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post #16 of 24 Old 12-18-2016, 01:18 PM
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Fire ants are a new problem for us. Never encountered them back in Mass. Amdro was recommended by neighbors. I bought some, but wife boiled water and poured it on the mounds. Haven't seen any since then. Oh, and I've used Home Defense back in Mass. and will try that next time.

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post #17 of 24 Old 06-06-2019, 08:34 PM
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Fire Ants will kill them off--guaranteed. Enjoy the red ants while you can!
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Well I got rid of the red ants, fire ants are still here, but to a lesser extent. My method isn't fit to post on the inter web.

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I use spectracide dry granules on fire ants, works great... cheaper than amdro. Don’t put it out if rain is in the forecast overnight. Early evening sprinkle small amt around mound, workers will carry it back to the queen. Mounds and ants will be gone in 24-48 hrs
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How about fighting fire with fire ?...

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I live in northern Florida and have fire ants year round. The primary infestation vector is the logging trucks passing by on a daily basis M-F to the sawmill a mile away. After numerous attempts with just about anything others have mentioned that have ALL failed, I tried a product called acephate. White powder that smells like hamburger in a baggie left for a week in the sun. Very horrible smelling stuff in even small amounts. Something you do not want to store in the house after opening. But it does work!!!

The acephate costs around $15 a pound and can be found most anywhere. I treat the new mounds each month with one half teaspoon sprinkled on top of the mound and within 24 hours the mound is completely dead. It's water soluble and doesn't harm the grass. The one pound generally lasts me around a year and treats about 400 mounds. I have tried the acephate granules and they do not work as effectively as the powder.
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I battled these joker's for a couple of years and then had an epiphany.... Fire ants are territorial and they fight to the death to protect the queen....

You need two (or as many people as fire ant mounds) people to complete this job. Take a heaping shovelful from each colony and deposit it onto the opposing colony. They will kill each other until the last ant is standing.
I do this once a year in the spring and I don't have them for the rest of the year. It's completely free and no harmful chemicals or flames involved.

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Try some Bifen IT. Do not mix any stronger that the directions. This is also good for other insects in and around your shops and house)

Also to keep them from returning start using some tick and ant granules on the yard. (per the instructions on the bag)

Bifen IT will wipe them out fast if it don't get washed away by rain. (and it lingers in the soil for long time if no gulley washer type rains.
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