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How to safely use pesticide around chickens?

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I have a serious ant problem and need to spray or dust the perimeter of the house. The trouble is that my chickens occasionally get out, not often but that they can needs to be a consideration...and we let them out of the run in the late afternoon to eat up some bugs.

I have got to stop the flow of ants into my house! What can I use that will not harm my chickens. if anything?

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Let your chickens take care of the problem! My chickens love ants! Let them at them and you will soon be with out any ants crawling around.

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Let your chickens take care of the problem! My chickens love ants! Let them at them and you will soon be with out any ants crawling around.


You must have better tasting ants than I do.  My chickens won't touch them.  I usually put out a little Amdro (sp?) at night.  Ants harvest based on temperature, not time of day.  If I see any poison left in the morning, I cover the mound with a scrap piece of plywood, until it's all gone.  I still haven't figured out how to deal with the really tiny ants that don't like Amdro.hmm

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I have the outside area exterminated once a month, and it doesn't bother the chickens or chicks at all. If you're doing it yourself, You're better off using a liquid and letting it dry before letting them out to free range, but the formula my exterminator uses doesn't harm them.  I'd stay away from granules, because the chickens will probably try to eat them.

Just look for a formula that is safe for chickens (You may have to call the company and ask).

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We spray for mosquitoes using the Cutter Backyard Free concentrate 2.  We spray after they come out of the trees in the morning and head for shade.  We have not had a problem.  And, he DID NOT read the directions and ruined my fig tree this year.  I can't harvest them this year.  barnie

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Hi I have used corn meal on my ant hills for years and its seems to do the trick.They say they bring it to the queen and it kills her.Im not really sure if they just pack up and move to another location or it does indeed kill them.

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I have had people say using vinegar on ants works...they used this as an organic application, not wanting to get into the 'pesticide scene'.  ep

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I got some of the Raid Outdoor Ant Spikes and its not possible for the chickens to access the bait. http://www.killsbugsdead.com/fop_o_as.asp

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