This fellow recommends gasoline, and fire to kill
off fire ant hills. I wonder if alcohol drygas would
do the same job? Gasoline tends to poison the soil.
The lawn grass might not grow back.
Christopher A. Young
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On Sun, 13 Oct 2013 09:41:57 -0400, Stormin Mormon
Amdro works pretty well until the ants stop eating it but if it has
not been used around you that will take decades.
Next you will be going with Orthene.
Just be aware you might end up missing your fire ants. After I finally
got rid of the fire ants, I got black ants taking their place that
invaded the house. That was a war I am barely holding my own on.
The fire ants stayed outside and kept the other ants at bay.
Doesn't boric acid mixed with their food kill the colony?
If you're into 'green' approaches only, the peel of an orange will spritz
when squeezed, held over an open flame will actually squirt a blow torch
like flame for over 18 inches. That spritz is a natural insecticide that
has residual killing power for a year. When we used to live in CA and had
an orange tree, once a year we'd be forced to make a ton of orange juice
in the kitchen - we NEVER had ants [also kills spiders] Then Mediterranean
fruit fly threat came through and the powers that be stripped our tree,
thus no crop that year, and yes within no time ANTS, bigtime! I don't
think the orange peel spritz hurts pets either.
Not having access to oranges, I tried a new product from Raid, called Bug
Barrier - that stuff works! Anything that crawls across that or touches it
does not survive long. I don't know if it kills a colony or not, but
seemed to. After two 2 liter bottles of soda exploded and an influx of
ants went after the sweet liquid down inside the cabinet bases
[unaccessible] and then spraying with Bug Barrier, never even saw another
ant! I wonder if it does take out a colony.
I am not sure the boric acid actually kills all the ants but it
certainly changes what they eat.
Around here I pretty much have the ants trained to only eat dead bugs.
That is the truce we have worked out.
I have no illusion that I can eliminate them.
Bait them with the dog food. They will stop eating it and that
particular gang of ants will go away.
"Wood roach" sounds like the American cockroach, palmetto bug or
whatever chamber of commerce name they come up with.
They are not as tough to control as the Asians and Germans
Even if it didn't a cup of gasoline isn't going to do more than kill a few
hundred or thousand ants leaving many times that number. The surface nest
is just a small part of the total structure - they can go down at least 10
feet - so those down deeper think the fire is just a warm day.
Here's a video of an excavation of an ant nest. Not fire ants but it gives
an idea of how convoluted the nests can be.
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