Fire ants count as pests to me.

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by TeaChick, Jul 29, 2013.

  1. TeaChick

    TeaChick Overrun With Chickens

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    We have fire ant nests in our yard and we free range our chickens. I've tried to convince them that they are BACK yard chickens, but they insist that, not only are they FRONT yard chickens, sometimes they are front STEP chickens. :\
    Anyway...

    We have an excellent method for controlling the fire ants; it is a spot treatment recipe that a neighbor gave us. I've lived with fire ants for over 30 years and I've never seen anything work better; HOWEVER, the recipe includes corn meal and... You guessed it... we can't keep the chickens out of it. I've tried laundry baskets, but I couldn't think of anything else that would allow the rain to wash away the poisoned corn meal after the mound was dead.
    We have gone back to using just the powder poison; the chickens stay out of that. The problem is that without the rest of the recipe, the ants just move around.

    ANY ideas would be welcomed.
    Thanks In Advance! :)
    EDIT TO ADD: Ive gotten several repies suggesting Amdro. We have been using Ortho and that just causes them to move around; consequently, we end up just chasing them around the yard. Can anyone tell me how the Amdro granules is different from the Ortho pwder?
     
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  2. chfite

    chfite Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Something that I have used in the past to control fire ants is malathion. I would mix a gallon bucket of it and carefully pour it right down the center of the mound.

    Chris
     
  3. My chickens like the side yards and sometimes part of the front yard. Funny the neighbors yard is sometimes luring them over. Yikes. Neighbors are friends so all is good.

    The cornmeal will spoil eventually to the point they won't to eat it......HOPEFULLY! Like you, I have experienced that chickens do not eat or mess with the poisons like Ortho Fire Ant Killer.

    Wish ya the best.
     
  4. TeaChick

    TeaChick Overrun With Chickens

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    Thanks! My husband said we can get that. I remember hearing my grandpa talk about that; his dad ran a nursery (flowers) and used it "all the time".
    Thanks, Chris! :)
     
  5. TeaChick

    TeaChick Overrun With Chickens

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    Thankfully, our chickens stay in our yard. Good ur neighbors r friends!

    Yeah, Ortho or smthg like it is what we use.
    The problem w/ the corn meal.is keeping the chickens out of it. :-/

    Thanks. :)
     
  6. Hopefully the remaining cornmeal will spoil soon. I think it would only take a week (if not a couple days) or so to become rancid outside. That is what one can hope anyways.
     
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  7. weezilgirl

    weezilgirl Out Of The Brooder

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    I use Amdro. It is tiny granules and I've had great success with it. If I'm really mad at them. (bite me) and they aren't near the house, I pour gasoline down the hole and burn their little bits. I rarely do it and it gives me great satisfaction watching them die.
     
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  8. MalMom

    MalMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I totally read that as, "Fire ants count as PETS to me" [​IMG]
     
  9. TeaChick

    TeaChick Overrun With Chickens

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    I think the brand of fire ant killer we use is Ortho. At any rate, I'll talk to my husband about Amdro granules. Thanks!
    :)
    Dh has done the gasoline thing before. I'll mention that too. :)
     
  10. TeaChick

    TeaChick Overrun With Chickens

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    Yeah, um, no. rotf!!! I'm a native Floridian, so..... NEVER. But funny, yes.
     

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