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Controlling Fire Ants

It seems every year we get asked about how to get rid of fire ants. Usually it is mothers asking because they are afraid for their kids to play outside because of an infestation of the fire ants. I know folks will start asking again soon because it will be getting warmer in the southern states  pretty soon so I did some research and found that while there are pesticides that can kill the ants you need to be careful with them. If you have free range chickens you probably will not be able to use the pesticide. While there are many home remedies like pouring gasoline on the mound or pouring grits into the mound that the ants eat and their saliva makes the grits swell and that kills them I have never really know these home remedies to truly work. The most recommended pesticide is  Amdro fire ant bait which can be put around where the mounds are. It is treated like food by the ants and they carry it to the queen. Once she eats it she dies and the ants leave. If you only have a mound or two then you can just put the bait near them. If you have a lot of mounds you may need to scatter the  bait widely but do not disturb the mounds or it may not work. Also as stated don’t let your chickens or other livestock eat it. You can read more about it in this article for the University of Arkansas.

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Paige Raymond
Paige Raymond
Raised in rural Montana and educated in Mechanical Engineering and Sustainable Development, Paige Raymond combines a practical mindset with a passion for self-reliance and sustainability. With expertise ranging from mechanical solutions and food preservation to emergency preparedness and renewable energy, Paige is a proud author with more than 5000 published articles.

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