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Killing ants
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TnT    Posted 10-31-2004 at 06:01:14       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Some one recently suggested putting cornmeal on an ant mound to kill the ants. The idea is they eat it and can't digest it and swell up and die. Anyone have any thoughts or comments on this? I'm about to invest .86 for a two pound bag of cornmeal to experiment with. I live in Wichita Falls Texas and have both fire ants and little bitty wood eating ants.


RusselAZ    Posted 10-31-2004 at 11:28:52       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Get some Amdro instead. It's a granular stuff that the ants take down into the mound and it kills them there.

The little bitty black ones may love a product called Terro. If they are sugar ants they love it. They tank up on it and take it home also. It is basically karo syrup and borax but works.


Zenia    Posted 10-31-2004 at 08:19:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
Just yesterday I was reading about ants on the Garden Web. An entomologist there basically said you'd just be feeding the ants larvae. He said:

"Grits do not make ants explode. Adult ants can not consume solids, unless the solids are microscopic in size. Adults feed solids to their larvae which ingest the solds. Then the adults feed of liquid secretions from the larvae.

Many times people think the things they used on the ants worked, because they no longer see the ants, when in reality the ants just moved to another spot or are resting underground after eating all the grits and things the humans gave them."

http://forums2.gardenweb.com/forums/load/frugal/msg0617023830653.html


George in TX    Posted 10-31-2004 at 08:03:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well howdy neighbor! I'm outside of Bridgeport in Wise county, probably 75 miles south of Wichita Falls.

I've heard of using instant grits to kill fire ants but have never tried it myself. Never tried the cornmeal either but I'll bet the ants would love that stuff.

Be sure and tell us how the experiment went. I went all summer seeing no fire ant mounds, think the wet weather kept them underground. About three weeks ago they appeared everywhere all at once.

I kicked the top off this one a few days ago and got this pic. This mound was about 18 inches across.




Mike in tn    Posted 10-31-2004 at 07:19:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have never heard of this. Please post back and let us know if it works.
Mike


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