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Major Fire Ant Problem!

It's worse than I've ever had it in the past, and I don't seem to be making any progress on eradication. Orthene has been the pesticide I've used for several years, but it doesn't seem to be doing anything but moving the darn things around.

What else can I use? Suggestions, PLEASE!

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  • frankiezfrankiez Posts: 396 Deckhand
    Amdro has worked great for me. Used it years ago on my lawn. No fire ants since.
  • MadbeachMadbeach On the riverPosts: 970 Officer
    Maybe some diatomaceous earth.
  • skyway andeskyway ande Posts: 3,813 Captain
    Gasoline and a match...
    diesle fuel no match.

    Grits.... they eat the grit and boom.... they explode.
    God, save the South!
  • micci_manmicci_man Somewhere in FLPosts: 14,657 AG
    Madbeach wrote: »
    Maybe some diatomaceous earth.

    This stuff doesn't work as it is described to, Not for me anyway.

    Permethrin mixed with water and sprayed out of a hand pump sprayer will kill the u know what out of them. You can find the concentrate stuff (5 or 10%) at places like Florida Farm and Feed or the like.

    It will kill good insect too so I would only spray it on the mounds and not on any flowers/plants.
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  • MadbeachMadbeach On the riverPosts: 970 Officer
    micci_man wrote: »
    This stuff doesn't work as it is described to, Not for me anyway.

    Permethrin mixed with water and sprayed out of a hand pump sprayer will kill the u know what out of them. You can find the concentrate stuff (5 or 10%) at places like Florida Farm and Feed or the like.

    It will kill good insect too so I would only spray it on the mounds and not on any flowers/plants.

    I use diatomaceous earth (food grade) in the garden, especially around taters. It seems to deter them, but I don't know how well it works as far as killing them. As far as a permethrin mix, I use Hi-Yield 38 permethrin (covers ants, termites, etc).
  • fishinbugfishinbug Posts: 372 Deckhand
    Grits.... they eat the grit and boom.... they explode.

    No, they do not.
    Grits and fire ants.

    Managing Fire Ants
    Sprinkling grits or other solid food substances onto fire
    ant mounds is ineffective. In theory, the ants eat the grits,
    which then swell and rupture the ants’ stomachs. In fact,
    only the last stage of the developing fire ant is known to
    digest solid food. All other life stages feed only on liquids or
    greasy materials. Some natural substances found in crushed
    or grated citrus peels are toxic to fire ants. Effective formula-
    tions and application techniques for these naturally-occur-
    ring chemicals (e.g., Citrex,
    TM
    containing d-limonene) have
    been and are being developed
  • divn4$divn4$ Posts: 1,530 Captain
    What else can I use? Suggestions, PLEASE!
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  • fathomfathom Posts: 315 Officer
    They are a scourge good luck with them. I have no suggestions.
  • NOLE66NOLE66 Posts: 1,630 Officer
    fathom wrote: »
    They are a scourge good luck with them. I have no suggestions.

    Terminix applies something to our yard every year and I rarely find a mound. However they are everywhere outside our property line.
  • CynicalCynical Posts: 274 Deckhand
    Bifenthrin or some other pyrethroid (one was suggested earlier). They remain in the soil and have residual effects. In the case of bifenthrin you may not be able to buy directly. Of course if you have beneficial ground dwelling insects this would be a no-go for your garden.
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