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Thread: FIRE ANTS-ANY IDES ON HOW TO STOP THEM?THEIR JUST NOW COMING OUT

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    Fire ants are dangerous and a pest for sure.They knock out our good ant colonies that we need,and get into everything.We can't even go to our sheds without being attacked.4 times last yr my hubby who is 84 had them up in his pants and all over his back and front belly,arms,neck,head,etc, inside his shirt biting and attacking him.I have to make him strip and get into the shower after getting as many off as fast as possible,while he's stripping (outside,but out of sight).And our poor pets.I have to watch them too and spray the porch 2 X a month.I use the ANT and SPIDER spray from Walmart at $1.99 a can.I move their dishes for 2 days when I spray,then put them back after 2 days.I destroy every colony after pounding and vibrating the ground to bring them UP.I spray them heavily,wait while it does it's job,a couple hrs or more or less.Then I take a hose with a jet stream and demolish the compound.That takes care of them. Till the new colony crops up.But this year I want to stop them from entering the property.Their just now starting to come.I'm sure a lot of us could benefit from someone who can help us out.Their all over the southwest and half way up north.Any ideas?Thanks

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    so very sorry. Kansas sister stepped on a hill and had to strip in her farm's back yard.. thankfully back yard and not in front of highway's side of house !

    Her daughter started beating her own clothes and was more modest.

    Is it the weather we have been having?

    Good luck !! to you all!

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    I use to pour clorex on them... lived in Calif. and the children's play area was loaded so I poured clorex where ever they were, finally went away.. Don't really think clorex can hurt any one. In WW11 they use to use it to help clot cuts and such.... heard that from a old WW11 army nurse. So if it's OK on body must be ok on ground???? :)

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    I did invest in a snake bite kit with different sizes of nozzles that you put on the bite and it will suck most of the poisen out from everything from fire ants,spiders,bees,snakes,etc.And then it's not supose to be as bad.But when thousands are everywhere,biting,well,that wouldn't be feezable I don't think.So maybe someone could tell us what to put on the bites.I did learn yrs ago,when we were in Kansas,I got a spider bite of some kind.It was nasty and oozy,and burned like fire for over a week.I tried everything medication wise.Finaly,I went to the drug store,and the druggest said,that it looked like a yeast infection and to get the antifungle tube of 'jock itch' for men.It was $6.00 a tube,but hey,anything at that point.It imediatly cooled down and began to heal.So,he was right.So,if you ever get a bite and it don't heal,try it.It healed up right away then too.It worked.

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    I think I just read that wd-40 gets rid of them or stops their sting. I was on this site. I have watched the reality show about the bug terminators in the south they use a non lethal solution made out of flower pistons. I just cannot remember what the name of it is called. It dehydrates the ants.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cheryl rearick
    I use to pour clorex on them... lived in Calif. and the children's play area was loaded so I poured clorex where ever they were, finally went away.. Don't really think clorex can hurt any one. In WW11 they use to use it to help clot cuts and such.... heard that from a old WW11 army nurse. So if it's OK on body must be ok on ground???? :)
    That's an idea.Clorox would be cheap too.I didn't know it clotted wounds.Amazing.Thanks so much

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quiltforme
    I think I just read that wd-40 gets rid of them or stops their sting. I was on this site. I have watched the reality show about the bug terminators in the south they use a non lethal solution made out of flower pistons. I just cannot remember what the name of it is called. It dehydrates the ants.
    Wow,that would be good too.I need to do the parimeter of my yard,and my neighbors yards.We would have to all do it too.Of which they would.They hate them too.We live in a rural area,and are the only ones over here.And surounded by field crops.

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    My grandmother and aunts used this for regular ants so maybe it'll work on the fire ants too.
    She mixed dry yeast powder with water then mixed in some maple syrup and poured it into jar lids and set them around the outside of the house.
    The water and syrup attracts them and they also eat the yeast which kills them. Not an instant solution but safe.

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    Contact your local Agricultural Extension agency for a list of the approved chemicals to use on those buggers. There is a product out there that stops them from reproducing and a product that gives you an instant kill. These have varying degrees of toxicity, so just be sure to real the labels well and remember safety first.

    You really can win this battle!

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    We had them a few yrs back here in NY...OH MY were they horrible...I went to Walmart/ or Hm Depot and buy the Ortho Powders and granula's and put it down on the grass and area they tracked...Never saw them again.

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    If you know where the ant hill is then you can try this. Get one of those pots that has a holes in the bottom or ake holes in it, make sure it is big enough to cover the hill. Make a pot of boiling water. Place the pot upside down on the hill then pour the boiling water so it goes thru the holes. The boiling water will kill the ants. Supposedly the pot traps the ants so that the water can get them.
    I have not tried this but heard it works.

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    we have many fire ants hills here in Georgia, there is a product a HDeopt that kills the fire ants. You just put some on the hill and in a few days they are gone. I have notics that it does not kill the little ants. Only fire ants. the best part is you do not have to mist or add water to the hill. :thumbup:

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    We just use a specific fire ant killer that you can get at Home Depot or Lowe's. Sometimes new mounds will come up after you kill one spot- you just have to keep after them. You can eventually win.
    But we have also poured boiling water on mounds too. That definitely kills them! Lol!

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    Pour cornmeal on the mound. It works! I am allergic to ants and my hubby does this all the tine. When they eat the cornmeal it swells them up and they die along with all their family, because they take it back to the "nest" and share it. LOL

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    We used to pour big pots of boiling water on mounds in pour yard in Texas, too, and it seemed to work.

    By the way, Clorox used to be made of chlorine until the company announced in Nov. 2009 that it was changing the formula.

    Chlorine is a known carcinogin, were you all aware of that? I can not imagine deliberately pouring this substance on open wounds! We have so many "the-government-says-it's-safe" issues to look back on in horror.:oops:

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    Thanks for the Clorox idea. We've always used products we buy at Home Depot or Lowes and sometimes they work, sometimes they don't. Our dry summers have made them worse so will try the bleach.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlwaysQuilting
    My grandmother and aunts used this for regular ants so maybe it'll work on the fire ants too.
    She mixed dry yeast powder with water then mixed in some maple syrup and poured it into jar lids and set them around the outside of the house.
    The water and syrup attracts them and they also eat the yeast which kills them. Not an instant solution but safe.
    That might work on fire ants,they eat anything.I'll try it.Thanks so much

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jan in VA
    We used to pour big pots of boiling water on mounds in pour yard in Texas, too, and it seemed to work.

    By the way, Clorox used to be made of chlorine until the company announced in Nov. 2009 that it was changing the formula.

    Chlorine is a known carcinogin, were you all aware of that? I can not imagine deliberately pouring this substance on open wounds! We have so many "the-government-says-it's-safe" issues to look back on in horror.:oops:

    Jan in VA
    Thanks,I'll have to find something like that with the holes.As long as we can get down to the queen,I'd think out hot sun down here would detour them,but they thrive in it.Thanks so much

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quiltforme
    I think I just read that wd-40 gets rid of them or stops their sting. I was on this site. I have watched the reality show about the bug terminators in the south they use a non lethal solution made out of flower pistons. I just cannot remember what the name of it is called. It dehydrates the ants.
    I read that thread,that was a good thread too.I didn't know wd40 did all that stuff.I'll try it too.Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweet
    Contact your local Agricultural Extension agency for a list of the approved chemicals to use on those buggers. There is a product out there that stops them from reproducing and a product that gives you an instant kill. These have varying degrees of toxicity, so just be sure to real the labels well and remember safety first.

    You really can win this battle!
    I'll try them too.Ya,I'd want something safe around the yard,as we do have many toads that eat flies etc,as well as my canned cat food.Little burgers eat the food,then get into their water dish and bask awhile.So,do have to change it throughout the day,plus we have cats,and a dog.That green lantern from walmart works great,you just shake it around the mound 18 inches from the main holes.But,one time I saw my dog,and cats,licking their paws after being out there,so had to quite using it.Thanks

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    Yes! Before ant season, (I have a house in GA) I would put granules from Home depot around the perimeter of my house. Two weeks after that I would spread it throughout the sides of my house a little further out. I also put uncooked grits around the outside becasue they would eat the grits and it would expand and kill them. After all that I did not have a problem with them, spiders or scorpions. You have to start early enough in the season and treatment is continuous.

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    I went to texas to help with the new grandbaby, was doing yard work, and stuck my hand in the nest..while pulling weeds.
    they were up my arm, biting me like crazy. i got all swollen,son gave me benadryl..it helped.
    we used boiling water then.

    honestly, they are just there to stay, he has to use the chemicals, it in an on going thing..

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