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#1 larrybl OFFLINE  

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Posted June 19, 2016 - 05:46 PM

I have several large Red Ant colonies in my yard. I tried "Fire ant" killer but it didn't work. The molten aluminum looks cool, but a little over the top for me. I am not against (Gas, Oil, + Fire) but looking for something more safe, and household like (Bleach, drain cleaner, oven cleaner, etc) Any suggestions?
PS. The yard is pretty robust and recovers quickly. I have had several burn pits and once moved you can't tell they were there.
 

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Posted June 19, 2016 - 05:51 PM

I have several large Red Ant colonies in my yard. I tried "Fire ant" killer but it didn't work. The molten aluminum looks cool, but a little over the top for me. I am not against (Gas, Oil, + Fire) but looking for something more safe, and household like (Bleach, drain cleaner, oven cleaner, etc) Any suggestions?
PS. The yard is pretty robust and recovers quickly. I have had several burn pits and once moved you can't tell they were there.
 

We tried everything here. We use DE around the animals but the rest of the hills we burn


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Posted June 19, 2016 - 06:01 PM

An anteater or perhaps explosives ?

We don't get them up north, but I've heard they can be very nasty. Good luck getting rid of them.
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Posted June 19, 2016 - 06:07 PM

An anteater or perhaps explosives ?

We don't get them up north, but I've heard they can be very nasty. Good luck getting rid of them.

I think explosives would spread them, but good thought there as the 4th is coming up and I can look around the fire works stands for solutions.


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Posted June 19, 2016 - 06:12 PM

I think explosives would spread them, but good thought there as the 4th is coming up and I can look around the fire works stands for solutions.

Used to love to stick firecrackers in Ant hills 


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Posted June 19, 2016 - 06:12 PM

Actually, just soaking the hill with the gas or oil will kill them. No fire necessary.


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Posted June 19, 2016 - 06:17 PM

Actually, just soaking the hill with the gas or oil will kill them. No fire necessary.

Plenty of used oil here, I'll give that a try.



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Posted June 19, 2016 - 06:30 PM

Just don't send them this way!



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Posted June 19, 2016 - 06:35 PM

Was told that corn meal will kill them, if so that would work in the front yard where the dogs are, the back yard will get the used oil treatment. Explosives and molten aluminum are off the table.... for now. 


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Posted June 19, 2016 - 06:38 PM

Explosives and molten aluminum are off the table.... for now.


Whoa! Let's keep your options open for now, especially if you can record video of said adventures.
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Posted June 19, 2016 - 06:39 PM

I dealt with one last year. I tried several ways but had to use the aggressive gas down the tunnels & light. It was kind of fun watching the smoke come out of the other tunnels. I had to do it two days in a row but it worked. Be safe.


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Posted June 19, 2016 - 06:49 PM

Starting to sound like a real challange!

I have tried, grits,amdro,sevin,boric acid all it does it makes them move to a new spot in the yard!!!! If you find something I will be happy to try it.

I dealt with one last year. I tried several ways but had to use the aggressive gas down the tunnels & light. It was kind of fun watching the smoke come out of the other tunnels. I had to do it two days in a row but it worked. Be safe.

Explosives and molten aluminum are off the table.... for now.
Whoa! Let's keep your options open for now, especially if you can record video of said adventures.

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Posted June 19, 2016 - 07:13 PM

They can be a pain to get rid of. Early morning is best time for oil based products, try to catch as many inside as you can.


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Posted June 19, 2016 - 08:04 PM

Dig up the body your buried there and put it some where else the ants will migrate.


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Posted June 19, 2016 - 08:12 PM

No bodies, This is the first year I had these. Fire ants are the norm and the Orthro takes care of them. These ate a pain.






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