Ants in the coop!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by hensofburgoyne, Jun 19, 2017.

  1. hensofburgoyne

    hensofburgoyne Out Of The Brooder

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    Went out tonite to put my girls to bed and...ANTS. They seemed only out the outside, but I don't want them taking over inside as well. We did just have a massive storm come thru, but I'm concerned.

    We've had a huge problem with ants through the property this year, and I really don't want them to get established in the coop.

    Any ideas?!
     
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  2. gamebirdsonly

    gamebirdsonly Overrun With Chickens

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    My chickens would just eat them.:)
     
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  3. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 Overrun With Chickens

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    DE (food grade) inside & outside perimeter.
     
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  4. hensofburgoyne

    hensofburgoyne Out Of The Brooder

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    gamebirdsonly: I'm hoping! I mean, silly as it sounds, my major concern is if the ants pose any risk of harm to the chickens.

    ChickNanny13: thanks. Might even use that elsewhere if it works. It's just kinda crazy how bad the ants are this year!!!
     
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  5. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 Overrun With Chickens

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    I sprinkle it all around the base of my house, Hubby would complain cause it's white & very visible but not anymore. My brother mixed some in a sprayer & sprays it on all his plants, leaves a white film but results are good. It'll wash away with rain/water but I've noticed since I sprinkle the base of our house regularly, it does leave a residue that's a plus. I dust my chickens with it, dust my container that I keep my feed in and if you feed Flock Raiser, it's in the ingredients as a mite prevention.
     
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  6. Sara Ranch

    Sara Ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chickens eat the ants that venture into the chicken coop. My ducks eat the ants that venture onto the front porch area and on the deck. :)

    I wouldn't worry about it. Cornstarch is another good thing to sprinkle around to get rid of ants. Safe for all animals, I believe, but it does a great job getting rid of ants and other small insects.
     
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  7. mickeymushroom

    mickeymushroom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    food grade DE. Yup don't forget to sprinkle it into the nest boxes and any dust bathing areas... some of these tiny ants bite:(. I would think they would dine on them though. You can get it at TSC.
     
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  8. jolly wattles

    jolly wattles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As a lot of people on here state, I have tried DE and it hasn't worked. And is dangerous if inhaled. I now use permethrin spray on the chickens and and anywhere there's insects. Stuff is great and leaves a residue for 30 days. It's also very cheap. 8 dollars for a small bottle of concentrate. Mix 1 teaspoon for a quart of water. One quart will cover the complete inside of the coop and 10 chickens and still have some left in the quart sprayer.
     
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  9. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 Overrun With Chickens

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    DE does get dusty & not good to inhale so I use a dust mask & careful when dusting the girls. Also they have an open air enclosure so not worried about ventilation. Will look into the Spray although I really don't like using chemicals unless I must, then again DE could be considered a "chemical"
     
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