How can I get the darn fire ants out of my containers? They are nesting there. I don't want to use chemicals in my veggie pots.
Search on gardenweb, there have been many previous threads on this. How big are these pots? What I've done in the past that seemed to have worked is to raise the pot significantly off the ground, and then submerge it completely in water for an hour or so. Add some hydrogen peroxide to minimize anoxia for the roots.
If you can't move the pot, then watering it continuously with a forceful stream of water for as long as possible, using soapy water (insecticidal or castile soap is preferred)as a drench, and/or using a hot pepper tea drench. Don't use orange oil in a pot, as it it will possibly kill your plant.