ANTS!!! what to do?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by dixiechick, Jul 20, 2008.

  1. dixiechick

    dixiechick Songster

    What might be the best way to rid our coops of ants without doing harm to my flock?[​IMG]
  2. coffeelady3

    coffeelady3 Froths Milk for Hard Cash

    Jun 26, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
    I'm shocked that the chickens haven't eaten the ants. Mine love them! They would be stoked to have breakfast delivered every morning!
  3. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

    Feb 4, 2007
    Leesville, SC
  4. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
    DE seems to do the trick LOL....had alot of picnic ants wanting to come in the house and I spread some DE on the landing and never had any coming in now!
  5. d_rooster

    d_rooster Songster

    Mar 19, 2007
    North Augusta, SC
    Yesterday,morning I had ants coming after chicken food in the chicken/tractor coop. I bought some of those plastic ant bait traps and they seem to have worked within 8 hours. I don't really like using any poisons near my chickens, but I had to act fast as I had new baby chicks in that coop and I didn't want them to be the next meal for the ants. I pretty much felt that any spray pesticide was unwise as birds have very sensitive respiratory systems and I didn't want to risk killing the chicks. At least the poison in the bait traps is inaccessible to the chicks. However, momma hen (Silkie) had pulled one bait trap under her as if it were an egg by the time I got home from work.

    I wish I had thought about the Diatomaceous Earth (DE), but I didn't know where I could buy that locally at 7:30 a.m. in the morning before going off to work for the day. I plan to seek out a local source of DE for future rapid deployment on ants or other pest insects.

    ~Donald in SC

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by: