Ants in containers
I have potted dwarf citrus.
Some in 5-1-1 and some in off the shelf mix which is "similar" to 5-1-1. i.e. Heavy in bark. Relatively free draining.
My problem is that a number of my plants, when I repot them or simply have a look at the rootball due to the tree not performing that well I find the soil particularly around the bottom of the rootball is riddled with ants.
Hundreds of ants carrying around eggs and white larvae type things.
It seems to be worse in the 5-1-1 mixture but certainly not only the 5-1-1.
Are there any suggestions to help me get rid of them?
It certainly appears in my short experience that any plant who is riddled with ants through the rootball and container soil is not doing well and root development seems minimal.
Any help appreciated.