Fire Ants

blmack

Chirping
8 Years
Jan 4, 2012
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2
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Pace, FL
How do I control fire ants without harming my chickens? My flock free ranges on my property and so do the ants!
 

chfite

Songster
8 Years
Jun 7, 2011
2,171
111
214
Taylors, SC
Depending upon the area they share, it may not be a problem. We have fire ants in the front yard, outside of the fenced area used by the chickens. The ants don't come inside, from what I can tell.

To control fire ants, that is to keep them somewhere that is not a problem for me, I physically damage the mound several days in a row. Generally, they move elsewhere.

Our truce agreement is they can build in the flower bed, but not in the grass.

In the past, I have had success with a dose of Malathion in a bucket of water carefully poured into the center of the mound. This treatment usually kills the colony, but they are persistent and another mound will eventually develop in another location. I don't know if this means that not all the ants died, so the colony recovered, or if another colony moved in.

Chris
 
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