I'm mostly a lurker here but I thought I'd post a funny (and dangerous)
story as an example of how NOT to kill fire ants.
I grew up in NC and had my fair share of ant bites by fire ants.. ugh. The
My dad (from the Philippines) tried to get rid of them by pouring gasoline
on them (at the suggestion of one of the neighbors I believe). I dont' know
who told him to do this, or if tehy thought it woudl be funny - but as you
know - one ant mound is usually linked to another mound, etc.
So he pours gas on each mound, the ants are going nuts, crawling everywhere.
He's probably breaking all sorts of environmental laws, just killing the
earth, god, the amount of damage tht did. Especially when some other idiot
got the bright idea to throw a match down.
Apparetnly several mounds "blew up", showering everyone around with really
pissed off fire ants. Not only that, but gass got everywhere
I tell you, people are positively brilliant sometimes *sarcasm*
. My uncle
was going nuts when he heard about this - yelling and hollering. Anyway, I
don't know how many mounds are generally connected in some form, but at
least 3 "blew up" that day.