Safe Ant Killer

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by JeStoneIV, Apr 28, 2010.

  1. JeStoneIV

    JeStoneIV In the Brooder

    Jul 6, 2009
    Southwest, FL
    I'd like to treat my yard for fire ants (live in southwest Florida). Can anybody recommend a chicken friendly ant killer? I let the chickens out of their run to run around my yard and eat fresh green grass and bugs and stuff. Plus my son likes to run around with them. But I need to get rid of the ants.
  2. andbab

    andbab Songster

    I don't know if it would work for fire ants but I use mint to get rid of ants. It doesn't kill them but they move away. They can't stand the smell of it, I don't know why but it worked for me. Mint plants or mint extract either worked.
  3. HaulnFetch

    HaulnFetch Chirping

    Jun 18, 2009
    Strawberry Plains, TN
    This was just in the Chicken Keeping Secrets newsletter I subscribe to:

    "How is the best way to kill fire ants around chickens and
    chicks?" ~ Judy Goodwin

    Hi Judy,

    Thanks for the question.

    You might recall that we own a pest control company so this
    question is right up my husband's alley.

    Although there are numerous all natural home remedies touted
    across the internet and in books, understand that a large portion
    of our income each summer comes from people who have tried all
    these home remedies and still have ants.

    In other words, I hope you were not looking for a solution that
    included sprinkling baking powder inside the ant hill.

    My husband's recommendation is Amdro Ant Block.

    Make sure to get the Ant Block and not the Fire Ant bait (don't
    ask, just trust him on this, the Ant Block is more effective than
    the Fire Ant bait).

    It is a non-restricted use material available at most hardware

    It is the most effective thing he's seen for fire ants in 20
    years in the business.

    To be effective it must be used in a particular way; the bait is
    sprinkled around the outside of the ant hill, making sure to not
    disturb the ants. The ants then pick it up and take it down into
    the colony. You cannot put it directly down the ant hill.

    This poses a problem if your chickens are free ranging though as
    you don't want them to eat the bait.

    If the hill(s) are outside an area where you can confine your
    flock for 24 hours, you're all set.

    Just put out the bait, confine the chickens and within 24 hours
    the ants should have removed all the bait.

    More often than not, chickens will eat ants, even fire ants.
    Based upon some research I did, it seems that most flocks love

    However, there was the occasional flock that avoided them. I'm
    starting to wonder if avoiding them is a cultural thing (the
    culture of the individual flock I mean,) similar to laying eggs
    outside a nest box.
  4. katharinad

    katharinad Overrun with chickens

    Mint and laurel leaves. Their oils is what ants hate. Mint grows like weed and fast. You can grow it with your chicks or grow it separately and cut up the leaves and spread onto the soil.
  5. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

    Nov 27, 2008
    Glen St Mary, Florida
    I've read here that some BYC'ers out in Texas use DE with success. I havnt tried it as it's been chilly here for fire ant mounds yet.
  6. D'Angelo N Va.

    D'Angelo N Va. Songster

    Dec 28, 2009
    have you tried guineas? they are good at keeping ticks away, they might be good at keeping ants away as well.
  7. BankerJohn

    BankerJohn Songster

    Apr 2, 2010
    Lecanto, Florida
    I use diatomaceous earth for the ants. Sprinkle light dusting over the mound while active. It takes about 2-3 days and they are gone.
  8. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits...

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    DE didnt do a thing for my ants... [​IMG] nothing...
  9. FLminifarm

    FLminifarm In the Brooder

    Apr 3, 2016
    DE won't kill the queen and I have carpenter ants near the coop. Most of my chickens don't eat them. I worry about them hurting my chicks. Are pyrethrin powders or liquid safe to use? I have some "garden tech worry free dust" made with pyrethrins. I may have to resort to using the amdro as suggested above also. My chickens free range some so I will just have to keep them inside for a day I guess. We have horrible fire ants everywhere too and I my family and pets are of constantly getting bit! I hate chemicals but I have tried grits and baking soda and vinegar and boiling water and nothing has helped much at all... :(

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