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Ants in my coop. Please help!!!!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by anm805, May 24, 2011.

  1. anm805

    anm805 Out Of The Brooder

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    I am having a hard time finding the oils anywhere near me. I went to Lowe's today and picked up some Hot Shot Natural Ant & Roach killer. It has Lemongrass oil, water, mineral oil, wintergreen oil, isopropyl alcohol, carbon dioxide, polygycerol oleate, sodium benzoate.


    Was wondering if anyone had experience with the insecticide in or around their chicken coops.

    Thanks again for any help in advance.
     
  2. bryan99705

    bryan99705 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Why don't the chickens handle them. Had a infested rotten stump in a new area of the yard, in one day the ants are gone and the stump was pecked to dust. and that was with less than a dozen chickens. If there is too many ants , you might look into a few guineas
     
  3. anm805

    anm805 Out Of The Brooder

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    They are 2 months old and are avoiding the ants. It's a small coop so I won't be able to have any more than 4 chickens.
     
  4. Shireshome

    Shireshome Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Orange oil is the best thing I have found for ants. Here is a product that works really well. http://www.ecowise.com/product_info.php?products_id=185 Also you can just get a plain old bottle of orangle oil from the health food store and dump it over the mound but if you have several problem areas it would be cheaper to get the spray. Good luck.
     
  5. Chainsaw385

    Chainsaw385 Out Of The Brooder

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    Mix sugar and Borax 50-50

    Kills a whole colony in a couple days..........never used it around chickens put a little bowl under the coup that the chickens can't get into will do the trick
     
  6. aggie9296

    aggie9296 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There's nothing in that spray that sound bad around chickens.
     
  7. mjuenem

    mjuenem Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Plus, it'll make your chickens fire resistant!
     
  8. mjuenem

    mjuenem Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ants are heading for food. Follow them and remove/relocate the food. No more ants.
     
  9. anm805

    anm805 Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Plus, it'll make your chickens fire resistant!

    mjuenem

    Okay I am not sure if I should laugh or what. Thought this was hilarious. lol

    Thanks everyone for your help. I sprayed it while the chickens were out in the yard. Will update tomorrow!
     
    Last edited: May 24, 2011
  10. P-Funk

    P-Funk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Plus, it'll make your chickens fire resistant!

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