Finish off Fire Ants Part 3


| 5/28/2013 4:02:00 PM


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fire ant nestI moved to the south about a year ago. Originally, I was thrilled about the long growing season and the amount of acreage my family owned. Unfortunately, I later realized that the more acreage they possessed, the more fire ant colonies I had to conquer. 

Recently, I made a second attempt to defeat these ants with a commercial fire ant killer, which used spinosad as an active ingredient.  Having tried a similar fire ant killer before with no success, I certainly didn't have high hopes for this one. But, raving comments about the product from those at the store drove me to purchase it since I was beyond desperate. 

After spreading it, I gave the ants about a week and a half to consume the fire ant killer and serve it to their queens. After that time had passed, I began moving from mound to mound, kicking at the soft mounds of clay to check for ants. It only took me about 5 minutes to assess the outcome - I had finally found success. 

All the mounds I had treated were deserted. Even so, I worried that they would return, immune to spinosad, which seemed to be the only effective organic poison the kill fire ants. 

After a week went by, the treated nests remained dormant. A few nest popped up, although they were all quite small. This supported my thoughts that had plagued me beforehand. Although these ants could possibly be treated with the commercial fire ant killer that I used to take out the majority off the population, it would eventually become ineffective. Of course, these new mounds could have come from untreated nests, but nevertheless, I continued to worry. What I really needed was something to repel them after the major colonies had been taken out.fire ant next closeup 

I found the solution in the hands of an unlikely product - molasses.

sheridan
6/14/2013 2:13:39 PM

Would you be able to share the name of the insecticide that DID work & the recipe for molasses & water? Did you spray the entire yard? This article is very helpful. Thank  you.


lynne.levandowski1
6/2/2013 7:44:57 PM

Good job!  I am glad you found a solution that will hopefully keep those pesky varmints away forever.  Your research and testing results are invaluable.


lynne.levandowski1
6/2/2013 7:44:52 PM

Good job!  I am glad you found a solution that will hopefully keep those pesky varmints away forever.  Your research and testing results are invaluable.





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