Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by LivingFate, Jun 16, 2008.

  1. LivingFate

    LivingFate In the Brooder

    May 18, 2008
    I have an acre of land and it is INFESTED with ants! There are ant hills EVERYWHERE!!!!! Ants in the house ... How do I get rid of them????? I have kids, dogs, cats, chickens, so MUST be non toxic! Or minimal toxicity...
  2. chikkinlittlesc

    chikkinlittlesc Songster

    Jun 9, 2008
    South Carolina
    I use Dawn Dish Detergent. I buy the big Non-Ultra bottles at Dollar General for $2.00. I squeeze a generous amount over the ant hill and spray with the water hose to make a foam. The next day, all you see is a big pile of dead ants. If I cannot reach them with a waterhose, I put the detergent in a bucket and add enough water to foam it up. I pour the foam over the ant hill and the next day........dead ants. You may have to treat the hills a couple of times, but it works. I am not sure exactly how it works. I have been told that it removes the oils from their bodies and therefore they have no body protection. Ants use scent to communicate and the detergent takes that away as well. Also, you can use it around your chickens and not have to worry. It is also inexpensive. It also works on aphids on rose bushes. Just mix it up in a spray bottle. Just don't spray the bushes during the heat of the day.[​IMG]
  3. bluedog

    bluedog Songster

    Jan 31, 2008
    East KY
    chikkinlittlesc...... i am going to try that one [​IMG]
  4. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    It might just suffocate them, too. Ants "breathe" through their shells. Cover them with foam & they suffocate.

    Or so goes my theory! [​IMG]
  5. ibpboo

    ibpboo Where Chickens Ride Horses

    Jul 9, 2007
    always changing
    I put grant's ant stakes around my house. I push the stake part into the ground and have the hole facing towards the house so no animals can accidentally get to it, but I haven't had any problems with the chickens trying to eat it or anything.
  6. Linda in San Diego

    Linda in San Diego Songster

    May 11, 2008
    San Diego
    We are new to chickens but have been raising parrots for ages. Bug sprays will kill our birds so we were desperate to find something safe around our feathered kids. We found a spray called Camicide. We can sometimes purchase it at feed stores, but it can be found online, it is also available at our local bird store.

    It is safe around birds, apparently it can even be sprayed on birds without any harm. It is not safe around snakes though. Once applied across a threshold, ants don't cross for a good week. It is expensive, but does wonders for the ant problem.

    The Delightful Dozen's run and coop are ant free and they have just eradicated the ants nearest their coop - love it! No spray needed around my DDozen! They are the bomb!
  7. Half-a-dozen

    Half-a-dozen Songster

    May 26, 2007
    Quote:Is it only Dawn you can use or any dish soap?
  8. chikkinlittlesc

    chikkinlittlesc Songster

    Jun 9, 2008
    South Carolina
    I am sure you could probably use any kind. I use Dawn because it really good on grease and oil. Also, I get the Non-Ultra because it it inexpensive. Most ant killer costs a fortune and most of the time, it just makes the ants move to another spot. I use it on my clothes too if I happen to be cooking and get grease splattered on me. I just treat the spot with Dawn and throw it in the washer. [​IMG]
  9. kees

    kees Songster

    Feb 5, 2008
    I've tried to dish detergent thing also and it does work.

    I've tried DE but really don't know if that worked or not.

    I know that ants from different colonies will kill each other but I don't want to spend the time transporting workers from one to the other.
  10. LilRalphieRoosmama

    LilRalphieRoosmama Officially Quacked

    Oct 15, 2007
    Elyria, OH
    My yard is infested with ants too - the little ones. I can't work in a flowerbed without being bit. With all the rain we've had, they decided to come inside. Dogfood bowl was nothing but ants - yuck. I used Raid around my baseboards but have been researching natural ways to kill them outside. Can't use chemicals because of the dogs.

    I read to place little piles of boric acid mixed with some sugar or honey. They take it back to the nest and the boric acid kills them. Also read to try uncooked grits. I guess once they eat it, it swells up and they explode. The boric acid is supposedly safe in small quantities around larger animals. Not sure about chickens.

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