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#16 larrybl ONLINE  

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Posted June 19, 2016 - 08:27 PM

I wen out and dumped 5 QT's of used oil on this one. (animals can't get to it) to see what happens,

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Posted June 19, 2016 - 09:01 PM

I pored 4+ gallons of used oil on the one the animals can't get to. Will need to see the results before going after the others.

 

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Posted June 19, 2016 - 09:15 PM

I've had the problem with several different varieties.

Solution for me: take a long handled square end shovel, slide it under one mound, move that mound to another one you've already done the same to (takes 2 shovels). Long story short, transpose the mounds.

Sit back and watch the carnage. They'll battle to the death trying to protect their queens etc. 

Works for me. I shy away from anything that would have the potential to contaminate our water table.


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Posted June 19, 2016 - 10:00 PM

I swear just seeing the pictures gives me welts! I hated those damn things! Constantly fighting them on Ft Hood back in the day..

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Posted June 19, 2016 - 10:17 PM

I've had the problem with several different varieties.
Solution for me: take a long handled square end shovel, slide it under one mound, move that mound to another one you've already done the same to (takes 2 shovels). Long story short, transpose the mounds.
Sit back and watch the carnage. They'll battle to the death trying to protect their queens etc.
Works for me. I shy away from anything that would have the potential to contaminate our water table.

This I would like to see some footage of haha.

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Posted June 19, 2016 - 10:45 PM

The gas & light method had no explosion at all...just ignited & burned off the residue including a lot of ant bodies which is what you want. I would never dump oil on the ground that will be there a long time.
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Posted June 20, 2016 - 04:04 AM

I would try Wasp spray. I used it on Fire Anrs and have been told the propellant does the trick rather than the chemical .
No matter to me. The %÷×+£€s die! Does leave a bare spot in the lawn (for a month or so) though.
I have also been wondering if a agricultural soap wouldn't do a trick on them. Dissolve the mounds and they'll drown?

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Posted June 20, 2016 - 06:04 AM

What is the primary food source for a red ant? Can you starve them out?


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Posted June 20, 2016 - 06:55 AM

Reminds me of the time when I was racing off road motorcycles we have a huge venue in GA that has a great open field, we knew there was going to be rain that weekend so we found ourselves a high spot to camp. Well when the rain came the fire ants knew where the hi spot was....Race was called the Cherry lake Harescramble that was renamed  the be the fire ant 500 because we all had at least 500 bites. 


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Posted June 20, 2016 - 07:02 AM

Larry, it looks as if you got too aggressive with the fire ants last year. I haven't seen a red ant mound in years due to the fire ants killing the red ants, or perhaps Mother Nature is going to have a correction to fix some past goof ups.



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Posted June 20, 2016 - 07:45 AM

No movement at the mound this morning. I may dig around and remove the oiled soil and see what I can. As for moveing the mound I would need a back hoe with a rock bit. I will need to do the other two mounds differently.



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Posted June 20, 2016 - 09:08 PM

Well, the oil was a FAIL! I dug around the mound to remove the contaminated soil and found they are alive and well. I started to panic some at this point (I didn't want them to move under the house) so I doused them with 1/2 gallon weed eater gas and lit it. Still seen some loose ones so I used a full can of wasp spray (careful this stuff is flammable!). Not sure if this worked, will dig around more tomorrow at this site. My Wife said she had a bag of Corn meal (was suggested by another member) they are supposed to eat it but can't digest it and DIE!. We will see as I used a whole bag on mound 2. still have 3 & 4 to deal with.

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Posted June 20, 2016 - 09:32 PM

Corn meal may take several days to a week to see the effect. Sugar water mixed with Boric Acid will work too but takes awhile. The feeders take it to the queen then they eat & most die. The workers & the guards are the demons. When they die no more building & alerts to those DEEP in the tunnels. The fire kills these first then the smoke suffocates the others. Keep us posted.

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Posted June 20, 2016 - 09:53 PM

I was thinking of filling the hole I dug with charcoal and lighting it off. This may be an option for the front yard but I would need to mound the charcoal over the nest with no digging. Not sure how deep the queen is. 


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Posted June 20, 2016 - 11:21 PM

This is the stuff you need.

DuPont™ Advion® FIRE ANT BAIT


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