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Need HELP before the FIRE ANTS take me away lol
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FamilyMommy    Posted 05-15-2002 at 05:53:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ok folks I have tryed EVERYTHING on the market
for fire ants and nothing we do gets rid of
them! I was so tired and frustrated at them
eating on my feet grrrrrrrr lol that I soaked
the fire ant hills with boiling water and I
know grosssssss but all I managed to do is leave
brown spots in my yard as believe it or not some
managed to escape ugggggg so ok folks let me hear all those great ways to get RID of them once and for all. HELP!

BB    Posted 05-15-2002 at 09:59:55       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Amdro is the best and least toxic I have found. Rather than try to treat each mound, broadcast 1 pound or more per acre twice a year. I use one of the small hand held spin cast broadcasters. If mounds show up later, then spot treat each mound with about a tablespoon of the stuff. You should not have many new mounds after the broadcasting.

TimC    Posted 05-15-2002 at 09:02:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
You might post the question on

He has a lot of home remedies. Things like lemon joy, most bugs are exo skeletons (spelling?)
the soap sofetens up their outside and they leave.
Tabasco sauce. Amonia. Murphy Oil Soap. All mix with water.

They are cheap and good for the soil.

DeadCarp-try gas.    Posted 05-15-2002 at 08:16:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
Splash a bit of gasoline down the hole. It'll kill a lot of them and the fumes stick around til the rest move on. Don't toss a match in there the next day tho, or you might have an ant-gun. If a splash of gas can push a car a mile, imagine how far it can push an ant. I'll never understand why the army doesn't splash gas down air vents on caves. Nobody dares strike a match and eventually nothing dares to breathe. :)

hay    Posted 05-15-2002 at 07:18:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
fire ants are indeed a tough mean pest. i have tried many, many chemicals over the past 30 years and hardly any effect. you might get a little kill for a while, but after rain they will be right back and even meaner. i have been using granular diazinon and powder ORTHO fire ant killer and i get fair results, but not complete control. lots of luck to you on this problem.

EIEIO    Posted 05-15-2002 at 06:21:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
Being allergic to red ant bites I have tried every "How To Kill Red Ant" suggestions, from citrus oil, to having to be a scientiest to mixing some "cures". Nothing worked. I wanted to do something that was safe for the children, pets, and environment but everything was also safe for the dreaded ants. I finally started to use Amdro and found it worked, it really worked. It is a chemical, sorry, but I was tired of having my legs blow up like tree trunks so a chemical I used. You can purchase it a Lowe's, Home Depot, etc. It takes a couple of tablespoons in the center of the hill and they are dead. Granted you have to check for other hills throughout the season and do it over again but it does work.

I am sure other people have found a safer method but I never did. I needed to kill those suckers and kill I did.


BillBK    Posted 05-16-2002 at 06:43:22       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I use instant grits,they take it down and feed it to all the ants,then the grits swell up and the ants explode!
Gasoline works great,but it's hard on your ground water and expensive iffin the EPA catches ya....
Fire ant nests are toooo deep for anything that you put on top of the ground to get the whole colony.

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