Describe the piles? Small droplets of sticky mud are probably castings from
worms. Mounds of dirt about 4 - 5 inches high are probably the result of a
gopher or mole. Shove a screwdriver around the mound to find the soft spot,
which is where the tunnel is, place either a trap or bait in the tunnel,
then carefully cover the tunnel.
Dirt piles caused by ants, at least the ones out here are barely noticeable,
at the most a centimeter or so high near the entrance to their colony. Look
around the pile, see if you can find an entrance to their colony. Try using
slow acting poison near, not on top, of an ant trail, the scouts will find
it on their own and bring back the poison to the queen and the rest of the
You need not kill the ants since if you have them your soil is being aerated.
Just rake the mound down and be on with it. Trying to poison ants, which is the
largest population of insects on earth is futile and not worth poisoning the
water system with toxins. IMO
I always use a pistol-grip water-hose sprayer, on the strongest setting, and
spray until the mound is lawn-level. I assume the resulting mud seals the
passages, or the ants drown, or they just say "hey, this is a hostile
environment, let's move"
It's cheap, and it's eco-friendly, plus it works (for me, anyway) YMMV
I think you are right about this. I admit that at one time I had the
attitude that insects were meant to be killed. I think that advertising has
taught us that all insects are bad. I have reconsidered, and seldom take
any action to eliminate insects unless they are in the house, and even then,
I don't go after things like spiders. I see my neighbors spraying
everything that moves. I know for a fact that they don't read the
directions on these products. I think that I have fewer insects problems
now then when I doused everything with chemicals. Sure, I have a bit of
insect damage here and there on plants. I can live with that. I also have
some ants, wasps, yellow jackets, and other assorted insects in the garden
along with toads, frogs, snakes, and lots of birds. It all tends to balance
itself if you leave it alone. The few plants like roses that couldn't make
it without chemicals were eliminated.
:) Because advertising told him to, and his mind didn't tell him not to (yet).
:) There's an entire generation that never heard of Love Canal, or extrapolated
:) outward to the bigger implications.
though he spraying a gallon diazinon or malathion in a general area to
kill ants will probably not give him the results he would like, hardly
can compare it to Love Canal fiasco, 20,000 tons of petro chemical
waste, waste from chemical warfare experiments...decades of usage.
The problem is that whatever you apply to the ground has to go somewhere.
Nobody wonders where "somewhere" is. Here (Rochester NY), runoff goes into
the street sewers. From there, it goes to a water treatment plant, and the
so-called "improved" water goes into Lake Ontario. For fish caught in the
lake, the state's health warnings have only gotten worse over the years (for
eating the fish). Guess where much of Rochester gets its drinking water?
The two largest sources of chemical pollution in the U.S. are homeowners and
:) The problem is that whatever you apply to the ground has to go somewhere.
:) Nobody wonders where "somewhere" is. Here (Rochester NY), runoff goes into
:) the street sewers. From there, it goes to a water treatment plant, and the
:) so-called "improved" water goes into Lake Ontario. For fish caught in the
:) lake, the state's health warnings have only gotten worse over the years (for
:) eating the fish). Guess where much of Rochester gets its drinking water?
:) Lake Ontario.
:) The two largest sources of chemical pollution in the U.S. are homeowners and
:) golf courses.
Unless the amount of treatment is over a french drain, the topical spray
isn't going anywhere at the amounts he would be using. Even if the
products didn't bind at all to the ground matter when sprayed, the
amount of water needed for it to be transported would be to great in the
amount of time it degrades. Of course that is under assumption of a
general area treatment by Joe Homeowner and guessing your coming from
Joe Homeowner is out in front of a major storm applying his corn cob
granules and happens to live uphill from a water source, which is a
major problem for the environment.
No fiasco here in Austin, Texas, but Barton Springs Pool which is a natural pool
people swim in is thoroughly polluted and has toxic levels of atrazine (sp?) a
herbicide used in every bag of weed and feed, as well as toxic levels of dursban
and about a thousand other poisons. It would be great if water ran uphill, but
unfortunately, it doesn't.
There's a whole country which voted for Bush, so why not a whole generation who
never heard of Love Canal? I find that our country of America is going through
the barbaric stage of infancy as a nation, much the way Roman's did in the days
of vomitoriums and men having sex with boys. This whole place seems insane to
Hey...I know two people who do not believe General Electric dumped tons of
toxic crap into the Hudson River, even though the company admitted to doing
so in court. They think GE was somehow coerced, and that the company is now
being abused by officials who expect them to pay for the cleanup effort.
Poor GE. :-( It's a weird frame of mind - something like the early 1950s.
Production is good at any price, and all corporations are perfect and
Water quality decisions (and the ensuing budgets) should be decided by
fishermen. A couple of years ago, the NY dep't of environmental conservation
sent out a survey to fishing license holders, asking questions about how we
felt about planned efforts to clean up Onondaga Lake, in Syracuse. A few
questions were aimed at finding out whether we, as fishermen, would ever
fish the lake if it was cleaned up. Whether we'd trust the cleanup process,
in other words. The consensus was a resounding "forget about it - can't be
done - spend the money on something useful".
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