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#61 Bolens 1000 ONLINE  

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Posted January 08, 2017 - 06:00 PM

A friend who lives in Georgia said when he was a kid they almost had the Fire ants killed off from planes "crop dusting" large areas of land but the environmental regulations made them cease treatment and the ants came right back over time.

 

I got to play with  some mounds when I used to visit there and they are like no other ants you'll ever encounter, They are very aggressive. Hunters will often place the deer antlers in a mound and in a  week or so they are clean and spotless! Its scary!

 

I really feel for you guys who have to fight these all the time, in most places you cant go more than 5 feet any direction without seeing a mound.


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Posted January 08, 2017 - 08:56 PM

I have done that also. Killed a rattle snake and placed it on a mound. 3 days I had a clean rattler off it's tail.


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Posted February 04, 2017 - 06:20 PM

Here in Fla. rain drives the whole colony to the surface (otherwise they drown?). When I see a mound I spray the surface with a wasp spray. Commercial grade from HD. I get about 3-4 mounds/can (!). My brother says it's the ether (propellant) that kills them rather than the chemical.
I don't know if that's true. But I've had enough experience with Fire Ant bites that I'm willing to bear the cost.
I have also been told to drench the mound with cheap gas and apply a match. Naplam would probably work too.
As to Fire Ant baits, so far as I can see (and have tried) one season's success does not predict next season's success. Instead I've found that I must alternate solutions. Bayer one year, Black Flag the next. The F'ers use the stuff as Salsa in the off-seasons!

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Posted February 04, 2017 - 09:09 PM

Diatomaceous earth will kill them this year, next year and every other year, safe to use, not expensive, not poisonous to people or pets.
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Posted February 04, 2017 - 09:29 PM

How much Diatomaceous earth do I need for 5 acres?


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Posted February 04, 2017 - 10:27 PM

How much Diatomaceous earth do I need for 5 acres?

Will not work if the ground is wet. We only do the hills and in the barn.


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Posted February 04, 2017 - 10:29 PM

Diatomaceous earth will kill them this year, next year and every other year, safe to use, not expensive, not poisonous to people or pets.

But a mask is a good idea. Stuff will make your nose and throat feel raw. It is safe to eat and I have mixed in livestock feed before.


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Posted February 05, 2017 - 07:33 PM

Will not work if the ground is wet. We only do the hills and in the barn.


Water doesn't hurt it, I mix it with water and spray it to avoid the dust, directions on the tub.
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Posted February 05, 2017 - 07:35 PM

I need enough to do here.

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Posted February 05, 2017 - 11:02 PM

I need enough to do here.

 

Wow! have you thought about one of these?

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Posted February 06, 2017 - 08:22 AM

My brother says it's the ether (propellant) that kills them rather than the chemical.
I don't know if that's true.

You might try starting fluid and see if that is true.

 

. It is safe to eat and I have mixed in livestock feed before.

Why???


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Posted February 06, 2017 - 08:26 AM

 

 

Why???

 

Parasites in Chickens . I don't know why someone would eat it but it is safe too.


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Posted February 06, 2017 - 10:29 AM

I need enough to do here.


It's probably cheaper than anything else. What I do is treat affected areas, like mounds, then I put about an 18" border around the whole yard, 1.5 acres. If I maintain the border 3-4 times a year, I have no ticks, beetles, fleas, ants, etc...
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Posted February 06, 2017 - 10:45 AM

I have used Tempo for years as a safe way to control insects around and in the house and other buildings.   has detailed instructions on a 2 step control that  effective according to the web site.  A bottle is expensive but highly concentrated.    (Don't ask how this pic got there.  It just popped up)

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Posted February 06, 2017 - 01:46 PM

I need enough to do here.

Excuse me for dumb question. Are those all ant mounds in photos? I've only drove across panhandle couple times not familiar with far south. If it is you have one heck of an ant farm. I think you need a crop duster.     


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