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How to get rid of ants in and around my coop and run.

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Now that its summer time in southern CA, the dang ants are out and looking for food and water. I have to fight these things every summer soming into my house and such. But now they are invadeing my chicken coop. I keep everything as clean as posable. But they come in for the water. I have hens sitting in the coops so I cant not have water and food in there.

So my question is, does anyone know of something that is safe to use around my coop and run to get rid of these things??

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I think Diatemaceous Earth (sp?) will help control them and as long as it is food grade, it is safe for you chickens.

Shelly, child of God, Wife to Scott, mother to three beautiful daughters, one bunny, 15 hens and 4 baby chicks!
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Shelly, child of God, Wife to Scott, mother to three beautiful daughters, one bunny, 15 hens and 4 baby chicks!
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post #3 of 10

You can use Seven 5% under the bedding of the coop and even around the coop, it safe for chickens. I use it and it works well. I have never had any luck with DE and ants. I have also found Orange Oil will kill them also. I mix a few cap fulls in a gallon of water or spayer and soak the mound or spray on the ants. You could also get a few Guineas they eat ants like crazzy.

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I have food grade DE in the sand in the run and in the pine shavings in the coop. And I still have ants. sad So I think the sevin dust may be the answer for me IF they annoy me too much. smile

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cornmeal, they will eat it, but they can't digest it.  It will blow them up, w/o using chemicals.

                                    Hi, my name is Maria.  I have 2 dogs, a cat, and not enough chickens. 

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                                    Hi, my name is Maria.  I have 2 dogs, a cat, and not enough chickens. 

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post #6 of 10

perpermint oil in a line around the coop they wont cross the line.

Happy mother, 1 beautiful husband, three amazing boys 7,8,10 and two wonderful girls 18,10. A playful Pitt Bull girl(Pie), 1Bearded Dragon (Chicken), and four lovely chickens, 1Barred Rock(Amelia), 1RIR(Volcano) 1 Buff orpington (Marigold)  and 1 Blue Andalusian (Snuggles)! and a house turkey named Firkee!

 
 
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Happy mother, 1 beautiful husband, three amazing boys 7,8,10 and two wonderful girls 18,10. A playful Pitt Bull girl(Pie), 1Bearded Dragon (Chicken), and four lovely chickens, 1Barred Rock(Amelia), 1RIR(Volcano) 1 Buff orpington (Marigold)  and 1 Blue Andalusian (Snuggles)! and a house turkey named Firkee!

 
 
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post #7 of 10

Holy crap. I feel your pain. Last year when my hen was sitting they were all up UNDER her nest box and even around the eggs and such. I was so mad. I tried to keep it as clean as possible too.

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Small kitchen flock of 2 Welsummer hens, 2 SLW hens, and 2 Production Red hens.

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"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way in which its animals are treated"

 

Small kitchen flock of 2 Welsummer hens, 2 SLW hens, and 2 Production Red hens.

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post #8 of 10

i am having the same problem, they are all in the pen a coop hiding under the water feeder

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So my question is, does anyone know of something that is safe to use around my coop and run to get rid of these things??

You say AROUND your coop and run.  Ortho has a product called Orthene that kills ants like crazy.  The active ingredient is "acephate".  There are several companies now producing "acephate" now that the patent has expired.  It completely disappears after 7 days.  It would be necessary to either apply it AROUND the coop and run or move your birds for 7 days if you apply it inside the coop and run.

 

The ants walk through the powder and carry some back into the nests killing the queen and all other ants in there.  Just apply it where they must travel through the powder to get inside.  Fire ants here in Louisiana are a terrible problem.  This product has been very effective in keeping ants off of my animals and grandchildren.

Married 40 years. Great wife, 4 sons, 12 grandchildren! 

 

2 Welsummers, 2 Lemon Cuckoo Orpingtons, 3 Birchen Marans, 3 Blue Copper Marans, 3 Golden Cuckoo Marans and a pair of Blue Orpingtons. 

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Married 40 years. Great wife, 4 sons, 12 grandchildren! 

 

2 Welsummers, 2 Lemon Cuckoo Orpingtons, 3 Birchen Marans, 3 Blue Copper Marans, 3 Golden Cuckoo Marans and a pair of Blue Orpingtons. 

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post #10 of 10
Is seven safe for all pets? I thought that was pretty hardcore stuff.
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