Ants in the coop? Suggestions?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by NoSleepTillBrooklyn, Jun 25, 2011.

  1. NoSleepTillBrooklyn

    NoSleepTillBrooklyn Out Of The Brooder

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    I have some ants may or may not be fire ants. Either way, they are in the coop, but don't appear to be bothering the chickens yet. I'd like to get this under control before that happens. I'm looking into food grade Diatomaceous Earth and boric acid. Does anyone have experience and can say one way or the other? From older threads a lot of people presented a problem, but didn't come back to say what worked. oops! [​IMG]

    If you have suggestions, I'd love to hear them. Plan on getting something tomorrow at Home Depot.

    Thanks.
     
  2. XxKiki_Bantam_BreederxX

    XxKiki_Bantam_BreederxX Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I love DE. It works wonders! As for the other, I've Never used it.

    Good Luck! [​IMG]
     
  3. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    Quote:Use sevin dust.
     
  4. BrattishTaz

    BrattishTaz Roo Magnet

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    I use DE. [​IMG] Make sure it is food grade. I've had an employee at Lowe's try to give me pool grade saying it is the same thing. It is not. I have to get it from my local feedstore.
     
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  5. geebs

    geebs Lovin' the Lowriders!

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    Ants can attack babies and sleeping chickens... I would erradicate them.
     
  6. flowergirl60

    flowergirl60 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Food grade DE worked for me.
     
  7. greenkalki

    greenkalki Out Of The Brooder

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    Try putting some chickens in your coop... I hear they eat bugs.[​IMG]
    ...Seriously, DE is the way to go... I wouldn't trust anything else around my birds. But if they aren't fire ants, they're probably doing more good than harm.
     
  8. SentryFE

    SentryFE Out Of The Brooder

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    Termdor SC will wipe out ants and it last a long time as in years.
     
  9. snowflake

    snowflake Chillin' With My Peeps

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    after you get rid of the ants try planting mint around the coop ant's are not supposed to like it. fever few is supposed to ward off mite's, I plan to plant mint and fever few all around my coop put in grown plants and protect till they take hold.
     
  10. NoSleepTillBrooklyn

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    I've started with a boiling bath for the nest, (at least I think it was the nest....looked busy and a big hole!) then followed up with food grade DE. So far so good. Thanks everyone!!!
     

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