How do you kill Fire Ants? (and not hurt your chickens)

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by hambor, Mar 30, 2008.

  1. hambor

    hambor Hatching

    Mar 24, 2008
    What is the best thing to do to kill Fire Ants??!!!
    They're everywhere.
    Please help.
    We usually use Amdro and it works great, but now with the chickens I am afraid to use it and how long after you do use it can you allow chickens to be in the area?

    DENALI Songster

    Feb 27, 2008
    With a magnifying glass [​IMG]
  3. opihiman911

    opihiman911 Songster

    Mar 19, 2007
    I regularly use molassas as an organic fertalizer adjuct. I have read several places that molassas poured on fire ant mounds will drive then away. Won't kill them, but just makes the move. I've never done it or seen it work (we luckily don't fire ants in Hawaii), but my father who lives in Texas says it works.
    Here are two articles about using molassas and fire ants. Give it a try and let us know.
  4. hambor

    hambor Hatching

    Mar 24, 2008
    Denali, is that a joke or would that work on the whole mound and get it really hot and kill them or would they just run away?
  5. Justino

    Justino ♪♫ Rockin' Rooster ♪♫

    Dec 21, 2007
    Quote:[​IMG] i think it was a joke considering the" [​IMG] "
    drown em maybe? smash them, burn them do something! Lol
    oh wait heres a good one....throw a gernade in the hole LOL
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  6. Citychick

    Citychick Songster

    Jan 31, 2007
    I've read that uncooked grits will kill em. Makes them implode. Also I've read that borax and white sugar mixed and sprinkled on the mound will kill them. Good luck!
  7. opihiman911

    opihiman911 Songster

    Mar 19, 2007
    well now if you are talking about torturing them and burning them, we uses to pour gasoline into their nests and let it soak down into the nest. Light a gas trail and it was a little underground explosion. Throw thousands of ant and dirt in the air and made a cool fireball
    Probally not very effective and not good for the environment, but it was entertaining to a bunch of teenage boys [​IMG]

  8. CarolynE

    CarolynE In the Brooder

    Mar 9, 2008
    Las Vegas, NV
    I don't know about fire ants, but to kill plain old red ants around our place I pour boiling water into each mound. That seems to do the trick.
  9. airmom1c05

    airmom1c05 Songster

    Feb 3, 2008
    Raymond, Mississippi
    Wish I could say food grade diatomaceous earth works, but I've been experimenting, and it doesn't work well. If you use Amdro, just don't let your chickens free range until it has rained several times, and you should be OK. I'm using Ortho or Orthene dust fireant killer at the advice of my county agent. I still won't let my chickens free range near the mounds (even though they seem to stay away from fireants after one bite) until it rains several times. Best wishes. I have them EVERYWHERE, too! [​IMG]

    Btw, I tried the grits years ago, and they didn't work. The fire ants just appeared to be fatter! REALLY! [​IMG]
  10. Dixiedoodle

    Dixiedoodle Songster

    Apr 14, 2007
    I used the DE with good results but you have to keep at it for three or four weeks. I sprinkled it into the mound and stir it up and leave it for a week then do it again. The DE kills the larva.

    PS- Please don't mix it with something sweet that might attract the honeybees...

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