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Fire Ants
An American In Turkiye

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.


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1 posted on 09/15/2004 7:31:58 AM PDT by An American in Turkiye
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To: An American in Turkiye

Flame thrower.


2 posted on 09/15/2004 7:32:45 AM PDT by coconutt2000
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To: An American in Turkiye

Spread the powder around but not on the mound......


3 posted on 09/15/2004 7:33:10 AM PDT by OXENinFLA
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To: An American in Turkiye

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&q=%22fire+ant+killer%22


4 posted on 09/15/2004 7:33:20 AM PDT by Constitution Day (Unfortunately, there's no "th" in Schadenfreude...)
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To: An American in Turkiye

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. :-)


5 posted on 09/15/2004 7:33:29 AM PDT by hiredhand
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To: An American in Turkiye
And if that doesn't work.........


6 posted on 09/15/2004 7:34:33 AM PDT by OXENinFLA
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To: An American in Turkiye

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.


7 posted on 09/15/2004 7:34:36 AM PDT by goodnesswins (VICTORY...........brings peace.)
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To: coconutt2000

Diesel fuel or JP4/5 takes care of those bad boys in Texas.


8 posted on 09/15/2004 7:34:54 AM PDT by RVN Airplane Driver (www.RealHeroesVoices.com....see the real John Kerry)
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To: An American in Turkiye
Take one clove of garlic, chop it up extra fine, and put it in a gallon container with a gallon of water and a tea bag. Let it sit for twelve hours.

Pour the entire contents on the mound.

Works every time for me.

9 posted on 09/15/2004 7:34:58 AM PDT by sinkspur ("Please send me all of your gold-trimmed lace right away"--Cardinal Fanfani)
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To: An American in Turkiye

Amdro


10 posted on 09/15/2004 7:35:12 AM PDT by hispanarepublicana (Miss Free Republic High School-1986)
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To: An American in Turkiye

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...


11 posted on 09/15/2004 7:35:15 AM PDT by 2banana (They want to die for Islam and we want to kill them)
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To: An American in Turkiye

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.

Good luck!


12 posted on 09/15/2004 7:35:20 AM PDT by mywholebodyisaweapon
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To: An American in Turkiye

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.


13 posted on 09/15/2004 7:35:59 AM PDT by TXBSAFH (Bandwidth is too good for these (L)users.)
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To: An American in Turkiye

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


14 posted on 09/15/2004 7:36:05 AM PDT by Vermonter
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15 posted on 09/15/2004 7:36:25 AM PDT by hispanarepublicana (Miss Free Republic High School-1986)
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To: An American in Turkiye

Nukes, big ones.


16 posted on 09/15/2004 7:36:37 AM PDT by Bikers4Bush (Flood waters rising, heading for more conservative ground. Vote for true conservatives!)
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To: An American in Turkiye

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.


17 posted on 09/15/2004 7:36:43 AM PDT by Sub-Driver (Unelect All NJ Politicians....)
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To: An American in Turkiye

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.


18 posted on 09/15/2004 7:36:49 AM PDT by HamiltonJay ("You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.")
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To: An American in Turkiye

Fuel air bomb, or maybe a MOAB.


19 posted on 09/15/2004 7:36:55 AM PDT by davetex
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To: An American in Turkiye
Amdro is the best product I've used for treating individual mounds.
20 posted on 09/15/2004 7:37:10 AM PDT by The_Victor
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To: hispanarepublicana

I agree. I've been using Amdro for years and it seems to work the best.


21 posted on 09/15/2004 7:37:45 AM PDT by ladtx ( "Remember your regiment and follow your officers." Captain Charles May, 2d Dragoons, 9 May 1846)
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To: TXBSAFH

That's a hell of a way to airate a lawn.


22 posted on 09/15/2004 7:38:07 AM PDT by Bikers4Bush (Flood waters rising, heading for more conservative ground. Vote for true conservatives!)
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To: TXBSAFH

Now that's funny, I don't care who you are.


23 posted on 09/15/2004 7:38:23 AM PDT by Constitution Day (Unfortunately, there's no "th" in Schadenfreude...)
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To: An American in Turkiye
I thought the groundhog living under my shed was cute. Then I moved a board in the shed and found a giant hole in the floor.

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.

24 posted on 09/15/2004 7:38:47 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: An American in Turkiye

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???


25 posted on 09/15/2004 7:38:51 AM PDT by soozla ("I used to think I was indecisive, but now I'm not too sure............"-John Kerry)
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To: An American in Turkiye

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.


26 posted on 09/15/2004 7:39:21 AM PDT by EEDUDE (Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.)
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27 posted on 09/15/2004 7:39:32 AM PDT by evets (God bless president George W. Bush)
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To: OXENinFLA

LoL. Boy they're nasty.


29 posted on 09/15/2004 7:39:48 AM PDT by nuconvert (Everyone has a photographic memory. Some don't have film.)
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To: An American in Turkiye

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.


30 posted on 09/15/2004 7:39:52 AM PDT by theDentist ("John Kerry changes positions more often than a Nevada prostitute.")
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To: Bikers4Bush

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.


31 posted on 09/15/2004 7:40:12 AM PDT by Sybeck1 (Kerry: how can we trust him with our money, if Teresa won't trust him with hers!)
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To: An American in Turkiye

Try putting a photograph of Shrillary by the ant hill.


32 posted on 09/15/2004 7:40:24 AM PDT by Michael Goldsberry (Which part of "Don't Mess With Texas" didn't you get?)
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To: An American in Turkiye

Terminex. I have to have the perimeter sprayed once a month.


33 posted on 09/15/2004 7:41:02 AM PDT by EggsAckley (.......John Kerry suffers from delusions of adequacy........)
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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.


34 posted on 09/15/2004 7:42:11 AM PDT by xtargeter
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Diazinon has been outlawed. Buy it NOW.


35 posted on 09/15/2004 7:42:30 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If You're Not A Part Of The Solution, There's Good Money To Be Made In Prolonging The Problem.)
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To: Sub-Driver

LoL. I don't know, that struck me as funny.


36 posted on 09/15/2004 7:42:47 AM PDT by nuconvert (Everyone has a photographic memory. Some don't have film.)
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To: An American in Turkiye

I poor my old motor oil on the mound.


37 posted on 09/15/2004 7:42:52 AM PDT by mlbford2 ("I knocked on the door of this man's soul, and found somebody home"--Zell Miller)
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When I was in Texas we tried lots of stuff, but the bottom line is that the ants will always migrate into your yard from next door.

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....

38 posted on 09/15/2004 7:43:09 AM PDT by r9etb
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FAH! All of these people with their chemical and nuclear weapons! Simply purchase one of these babies, and you'll never see a damn ant again. Or termite.


39 posted on 09/15/2004 7:43:55 AM PDT by Shryke (Never retreat. Never explain. Get it done and let them howl.)
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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.


40 posted on 09/15/2004 7:44:21 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If You're Not A Part Of The Solution, There's Good Money To Be Made In Prolonging The Problem.)
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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.


41 posted on 09/15/2004 7:44:43 AM PDT by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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I use Orthene exclusively. I used to use LOGIC(IGR)in tandem with Orthene until the EPA pulled it from the market (Myrex was the ultimate and the EPA pulled it in 1974). Orthene and an IGR worked in concert well against them. After a rain you will find numerous new mounds and you have to keep after them. One never gets rid of the fire ants, the best you can do is to just control them.
42 posted on 09/15/2004 7:44:45 AM PDT by vetvetdoug (In memory of T/Sgt. Secundino "Dean" Baldonado, Jarales, NM-KIA Bien Hoa AFB, RVN 1965)
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To: TXBSAFH

LoL.


44 posted on 09/15/2004 7:45:44 AM PDT by nuconvert (Everyone has a photographic memory. Some don't have film.)
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To: An American in Turkiye
Anyone have a tried and true way of killing fire ants?

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.

45 posted on 09/15/2004 7:45:50 AM PDT by asgardshill (By direct order, I LOVE ALAN KEYES!)
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GRITS!

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!

Cheers!


46 posted on 09/15/2004 7:46:02 AM PDT by SZonian (John Kerry aka: Befuddled: To confuse, perplexed by many conflicting situations or statements)
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To: nuconvert

Look on the bright side, you wouldn't have to mow that section of the yard for awhile.


47 posted on 09/15/2004 7:46:08 AM PDT by OXENinFLA
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There is only one way to kill fire ant colonies permanently and it's expensive.

Hire the entire ensemble of RIVERDANCE to do a 36 hour jig gig.

48 posted on 09/15/2004 7:47:02 AM PDT by CROSSHIGHWAYMAN (3 Purple Hearts? No blood? No Way!!)
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To: An American in Turkiye

Amdro. Little yellow pellets that they take into the nest. Commercially available. Works in Florida, so should work anywhere.


49 posted on 09/15/2004 7:47:12 AM PDT by Camachee (`)
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Diazinon, if you can still get it. It is possible that you can.

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.

50 posted on 09/15/2004 7:47:14 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Drug prohibition laws help fund terrorism.)
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