Stinging Ants in Container Plants!!
I have a few container plants that need to be brought inside for overwintering, but I have a really big problem!
I noticed while moving a few of my containers that there are THOUSANDS of ants living in the potting soil. Not only are there tons of them, but they sting or bite and it's very painful, itchy and leaves a welt on your skin for over a week! They get all over my hands, wrists, and clothing and can even bite through the clothing!
I've tried flushing them out with heavy watering, but after a day they return back to the pot. I can't bring them indoors, and I'm afraid to repot because I don't want to keep getting bitten!
What can I do to get rid of them, without harming my plants, or myself, so that I can bring them indoors? I have a few weeks at least I'm sure of before temperatures harm these tender plants, so there would be time for some kind of treatment, if there is any available. Can anyone help??