I went out to check on my quail who are about 4-6 weeks old and they were in a wire cage which was off the ground and the 7 babies were covered with fire ants. I felt so bad, what a painful horrible death. I've put DE out, I've been making a boric acid trap for ants. I've been boiling water and putting it on the ant hills as I find them - (it does work). I have in the past put gasoline on them. Does anybody have any other tips or advice on how to get rid of ants? With the drought we've had for the past 3 years, they are very very bad. Anywhere there's water, even watering my garden, they come. DE - does that work when it gets wet? Or does that cancel it out?