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Old 03-23-2012, 09:23 AM
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what is the best way to kill 'em?
i tried the fire ant killer from lowes, andro i think. poured it on the mound and all that happened was they moved the mound.
an old timer told me to dump raw grits on the mound, ants would eat them and swell up and burst, didn't happen.
another guy said to put apple slices on the mound and the acid in the apples would kill them when they ate it. nope, didn't work either!
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Old 03-23-2012, 09:27 AM
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http://www.thehulltruth.com/dockside...o-control.html

EDIT: Read that the main use for Bifenthrin is to deal with fire ants
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Frustrating, yes, but stay with the Andro. They take it down into the nest and eat it and it kills the colony. You may not get them all immediately and they may resurface, but the Andro does do the job if given some time. I've used it here in AZ for both fire ants and the little damned black biter ants. DEATH TO ANTS!!

Of course, that may not be a good thing. I've heard that if you've got ant colonies, you won't get any termites and killing the ants opens the door for the termites to move in. Go figure. (Don't know how true it is, just heard that from my son-in-law that does pest control and surprisingly enough, looks exactly like John Goodman in the movie Aracnophobia! )
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depends on what your end game is
if you just want to eliminate individual mounds, there are dozens of ways to do that, boiling water being the easiest & cheapest way

if you want to TEMPORARILY reclaim your yard, talstar is what you want

http://www.pestop.com/content/talstar-pl
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Old 03-23-2012, 09:38 AM
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fire ants are territorial. If you get a shovel-full from one mound and place on top of another mound,( and vice versa) the will kill each other off! Or, do what my BIL did and drop a cherry bomb in the mound!!! (just don't stand too close!).
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We use Over and Out, put it out in the spring and no fire ants all year.
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I spay Bifen IT and never see an ant. I spray 3-4 times a year and it covers Mosquitoes, ants, termites, roaches...just about everything.

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Originally Posted by tprice View Post
We use Over and Out, put it out in the spring and no fire ants all year.
That is what I have been using with good results. I am going to try the Bifen this year for the additional bug control and try to skip the Over and out.
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The mound killer does work but you have to spread it around the outside of the mound also which is bigger than you think and gently apply the water.
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Trugreen lawn service spreads a granular that lasts over a year and has worked flawlessly for me for years.
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Andro is a bait and must be spread around the mound ...... not on top. The foraging ant are looking for food 1-3 ft away from the mount so that is where the bait needs to be. Give it 5-7 days and the entire colony will be dead.
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You have to treat the whole yard and even over into the neighbors a little if they dont treat. Get a broadcast spreader and do the whole yard. I only have to do it about once a year.
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Originally Posted by freedbaby View Post
I spay Bifen IT and never see an ant. I spray 3-4 times a year and it covers Mosquitoes, ants, termites, roaches...just about everything.

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X2, that's what we recommend for all our customers.
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Some useful info from Texas A & M which was built on a fire ant mound.
http://fireant.tamu.edu/controlmethods/index.php
http://fireant.tamu.edu/controlmetho...ucts/index.php
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Unfortunately the EPA has eliminated most if not all effective pest control agents. I usually mix up a couple of store bought chemicals which works.
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I use the Amdro "bait" and have had the same result as you did. They just move. However, I have found that if you apply it again to the new (weakened?) mounds it will generally do them in. Actually, I guess it could just make them move again (to your neighbors yard?) but I have two empty lots next to me so they could be going there.

Anyway, I'm sure there is some other stuff that works but maybe try the bait a second time since you probably have some left.

Also, I try not to kill the "red" ants because I hear they don't get along.
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Trugreen lawn service spreads a granular that lasts over a year and has worked flawlessly for me for years.
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It works good though I find it's lifespan is determined by rain fall.

I reapply about every 4 months.
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Get a chicken or 2, great pets and they will eat all of the ants, grubs, lizards and turn them into fresh eggs! I haven't had a Fireant mound in my yard for 3 years.
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Most of the poisons just move the mound. I bought some (can't remember the name) with acephate as the main ingredient. It stinks like hell. It is a talc like powder and just a bit on the mound and in a couple of days you will have DEAD ants all around the empty mound.
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