Has any one got a tried and true natural way to get rid of fire ants? I have chickens, dogs and so forth. Also a grand baby that visits from time to time.
Try pouring grits in the mound. This worked for me. (08/11/2005)
Oh man, you have got to be from the south Cathy. We moved south from the north and those dang ants are a real pain, especially when they bite, OUCH~ I would also love to hear some solutions that work, other than Andro at Home Depot. I noticed someone suggested grits, I'll have to give that a try, thanks for the suggestion. (08/12/2005)
I worked Heat & A/C in Texas for years. We had the same problem there. They love electricity and are drawn to it. You can place moth balls around to keep them out of your outdoor a/c unit and breaker boxes. They also help keep rodents away. Place them where animals/children can't get to them. You will need to replace them about every 3-4 weeks, as they evaporate. They work great! (08/12/2005)
I also live in the fire ant area of Florida. I have found boiling water works, but also kills anything else, including grass, which does grow back in time. I also go through a lot of grits, but seems they just move. I have found coffee grounds work well. When I finish with my coffee, any left over, I pour over the used grounds, and this seems to work.
Try using corn meal, the little soldiers carry it to the Queen and when they get water, the corn meal expands and kills them. Once Queenie is gone, they leave. (08/23/2005)
Dip a Q-tip in olive oil, and then roll it in powdered cinnamon. Do this three or four times so there are multiple layers of this concoction. Then insert the cinnamon/olive oil end into the hole at the top of the mound to a depth of at least two inches. Within 24 hours, the fire ants will be gone. I don't know why this works, but it does! P.S. It doesn't have to be a Q-tip, any store brand will do, just make sure it is a cotton swab. (05/13/2007)
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