Ants!!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Hennyhandler, May 12, 2010.

  1. Hennyhandler

    Hennyhandler SilkieJax

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    I have found that ants are in the coop! [​IMG] At first it was just one or two and now there is little hills in the poo, like they are building in it. What options do I have to stop this? I think I have some bug stuff that is for coops but if I don't what options do ya'll have. I figure even if I do have some, someones idea might be a better choice so please feel free to list experience with the evil things.

    By the way, my chickens don't seem to have the appetite for ants so that's a no go. [​IMG]
     
  2. lizzy06019

    lizzy06019 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would try food grade DE (diatomaceous earth) [​IMG] I love the stuff!!
     
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  3. Lothiriel

    Lothiriel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    You should try sprinkling DE (diatomaceous earth) around your coop. Maybe focus particularly on the area under the roosts where there's more poops. If you don't want to do DE, Sevin is a good alternative. [​IMG]
     
  4. tuesdays chicks

    tuesdays chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:where do you get that? and do you know if it gets rid of red ants?
     
  5. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    Sevin dust works too!
     
  6. geebs

    geebs Lovin' the Lowriders!

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    [​IMG] ooops
     
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  7. geebs

    geebs Lovin' the Lowriders!

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    yep and feed your chickens cinnamon.... That really helps... ants hate cinnamon. It messes with their olifactory senses... that should keep them out of the poo since it will contain cinnamon. You can spray orange oil around also...onto wood surfaces also.. They hate that or use Peppermint oil.. that works for rodents also. Be careful w/the peppemint because it isn't good for cats... so if that is problem too..... well [​IMG]
     
  8. Kikiriki

    Kikiriki Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes DE works, but it has to contact the ants and moisture allows the ants to survive so it does not work in rain or after a rain and it washes away or into the soil.

    I did some research for pesticide free treatments.  Found a texas site that linked to a PDF with lots of studies for both home remedies/ non pesticides and pesticides. A few studies looked at insecticdal soaps...the best acting included 2% of orange oil.

    However the highest kill rate (100%) came from solutions of water mixed either with Murphy's Oil Soap (1/2 to 1/2 to it was expensive), or concentrated cold pressed orange oil (6oz to a gallon). A review on Amazon said the user mixed 1/2 cup to three gallons of water in a five gallon bucket.

    I am having a major infestation, so I just ordered 2 bottles for myself. 

    Amazon link to reviews that discuss using orange oil for ants, as well as for other purposes:

    http://www.amazon.com/Natures-Wisdo...rtBy=bySubmissionDateDescending#R7MMEG7CPK1R9

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    Link to Texas research PDF:

    http://fireant.tamu.edu/research/projects/pdf/urbanipmhandbook2007edited.pdf

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    Evaluation of Soaps and Oils, Murphy’s Oil Soap, QRD400, Canadian Petroleum Products Formulations Lawn 1 and 2
    Bastiaan M. Drees and Bill Summerlin
    Texas Cooperative Extension, Texas A&M University System, College Station, TX

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    Insecticidal Soap and Orange Oil Toxicity to Red Imported Fire Ant Workers: Development of a “Home Remedy” Recipe for Use as an Ant Mound Drench Treatment
    Bastiaan M. Drees and Bill Summerlin
    Texas Cooperative Extension, Texas A&M University System, College Station, TX
     
  9. Kikiriki

    Kikiriki Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A study looked at cinnamon in the link in my other post...direct application increased mound activity. Orange oil worked grat, though...
     
  10. SouthernAlberta

    SouthernAlberta Chillin' With My Peeps

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    After reading this thread I decided to try cinnamon oil (which I already keep as an air freshener) on ant hills on my patio which is next to my teeny coop. It worked like a charm! I have sprinkled it on the stones around my outdoor furniture hoping the cinnamon will deter ants from biting our toes. I've sprinkled it around the coop and run, too, not in it. WARNING: Cinnamon oil will burn your skin. It smells good, but it is not a perfume. I'll keep you posted on how it works after entertaining on the patio tonight. If cinnamon oil isn't the secret, I'll try buying orange oil next.

    Thank you for this.
     
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