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help with ants #13603261 06/21/20 10:23 PM
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fire ants have covered my green beans.and they wore me out today while i was trying to pick.any ideas

Re: help with ants [Re: 30ft jon boat] #13603311 06/21/20 10:51 PM
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DE, Diatematious Earth works for me where I don't want pesticides. Use as directed.

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Amdro mound drench in the red and white bottle that hooks up to the hose.

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Originally Posted by Kattelyn
Amdro mound drench in the red and white bottle that hooks up to the hose.

I just checked the AMDRO website and several others and all of them say it is NOT to be used in vegetable gardens. Kattelyn, do you have a site that say's otherwise? I ask because I have been fighting them all year. Thanks.

Re: help with ants [Re: Flip-n-go] #13604437 06/22/20 08:45 PM
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Originally Posted by Flip-n-go
DE, Diatematious Earth works for me where I don't want pesticides. Use as directed.



^^^^^ This . Spread it around the base of the plants and any mounds you see in the garden . thumb

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buy a box of borax and mix it one to one with anything sticky and sweet ( honey, maple syrup, corn syrup, etc...) then spread a thin layer of that thick paste onto a thin long piece of wood. place that at a high ant traffic area and in a matter of a few days, you will destroy the entire colony. I saw a YouTube video one time and was spectical but tried it anyway. I was pleasantly surprised when it worked. eliminated several fire ant and carpenter ant colonies last year.

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Pots and pots of boiling water on the mounds is the most organic remedy. Had em around my chicken coop and went to battle on them about 4 weeks ago and so far so good.

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Originally Posted by David Welcher
Pots and pots of boiling water on the mounds is the most organic remedy. Had em around my chicken coop and went to battle on them about 4 weeks ago and so far so good.

We have found the boiling water to be pretty effective around animals that might get into the poison . I also put a cup of rubbing alcohol in the pot just before I dump it on the mound to help break the surface tension and get a better soak , A little dish soap also works but I like to think the alcohol fumes gas the ones the heat doesn't kill .

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Are the fire ant mounds inside your garden area? The Amdro granules can be sprinkled outside of your garden and the ants will pick them up and carry them into the mound as food. I would not think that would contaminate your garden at all.


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Originally Posted by COFF
Are the fire ant mounds inside your garden area? The Amdro granules can be sprinkled outside of your garden and the ants will pick them up and carry them into the mound as food. I would not think that would contaminate your garden at all.

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Are the fire ant mounds inside your garden area? The Amdro granules can be sprinkled outside of your garden and the ants will pick them up and carry them into the mound as food. I would not think that would contaminate your garden at all.

Yes they are in the garden, we have them in the green beans and potatoes. We are using soaker hoses to that is the only place that is wet. I will try the borax and some cheap syrup. I have used it on house ants at work, don't know if it will work on fire ants but am willing to give it a try.

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Are the fire ant mounds inside your garden area? The Amdro granules can be sprinkled outside of your garden and the ants will pick them up and carry them into the mound as food. I would not think that would contaminate your garden at all.

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Are the fire ant mounds inside your garden area? The Amdro granules can be sprinkled outside of your garden and the ants will pick them up and carry them into the mound as food. I would not think that would contaminate your garden at all.

Yes they are in the garden, we have them in the green beans and potatoes. We are using soaker hoses to that is the only place that is wet. I will try the borax and some cheap syrup. I have used it on house ants at work, don't know if it will work on fire ants but am willing to give it a try.

i can sit there with a cold beer and watch hundreds of those bastages feeding on the syrup. Something oddly satisfying about it.

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They won't hurt the Beans. They will aerate the soil. Still, worth an organic fight.

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Originally Posted by timbertoes
They won't hurt the Beans. They will aerate the soil. Still, worth an organic fight.

But they sure do hurt when I am not watching and they get on my feet and legs. They also wreak havoc on the potatoes, they eat holes in them.

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Go with Fertilome - Come and Get It. It's a granular Spinosad. You can use it in vegetable gardens.


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Originally Posted by Derek 🐝
Go with Fertilome - Come and Get It. It's a granular Spinosad. You can use it in vegetable gardens.

Thanks Derek, I will get me some of it soon. By the way my tomatoes have kicked rear end this year, I had one that weighed 1 pound, 5-1/2 ounces.

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