Specifically, red ants in US MO. They tend to take possession of my back
yard every summer.
I have a jug of Amdro, but I can't just pour it out in the yard for fear
of damage to the (hungry) dog.
So I gotta build a little Amdro dispenser with an opening large enough
for ants, much too small for the dog to penetrate.
Only alternative is to buy an expensive ant trap that is dog-proof.
On 6/21/2012 3:06 PM, Wilfred Xavier Pickles wrote:
Wrong. Don't need to kill ants outdoors unless they are a
threat....fire ants? Crawling all over dog food outdoors?
Wrong. Got some Amdro? They make stakes which are driven into the
soil. They make a bait for fire ants that is sprinkled lightly around
the mounds, and would seem just about impossible for dogs to eat.
Are there bowls of dog food in the yard? Might as well call it ant food
in that case, since ants just love the meat/fat in dog food. Since ants
are largely beneficial to the environment, and are all over, there isn't
much point in trying to rid the yard of them.
If people have been using Amdro there for a while, the ants won't eat
If they are eating dog food you have the perfect bait, dog food. Mix
it with boric acid, 12 parts food, one part BA and put it in a can
with a bunch of small holes drilled in it. The ants can get in but not
It may not kill all the ants but it will wipe out that colony and the
new ones won't eat dog food.
I do understand your concern. My dog got into the fie ants once and it
was pretty ugly.
He figured out what caused it and he doesn't dig in fire ant hill
anymore. YMMV on how long it takes a dog to figure that out tho.
Orthene powder does work but you have to keep the dog out of it.
It will kill the mound in a day and you can hose it away after that.
The residual will still be in the dirt tho. I prefer the boric acid
since I imagine a dog could eat a spoonful without harm and you are
only going to be using a gram or so to make a bunch of bait.
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