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Posted on 09/15/2004 7:31:58 AM PDT by An American in Turkiye
Anyone have a tried and true way of killing fire ants? I bought some white, nasty powder from Ortho and all it did was make the ants move their mound. After 5 attempts, I poured boiling water on them. Killed them all, along with a patch of my grass. Any suggestions would be welcomed.
Spread the powder around but not on the mound......
We used to live just N.W. of Montgomery AL. I always considered it an acceptable trade to lose a patch of grass in exchange for killing these suckers. :-)
I don't know about "fire" ants.....but I got rid of ants (little ones outside) by pouring sea salt on their trail&spots....in the morning they were gone....never to be seen again. I read that they take the salt back to the queen, AND that they eat it, bloat up and die. Good luck.
Diesel fuel or JP4/5 takes care of those bad boys in Texas.
Pour the entire contents on the mound.
Works every time for me.
Pour gasoline in the hole. Light on fire with a long, long stick. The gasoline vapors will expand through out the fire ant tunnels and explode when ignited and leave a big hole. It will kill the ants though...
No. I've been battling them for 20 years, with nothing working permanently.
Amdro can kill individual mounds, but I don't think it gets 100 percent of them.
I noticed, in Texas, that the tiny, black, "sugar ants" made a resurgence against fire ants if I just did nothing. Then, a "dusky" colored ant that moved fast and swarmed like fire ants, but did not bite, appeared. I theorized that sugar ants crossbred with fire ants, neutralizing them. But I suspect that it was just wishful thinking.
I use Spedtracide granuales, they take it right into the mound and feed it to the queen.
Just do not do what this idiot did a few yaers ago in my town. He poured gas on all th mounds in his yard, he used 5 gallons. These mound where connected underground with tunnels made by the ants. When this failed Darwin Award (he lived but with 3 degree burns on his ankles.) candidate lite the first mound they all exploded throwing his back yard in the air.
I used a product called Over 'n Out. It's guaranteed to kill them for a year. It's coming up on one year and has been very effective for me. Takes about a month to eliminate them, at first, but then they just don't survive. I'm starting to see an occasional small colony as the year is about to end
Nukes, big ones.
there's a type of corn meal that I believe is self rising. Pour a small amount on the mound - they'll take it below and then die.
There is a device that basically pumpes boiling water right into the mound.... that some exterminators have. Its the only way to guarantee to destroy the mound to my knowlege.
Fuel air bomb, or maybe a MOAB.
I agree. I've been using Amdro for years and it seems to work the best.
That's a hell of a way to airate a lawn.
Now that's funny, I don't care who you are.
The groundhog created holes under my shed, then the carpenter ants moved in and ate a whole section of the floor and the 2x4s holding them up.
Now, I have to catch the stupid groundhog, rip up the floor and replace it, and poison the carpenter ants.
Nature sucks ass.
There is some type of a granular chemical...I used it years ago on an anthill in my yard......the little buggers carry the granuals back to the nest and other ants eat it....it eliminates the entire ant colony that way.....but it wasn't powder, it was grains....Diazinon(sp?) maybe???
If you or someone you know smokes, save several hundred cigarette butts and mix them with 1 gallon of water.
Allow this to sit for several days and then pour this nasty stuff (without butts)directly into the hole(s). No kidding, this works.
Nicotine is still used as an insecticide but is quite dangerous to handle in pure form.
LoL. Boy they're nasty.
Call John Kerry. Tell him you have suffered a natural disaster. Being on the road, he will send Al Gore to address a crowd on your property. Al will stand on the mound, all the ants will crawl up his pants, and he will expell a fire-blazing speech blaming Bush for the problem.
Then he'll go away to sulk.
I heard to have white rice spread around the hill. Of course some bird's stomach might swell up also, but that is a risk worth taking.
Try putting a photograph of Shrillary by the ant hill.
Terminex. I have to have the perimeter sprayed once a month.
Kinda involved, and not sure it works totally, but you can make some money off it. When I lived in Austin many years ago, someone was going around, melting lead and pouring it into the holes. He would then carefully dig it up and sell it as art. Might not get rid of the mound, but it sure would make me feel good pouring it down the hole.
Diazinon has been outlawed. Buy it NOW.
LoL. I don't know, that struck me as funny.
I poor my old motor oil on the mound.
I found that the best thing was simply to kill the mounds as they appeared. Here's what I did. As I mowed the lawn, I would mark each mound as I saw it. Afterwards, I would put diazanon granules (or other ant killer) on the mounds, and wash the poison into the mound with a gentle hose.
Our yard was pretty ant-free....
Gas in the hole. That's what I use for yellow jackets. You don't have to light it. It permeates the nest. I usually pour playsand in after it. Moth Crystals work dandy to plug the hole.
Boiling water down the hole in the top of the mound. Kills the queen and the rest of the colony. May have to repeat regularly but at least it is nontoxic.
Yes. There's a commercial fire ant killer, sold at Wally World, called "Over and Out". The stuff works - I haven't seen a fire ant or even a mound in 2 months now.
Worked for me while in South Carolina. No amount of chemical interference ever worked until I tried the grits. They take it below, eat it and it swells them up till they burst.
Good luck! Now I have to go and exterminate some carpenter ants!
Look on the bright side, you wouldn't have to mow that section of the yard for awhile.
Hire the entire ensemble of RIVERDANCE to do a 36 hour jig gig.
Amdro. Little yellow pellets that they take into the nest. Commercially available. Works in Florida, so should work anywhere.
They quit manufacturing it a couple of years ago because of federal environmental regulations, but they were allowed to sell remaining inventory. The EPA doesn't want the peasants to have insecticides that actually work. When I lived in Houston I bought a couple of extra bags of it to make sure I had a lifetime supply, then I moved.
Fire ants suck.
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