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Ant killer.....

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by nharbison0722, Jul 3, 2016.

  1. nharbison0722

    nharbison0722 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi everyone, I posted about this very early on, but wanted to double check. A few months ago, BEFORE chickens came into my life, I had put out quite a bit of Fire Ant killer. Then we had torrential rains here in Texas and floods and so on. I'm hoping that the ant killer had been washed away and is not a concern for my beautiful chicks who love to eat the grass. Obviously, if I'd known that I was going to get into this crazy beautiful world of chickens, and be taken over by ravenous chicken math- I never would have used the ant killer or ANY pesticides for that matter. Any thoughts or suggestions? Are my chickens going to be alright? It's been about 2 months or more and like I said we had tons of heavy rains and flooding.
    Please help!
    Thanks again and take care![​IMG]
     
  2. Pendragonz

    Pendragonz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As much rain as you guys have had in TX, I would think the pesticides have washed away a LONG time ago. You should be fine. If you hadn't had all that rain I might be concerned.
     
  3. ukrkoz

    ukrkoz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not sure what that poison is but if it's water soluble, it is likely long time gone.
    Ad hoc, I do not use any of them. Borax mixed with sugar powder 50/50 is MUCH less toxic and works on any ants very well.
     
  4. nharbison0722

    nharbison0722 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for replying! Yeah, I figured it wAs ok, they've been out there eating the grass for 6 days now and nothing's hAppened. Thanks for the advice!
     
  5. nharbison0722

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    It was ortho granules. It said it was safe for pets to go into the yard after it was watered in and dried. Well, with all the rain and now the intense heat- it should be long gone. Now I just need to keep the ants AWAY naturally. Plan on using diatomaceous earth if I can, and if it works. I'll try the borax/powder sugar too.
    Thanks for the advice!
     
  6. ukrkoz

    ukrkoz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Borax has never failed. We just rid of piss ants at the new place we bought. 3 days - boom, gone. I have Borax all over basement now, as precaution, also it went onto several ant mounds we found in the property.
    You don't really need sugar, as as far as Borax gets onto them, it's done. But sugar or syrup attracts them. Then they take it back home and to queen, and that's it.
     
  7. nharbison0722

    nharbison0722 Out Of The Brooder

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    Very cool info! I'm definitely gonna try that. I'd like to find something to keep them AWAY! I've already rid the yard of most of them, obviously with chemicals. But now I'm all natural. Have you heard of diatomaceous earth? It's all natural and will kill anything with an exoskeleton, or anything that crawls over it. It's all natural, non toxic and food grade- some people swear by swallowing a tsp of it mixed in water. Supposedly good for the digestive system.
     
  8. ukrkoz

    ukrkoz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sure, try it. Just add some salt and peanuts to it, for better taste. just kidding.
    Couple lb box of Borax is $4 at Winco.
    Btw, boric acid was used as drops in ophthalmology. That's how safe it is.


     
    Last edited: Jul 4, 2016
  9. nharbison0722

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    Very cool.....
    I'll definitely give it a try!
     
  10. Chickens-2016

    Chickens-2016 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi,

    I have the same problem with Ants...where do you use the Borex? outside the coop right?
    what if they are inside the coop? How is this handled.
     

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