Ants in the coop!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Fluttering-about, Jul 14, 2017.

  1. Fluttering-about

    Fluttering-about In the Brooder

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    We live in Texas, Houston area. I am constantly battling tiny tiny evil ants that BITE!!
    While cleaning out my coop today I noticed a whole bunch of them against one wall. I couldn't seem to find where they are coming from, maybe inside the run under the coop?

    Help!! What do I do???
     
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  2. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Crowing

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    Probably fire-ants. I spray them with permethrin. But I am sure other things would work. I use a liquid so the chickens do not get/eat it.
     
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  3. GC-Raptor

    GC-Raptor Crowing

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    I use this, 20170503_091221.jpg I put it at the bottom of door openings and around bottom edge of floor. It works for me. GC
     
  4. Fluttering-about

    Fluttering-about In the Brooder

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    I used the spray, it seems to have worked so far. When I spray, should I not let my chickens back in for a while? Is it bad for them?
    Someone told me that I can spray it directly ON the chickens to prevent mites and such because they spend most of the day out of their coop.
     
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  5. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Crowing

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    Yea, a lot of people spray their chickens with it. I stir the ant nest to get them active so the spray gets on more of them. I do not hold the chickens back----but that's your call.
     
  6. Fluttering-about

    Fluttering-about In the Brooder

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    Thanks everyone! I sprayed, and it seems to have worked. But I don't want to jinx myself!!
    Today is coop cleaning
     
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