FIRE ANTS, What to do?

Discussion in 'Composting' started by 2cycle, May 24, 2008.

  1. 2cycle

    2cycle Fire Starter

    I got a mean bunch of them in the composter. They look like they are doing a good job of bringing in soil and aerating it good. But darnit they are painful, and a pest. I started turning the compost, and before I knew it they were almost up the handle of the rake. What can be done beside poisoning them? There was a mound that I treated with Spectracide, that was several feet away from the compost. But instead of killing them, it seems that they just moved into the compost.

  2. coyote

    coyote Master of the Pit

    I have never seen a nice bunch..

    I normally want them gone yesterday if I find them in my yard are any place within 500 yards of my home.
    soaking their area with a gallon of gas then lighting it works..but that is getting expensive today..anything you put on that does not kill them but makes them vacate, will only move them to another part of the yard.
    most hardware stores have a special poison for just them..I would put it on while they sleep, are better yet follow the directions that come with the poison.

    ah..just thought of a humane way.. vent yer smoker exsaust down on to the mound..that ought to make the little buggers croak..
  3. white cloud

    white cloud Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    they should make ant shot for a twelve guage. Luckily we dont have them here but I have lived in places that do
  4. desertlites

    desertlites Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    they ain't here yet but 1 state over-sure don't look foward to them.bro in Texas has plenty.
  5. sumosmoke

    sumosmoke Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Get those things outta your compost or else don't plan on getting your hands into them for a while. We've got 'em in FL and if you get caught standing in a pile of them and get bites on ya, those things itch and burn like crazy.

    Try Ken's suggestion with the coffee grounds, and if that doesn't work, get that Amdro, or something, and get rid of 'em! [​IMG][​IMG]
  6. What works for me is to splash a little gasoline into the nest hole, then just walk away. The nest dies almost fuss and no muss.
  7. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Toss in Q? Pull out at 200 for pulling?
  8. bondvader

    bondvader Smoke Blower

    If you cant find the ant shot, get a huge magnifying glass and a 12 pack.
  9. rikil

    rikil Newbie

    remember those magnifiers that would go on the back window of an RV? about 12" square. they are ultra powerful [​IMG] , but expensive last I saw.
  10. rikil

    rikil Newbie

    i had a relative that was a health inspetor. to get rid of ants and such in the kitchen (where you can't really use poison) they would use chili powder. Insects (IIRC) breath through their legs (or some crap like that), anyway, it would work for them.
  11. peculiarmike

    peculiarmike Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Import some of those "Crazy Ants" from Houston. They kill fire ants. Course, the "Crazy Ants" are sort of a plague in themselves.
  12. cman95

    cman95 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    We have beacoup fire ants in SE Texas. I called a exterminator one time and he told me the only real solution was to move.[​IMG]
  13. john dice

    john dice Smoke Blower

    hahahaha. I like the sound of that.
  14. coyote

    coyote Master of the Pit

    alright 2cycle what did ya do with the ants??have not heard back from wonderin if 911 call is in order. I am thinking they have you on their smoker right about know.
    I did not want to give away any secerts .but here goes..shoot a couple barn swallows lay them by the nest before ya go to the morning the ants will have covered them and will be dining. get a shovel and scoop the whole mess up and throw it in a tree huggers yard. if they left any meat on bones fire up the grill. nothing goes to waste..
  15. 2cycle

    2cycle Fire Starter

    Turning the pile yesterday, I stirred them up pretty good. I'm gonna try the granules again this evening. When I treated them last time, it rained so maybe thats why they moved.

  16. coyote

    coyote Master of the Pit

    lol. glad you are getting a handle on them. those fireants are wicked bad..
    in the tropics I have seen them kill things. and seen kids stand in the nest by accident. terrible. any means available.take em out. sure would not let a rabbid dawg hang around the house. same dang thing.
  17. rikil

    rikil Newbie

    if you are in there stirring the compost, and if it is possible, try and find the queen, it will be the only one that doens't look like the others, prly a lot bigger than the others also (might be able to find a pic on the internet). That might make them move.
  18. oillogger

    oillogger Meat Mopper OTBS Member

    I have been killing ants in my yard for years with Malathion or another type of insect killer. Pour some into a used gallon milk jug until you cover the bottom to about 1/4" deep. Slowly fill the rest of the milk jug with water since the insect killer will want to foam up. Pour the mixture on top of your ant beds insuring you pour enough to get the queen. Go back to the ant beds in about 15-20 minutes later to watch them croaking away with a smug look on your face. [​IMG] I can usually kill 2-3 fairly large ant beds with one gallon of mixture and it does not kill the grass as gasoline does. Now I am not sure if this will kill the bacteria you are depending upon to create your mulch.

    Another possible solution is add plenty of fruit peelings to your mulch since I do know that a handful of kumquats on top of a ant bed will make them move in a few days.

    Good Luck! Try it and let me know the results.
  19. bhille42

    bhille42 Meat Mopper

    LOVE IT![​IMG]
  20. coyote

    coyote Master of the Pit

    alright whats yer address?? I am calling EOD if 1 pound of C4 will do it 59pounds will do it better. we will blow those red devils back to where they came..

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