This was hard to grow up here! I don't want to lose it!