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Old 04-22-2008, 11:09 AM  
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Angry Getting rid of FIRE ANTS in field.

I looked this up in the "search" part of the forum and couldn't find it. Sorry if it is there. I am in southern ALABAMA and the fire ants are taking control of the field. I know of plenty of poisens like AMDRO...ect... but won't put that out by the horses. I was told that something called diatomacous earth, can be used safely in the field. What and where you get this I have found yet. Does ANYONE know how to SAFELY get them out of my field?
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Don't feel bad...I am slowly chasing mine out of my pasture and yard. I have been using plain grits and throwing in on the mounds. The mounds are now mostly in my lower pasture so it is working but slowly. I bet I have spent $30-40 dollars on grits
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Old 04-22-2008, 11:31 AM  
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Don't feel bad...I am slowly chasing mine out of my pasture and yard. I have been using plain grits and throwing in on the mounds. The mounds are now mostly in my lower pasture so it is working but slowly. I bet I have spent $30-40 dollars on grits
Grits??? Like good ol fashioned grits??? I never heard of that I will have to try it!
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Old 04-22-2008, 11:32 AM  
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We now have them here - thanks to Katrina.. and there is a pellet you can buy to put on them that is supposedly safe for pets..

But grits.. does it really work.. cause if it does I am going to try it..
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Well you could always use my sisters method.. but that involves lighter fluid and a match...
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Well you could always use my sisters method.. but that involves lighter fluid and a match...
Sounds like all of 2 bucks to me!! LOL.
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Sounds like fun.. roast ant a la butane..
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I just buy the big generic cans of instant grits and sprinkle them over the mounds. Supposedly they take it to the queen to eat and then when she takes in liquid she explodes.
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I just buy the big generic cans of instant grits and sprinkle them over the mounds. Supposedly they take it to the queen to eat and then when she takes in liquid she explodes.
Do you think that would work on cheaters?
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Do you think that would work on cheaters?


If it did...that would be a lot of explosives goin off!
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Old 04-22-2008, 12:17 PM  
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But there would be no doubt as to who they were..
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I take care of many tiny white show dogs and they can't get fire ants on them.

Grits work? the dogs would eat the grits around here

anyways what I do to keep fire ants away is I use the amdro fire ant killer in the green plastic jug. It's a very fine white power, I put a small bit like a teaspoonfull on the mound and its dead and gone fast. It's not a eatable product so I've never had my dogs or horse want to taste it. The warning lable says keep kids pets away untill the dust settles. Don't use it on a windy day or it will blow away

Couple times a year I notice a mound trying to start and I treat it right away.

For about 10 years now I've managed to keep fireants almost totally at bay on over 8 acres around my house.
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Borax and grits. Borax is safe for pets, the environment, etc.. Grits, the ants ingest but can not digest. The borax does something to their chemistry.
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Won't the horses eat the grits? What about the weird "earth" I mentioned?

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Living in Florida - we must be the Fireant Capital of the World - I have my grass and one pasture treated by Aaron Pest Control (who you have to get to kill off all the other critters around here) I'm not sure what he uses but when we moved here 6 years ago there were tons of them. Now - none. But I have heard of the Grits working I heard they explode too!
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We put vinegar on them. You have to put it on them pretty regularly, but it gets rid of them for a while.
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D.E. - works on just about every bug (dont know about roaches, never tried them). Anyway it is like a flour, and what it does it dries out the ants, or bugs (works awesome on weavels) and they die. Takes effect fairly quick, but not instant. It is safe for even ingesting, for animals or humans. So dont worry about it if it gets near horses or dogs.

I have used it on just about any bugs. We have 4 big red ant mounds in the pasture. i will be tring it out on them too. Im gonna go get it from BigR feed store. I think that they have it there.

Good luck hope it works for you too.
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Living in Florida - we must be the Fireant Capital of the World - I have my grass and one pasture treated by Aaron Pest Control (who you have to get to kill off all the other critters around here) I'm not sure what he uses but when we moved here 6 years ago there were tons of them. Now - none. But I have heard of the Grits working I heard they explode too!

Florida the fire ant capital of the world? you have to share that title with Texas. Fire ants are awefull here. I see some fields with ant hills every couple feet. Many of the native songbirds have gone missing, the ants get in the nests and kill the chicks

I think fire ants came from some other country in the 1960s? it must have been nice in the times without those ants!
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We use Amdro and it stinks-horses stay away. It really works and fast. there is a new amdro someone said-that works for a whole year. going to have to check that out.
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