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How to get rid of fire ants.

Elleryqueen 2014/02/11 20:37:27

HOW TO GET RID OF FIRE ANTS
Fire Ants
Fire Ants are moving north every year.
They continue to build ant hills
and divide and move on.
If you have ever been bitten by them,
you will never forget their bite.
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How to get rid of fire ants

Go to Home Depot,
buy a case of black spray paint.

Go home and stir
the ant mound real good.
Use 1 can black spray paint
on each mound.
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Once the ants realize
they are black,
they quit working
and the mound dies.
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  • FeedFwd ~POTL 2014/02/12 18:32:57
    FeedFwd ~POTL
    +1
    There are a number of means you can help rid yourself of them. You can pour boiling water on their mound. It will kill the grass, but the grass will grow back. It will be a race to see which comes back first, the ants or the grass. You can take a shovel full of mound from two different mounds and dump them on the other mound. The ants are very territorial and know who belongs and who doesn't. They will kill each other off. May or may not be effective and requires shoveling up your yard, but if you have a few large mounds, this can be a good approach.

    Boric Acid (Roach Prufe) and diatomaceous earth (DE) can help control any insects by damaging their exoskeleton. These are both powders and boric acid is also a toxin to the ants. These can also control fleas to a lesser extent. You probably don't want either all over your yard and typically boric acid is put down where roaches or other pests are known to go, but which is out of the way of people and pets. You may be able to enhance its ability to kill the ants by mixing it with some kind of bait like corn grits. There is some debate on whether either is harmful to people, pets, or plants, but once put down, they don't really go away, so they can accumulate.

    There are also baits, typically corn grits laced with ho...





    There are a number of means you can help rid yourself of them. You can pour boiling water on their mound. It will kill the grass, but the grass will grow back. It will be a race to see which comes back first, the ants or the grass. You can take a shovel full of mound from two different mounds and dump them on the other mound. The ants are very territorial and know who belongs and who doesn't. They will kill each other off. May or may not be effective and requires shoveling up your yard, but if you have a few large mounds, this can be a good approach.

    Boric Acid (Roach Prufe) and diatomaceous earth (DE) can help control any insects by damaging their exoskeleton. These are both powders and boric acid is also a toxin to the ants. These can also control fleas to a lesser extent. You probably don't want either all over your yard and typically boric acid is put down where roaches or other pests are known to go, but which is out of the way of people and pets. You may be able to enhance its ability to kill the ants by mixing it with some kind of bait like corn grits. There is some debate on whether either is harmful to people, pets, or plants, but once put down, they don't really go away, so they can accumulate.

    There are also baits, typically corn grits laced with hormones that alter the development of the ants. Amado was the original. These don't provide a quick kill, but work over time. I have seen and experienced some undesired consequences of these pesticides, including the evolution of colonies with multiple co-existing queens. That would seem to be counterproductive. There is also the concern that putting bait down may draw ants from your neighbors yard to yours.

    Finally, there are a number of poisons that are sold for fire ant control. I prefer to avoid poison in my yard and gardens, but sometimes it may be the only solution. The problem with poison is that it remains for a while and generally is capable of harming everything in your yard including kids, pets, and good insects. But if you don't kill all the ants, they will just move to another spot, like your neighbor's yard. Then when he puts down poison, they will move back into your yard in a different location.

    Fire ants are prodigious tunnelers and underground workers. They migrate under roads as much as over them. Whatever you decide to do, it will be much more effective if you work with the people around you and get everybody to do the same thing a the same time.

    Also realize, that if you have fire ants, you probably don't have fleas. Fire ants seem to have an affinity for flea eggs and can be a pretty good control for fleas. You may have to decide which is worse. When I moved to Austin, fire ants weren't here yet, but I was familiar with them from living in New Orleans and south Louisiana. When they migrated over, nobody was prepared. A few years ago my neighborhood decided to make a concerted effort to rid themselves of fire ants and did a neighborhood wide approach. Before, fleas were practically non-existent. Afterward, fleas became prolific. Squirrels and free ranging cats are the biggest contributors to the spread of fleas, but with 3 dogs in the back yard, we have to really be diligent. Still, fleas are not as insufferable as fire ants, IMHO.
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  • Elleryq... FeedFwd... 2014/02/12 19:09:11
    Elleryqueen
    +1
    Thanks for the info.
  • wildcat 2014/02/12 00:43:09
    wildcat
    Racist much?
  • Elleryq... wildcat 2014/02/12 17:08:27
    Elleryqueen
    Where the shoe fits.
  • future blk 2014/02/11 22:22:35
    future blk
    +1
    rice grains dry rice and crushed cajun peppers crushed dried cajun peppers
  • Elleryq... future blk 2014/02/12 17:10:01
    Elleryqueen
    +1
    Don't know about fire ants, but on other ants I use sugar mixed with uncooked grits. Ants carry back to mound and heat of body expands the grits so they explode.
  • Sheila Elleryq... 2014/02/12 17:41:05
    Sheila
    Sugar and baking soda works too.
  • holly go lightly 2014/02/11 21:03:00 (edited)
    holly go lightly
    +2
    Pour Borax on or into their nest . It will destroy their exoskeleton and kill them dead.Not to mention the larva.You could also use a product called DE.or any kind of very finely ground powder but the ones I mentioned are uber cheap.

    Also The first two products I mention are the real deal when it comes to keeping fleas off your pets.Just take care to keep the dust out of their faces. It will cause choking.
  • Sheila 2014/02/11 20:53:32
    Sheila
    +4
    Have you seen this? I WANT ONE!!!
  • Kurt Sheila 2014/02/11 20:55:56
    Kurt
    +2
    Yeah after seeing the video the first time, I couldn't believe how much they dug into the ground for their nest.
  • Sheila Kurt 2014/02/11 21:20:40
    Sheila
    +1
    Me too!
    But I should have known that they would dig in as close to hell as possible!
    They are trying to get home!!!
  • holly g... Sheila 2014/02/11 21:04:52 (edited)
    holly go lightly
    +1
    OMG! I'd love to see that when it cools .
    That was really very cool.
  • Sheila holly g... 2014/02/11 21:19:25
    Sheila
    +3
    Right?? So cool and every one is different!!
    http://www.anthillart.com/
    anthill art anthill art
  • holly g... Sheila 2014/02/11 22:01:58
    holly go lightly
    +1
    T.Y.Sheila. That process is just brilliant.That destroys the entire colony ,what more could you ask?
    LOL! If you end up with one you could very well have a new career hatching cause everyone wants to kill some ants.
  • FeedFwd... Sheila 2014/02/12 18:34:45
    FeedFwd ~POTL
    My brother posted it on FB a while back. It is impressive.
  • featherwood 2014/02/11 20:51:11
    featherwood
    +1
    Lmao! You better take cover.....INCOMING!!!!

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