How to safely use pesticide around chickens?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Dace, Jul 2, 2009.

  1. Dace

    Dace Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 17, 2008
    I have a serious ant problem and need to spray or dust the perimeter of the house. The trouble is that my chickens occasionally get out, not often but that they can needs to be a consideration...and we let them out of the run in the late afternoon to eat up some bugs.

    I have got to stop the flow of ants into my house! What can I use that will not harm my chickens. if anything?
  2. Barry

    Barry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Let your chickens take care of the problem! My chickens love ants! Let them at them and you will soon be with out any ants crawling around.
  3. azelgin

    azelgin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 18, 2008
    S.E. AZ
    Quote:You must have better tasting ants than I do. My chickens won't touch them. I usually put out a little Amdro (sp?) at night. Ants harvest based on temperature, not time of day. If I see any poison left in the morning, I cover the mound with a scrap piece of plywood, until it's all gone. I still haven't figured out how to deal with the really tiny ants that don't like Amdro.[​IMG]
  4. citrusdreams

    citrusdreams Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2009
    I have the outside area exterminated once a month, and it doesn't bother the chickens or chicks at all. If you're doing it yourself, You're better off using a liquid and letting it dry before letting them out to free range, but the formula my exterminator uses doesn't harm them. I'd stay away from granules, because the chickens will probably try to eat them.

    Just look for a formula that is safe for chickens (You may have to call the company and ask).
  5. GaNewChick

    GaNewChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2009
    McDonough, Ga.
    We spray for mosquitoes using the Cutter Backyard Free concentrate 2. We spray after they come out of the trees in the morning and head for shade. We have not had a problem. And, he DID NOT read the directions and ruined my fig tree this year. I can't harvest them this year. [​IMG]
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  6. SacandagaGardener

    SacandagaGardener New Egg

    Jul 1, 2009
    Hi I have used corn meal on my ant hills for years and its seems to do the trick.They say they bring it to the queen and it kills her.Im not really sure if they just pack up and move to another location or it does indeed kill them.
  7. chicksalot

    chicksalot Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 20, 2008
    I have had people say using vinegar on ants works...they used this as an organic application, not wanting to get into the 'pesticide scene'. [​IMG]
  8. eaganchickens

    eaganchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 21, 2008
  9. FLminifarm

    FLminifarm Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 3, 2016
    I would love some input on this as well. We have small and large ants everywhere. So far the chickens are not eating many of them (they are still young) and I worry that they will get into the coop and harm them. I have tried cornmeal and vinegar and baking soda and boiling water. Nothing works. The ants still manage to survive and keep coming back!! :( I have not tried DE yet, but if that doesn't work I may have to call my local pest control guy...just wondering what sprays are safe around chickens and gardens...
  10. Folly's place

    Folly's place Chicken Obsessed

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    I don't worry about outside ants, and only would work on termites (for sure!) coming in, or that ant colony that wants to share my home. Then I use product according to the label inside, and at the house foundation. Only permethrin is approved for use around chickens, and then only at approved percentages, as on the label. DE corn meal, etc, might help, but still, serious home invaders need serious treatments, and outside critters need to be left alone. Mary

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