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Old 06-29-2016, 07:41 PM
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Default Powdered grits kill fire ants?

Have had some fire ants move in. Reading the inter web sounds like powdered grits will be carried by workers and fed to the queen. Add water and pop, dead nest.

Anybody try it.

Do not want to use chemicals as a couple torti live here.
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Have heard of that working but good luck. Really hard to wipe out without a chemical.
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All it does is drive them away to build a new mound elsewhere.
The only thing that the grits do is absorb the moisture from the mound.
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I've tried it, and can confirm its nothing but an old wives tale. Does not work.

Go to your farm store, get this stuff called surrender. It's a powder, and the worst thing you've ever smelled.

Best thing I've found.
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Use the grits. Put them on the mound with 2 pieces of bacon for 4 days. On the 5th day just put the grits on the mound. When all the ants come up to ask "Where the hell is the bacon?"

Douse them with gasoline. Works great.
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Diatomaceous earth does work. Not the pool stuff though.
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I like AMDRO...........Works great around the house and up on the Ranch. I carry a Ozarka Water bottle full of it and when I see a mound I sprinkle a little of it on the mound and it does the job..........
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I had about 4-5 mounds around the yard. Sprayed less than 1/2 an ounce of "something" my dad gave me...sprayed the entire yard with just that amount. A week later and not an ant to be found.

Don't know what it was, but when he had my mom stop by the chemical place to pick up the 2.5 gallon jug he said she about shit when she had to pay $1,000 for it...LoL
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Keep it coming, I can't really use any posin as the torti will be there eating it.
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Cant think of any natural ways that work. The torti may have to move for a week or so.
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I use gasoline but you can use water,orange oil and dawn soap mixed together and that will kill the nest.
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Ignorance. The queen can be four feet deep. That's why baits and dusts are the best choices. Flammable liquids simply make them move, and kill any turf.
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Boiling water...

Worked in Alabama
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5 gallon bucket of water with few tablespoons of liquid 'Sevin'. Just enough to cloud the water slightly. Pour it all in the mound. Should not hurt torti.
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Old 06-30-2016, 06:52 AM
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Bifin IT or XT will do them in

what is a torti
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Forget the torti, you're under attack!
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Shovel two mounds together and they'll fight to the death.

No, that's as effective as grits.

Lots of good info here: http://solutionsforyourlife.ufl.edu/...nagement.shtml

Lists the least-toxic pesticides and some other methods. Scalding water has a 20 to 60% success rate.
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