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Willbyr Anime-ted from North Little Rock, AR Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
Anime-ted
Sep 25th 2012 at 5:10:27 PM

Picking up the insect control theme of late: Our yard has been infested with fire ants since about a year after we got it. The exterminator and spot-treating mounds have kept them under control, but is there a way to get them out for good?

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TuefelHundenIV Watchman of the Apocalypse from Wandering Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
Watchman of the Apocalypse
Sep 25th 2012 at 5:33:08 PM

some help here

Part of the problem is that they are almost impossible to get rid of. You have to kill the majority of the nest as quickly as possible and possibly kill the queen or they may just relocate. If your neighbours have any infestations they are failing to control you can get a colony moving into your yard from your neighbours.

If your neighbours have a problem as well get together with your neighbours and coordinate a treatment solution so that everyone is acting in similar time frames to reduce the chances of nests simply migrating.

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LeGarcon Blowout soon fellow Stalker from Skadovsk Relationship Status: Gay for Big Boss
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Nov 11th 2013 at 12:40:22 AM

Friend of mine poured some kerosene down the moundhole thingy and burned them out. Lost a nice chunk of yard but eh, worked

Oh really when?
Euodiachloris Relationship Status: Is that a kind of food?
Nov 11th 2013 at 12:50:59 AM

[up]Um. Kill It with Fire kind of defeats the purpose of getting rid of them to use the yard, I'd say... tongue

Frishman Sinful Saint from Baton Rouge, LA Relationship Status: We finish each other's sandwiches
Sinful Saint
Nov 15th 2013 at 3:16:14 AM

Orthene fire ant killer. If you used it and it didn't work, something must have happened to it because I used to swear by that stuff.

Also, don't do the kerosene thing. If you're going to do something like that, get a piece of pipe and shove it into their mound, then pour gasoline down it. Do not set it on fire. Just leave it; the fumes will drive them out.

[down]That's just cruel. Not even fire ants deserve that.

edited 17th Nov '13 7:33:13 AM by Frishman

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MarkVonLewis Too Strange to Live, Too Rare to Die from Somewhere in Time Relationship Status: Too sexy for my shirt
Too Strange to Live, Too Rare to Die
Nov 17th 2013 at 2:21:33 AM

Put a small stereo next to the mound and play Nickelback for three days straight. If that won't kill em I dunno what will, lol.

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LeGarcon Blowout soon fellow Stalker from Skadovsk Relationship Status: Gay for Big Boss
Blowout soon fellow Stalker
Nov 21st 2013 at 2:13:15 PM

Pour some Drano down the hole.

Try not to get anything on you though, that shit burns like a motherfucker. Makes most acids look adorable

Oh really when?
Frishman Sinful Saint from Baton Rouge, LA Relationship Status: We finish each other's sandwiches
Sinful Saint
Nov 22nd 2013 at 6:40:06 AM

That's because its incredibly basic. Like, ph 11 basic. Shit's nasty.

Note that in every method, the ideal is to kill the queen, so just pouring this stuff on top won't work, as fire ants dig greedily and deep. The stuff may be counteracted by the time it gets there. Hence my recommendation of driving a pipe down there for direct injection.

If you meet me have some courtesy, have some sympathy, have some taste. Use all your well-learned politesse or I'll lay your soul to waste.
TuefelHundenIV Watchman of the Apocalypse from Wandering Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
Watchman of the Apocalypse
Dec 11th 2013 at 11:14:04 PM

While the OP is a bit dated I thought you all might find the following link interesing.

Aluminium casting of a fire ant mount.

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BaconManiac5000 Relationship Status: Baby don't hurt me!
Dec 11th 2013 at 11:29:25 PM what do you mean I didn't win, I ate more wet t-shirts than anyone else
Madrugada Zzzzzzzzzz Relationship Status: In season
Zzzzzzzzzz
Dec 12th 2013 at 4:58:13 AM

Eliminate the fire ants and make a cool sculpture at the same time, I'd call that an everybody-wins scenario. Well, the ants don't, of course. But everybody else does.

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Euodiachloris Relationship Status: Is that a kind of food?
Dec 12th 2013 at 5:07:23 AM

Hmmm... copper's prettier. <biased>

Madrugada Zzzzzzzzzz Relationship Status: In season
Zzzzzzzzzz
Dec 12th 2013 at 5:20:54 AM

Copper would indeed be lovely. Copper would make a gorgeous chandelier, if you carefully wound it about with tiny twinkle lights.

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TuefelHundenIV Watchman of the Apocalypse from Wandering Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
Watchman of the Apocalypse
Dec 12th 2013 at 5:32:17 PM

Copper oxidizes easily.

There is a similar vid where they used cement on a termite colony to see its shape. It is really cool looking.

edited 12th Dec '13 5:32:43 PM by TuefelHundenIV

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BaconManiac5000 Relationship Status: Baby don't hurt me!
Dec 12th 2013 at 6:21:03 PM

I think you're talking about this:

what do you mean I didn't win, I ate more wet t-shirts than anyone else
TuefelHundenIV Watchman of the Apocalypse from Wandering Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
Watchman of the Apocalypse
Dec 12th 2013 at 6:43:07 PM

bacon: Not quite but very similar. It was a termite mound and it had some unqiue structures.

Ahh I got it wrong. Not cement. The Termite surface mound or spire and was plaster of paris.

edited 12th Dec '13 7:40:01 PM by TuefelHundenIV

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BaconManiac5000 Relationship Status: Baby don't hurt me!
Dec 13th 2013 at 3:32:45 PM

This seems to work too.

what do you mean I didn't win, I ate more wet t-shirts than anyone else
Euodiachloris Relationship Status: Is that a kind of food?
Dec 13th 2013 at 4:54:01 PM

I happen to like both shiny copper and the various oxidising stages. <shrugs> I'm weird. But, I also know how to protect against oxidisation should I wish to.

A couple of coats of finish, and voilà! Alternatively, bolt some zinc on it and regularly replace that small patch. <shrugs> See? I did pay attention in chemistry!

edited 13th Dec '13 4:54:21 PM by Euodiachloris

deadwaste Relationship Status: It's not my fault I'm not popular!
Nov 8th 2014 at 10:15:08 PM

Vinegar, bay leaf, chalk. Ants are stupid, and drawing a chalk line around the area means smoke to them.vinegar, they hate the smell,plus your house and yard will smell like picked.bay leaf...not so sure, but it works!

TuefelHundenIV Watchman of the Apocalypse from Wandering Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
Watchman of the Apocalypse
Dec 13th 2014 at 5:42:06 AM

This thread is long dead.

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Achaemenid HGW XX/7 from Ruschestraße 103, Haus 1 Relationship Status: Giving love a bad name
HGW XX/7
Dec 13th 2014 at 10:34:40 AM

If Willybyr hasn't dealt with the problem by now, frankly he deserves an infestation! [lol]

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TuefelHundenIV Watchman of the Apocalypse from Wandering Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
Watchman of the Apocalypse
Dec 13th 2014 at 11:41:38 AM

If Willbyr hasn't dealt with them I am sure they have carried him off and devoured him. Only to replace him with an ant human hybrid clone.

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blackcat Relationship Status: A cockroach, nothing can kill it.
Dec 13th 2014 at 11:59:30 AM

His typing has become erratic.

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Willbyr Anime-ted from North Little Rock, AR Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
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TuefelHundenIV Watchman of the Apocalypse from Wandering Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
Watchman of the Apocalypse
Dec 19th 2014 at 2:10:04 AM

I knew it. I think we are going to need a bigger bug swatter.

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