Fire Ants – fighting fire with fire

ImageI recently read about an interesting way to manage fire ants, but it ideally needs two people (you’ll see what I mean in a moment).

  1. Get two shovels (long-handled might be a good idea, or just be fast).
  2. Each person goes to a mound at a sufficient distance from each other (so the colonies are not related/connected underground – this is essential).
  3. At the same moment take a BIG shovelful from each mound and (moving rapidly!) exchange them (put them where the other was).

Being the aggressive creatures they are this will start localized “ant wars” as the relocated ants attempt to defend themselves & also destroy the queen where they have been put. I have heard it is very successful.

Another idea I read about is to pour urine on the mounds – regularly (guys, take note). I believe I read that certain cattle ranchers found there were fewer ants in the fields heavily used by cattle, leading to the discovery that it urine that discourages them.

Of course, this post only addresses fire ants in a limited way, so for a more exhaustive discussion of methods in more areas than just your lawn, go to:

All of the methods mentioned are environmentally friendly. Some examples are: Splenda (you may never want to eat it again when you find out why), boric acid mixed with powdered sugar, nematodes, Phorid flies, diatomaceous earth (what they don’t mention is to use the garden version, not the stuff from swimming pool suppliers), garlic, dry ice, lye, and various baits.

Based on my stats, this is a topic of concern, so if you have some success (and if you remember) come back a let other readers know what you did and how it ultimately worked.


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. thos003
    May 09, 2012 @ 20:15:44

    Interesting theory. Would love to see this in action.


    • Lloyd's of Rochester
      May 09, 2012 @ 22:51:30

      So would I, but there aren’t any in my part of the country or I would be out there trying it. I read it in of our country magazines (but search as I might I can’t find which one it was) in the letters from the readers section in the front. PLEASE pass it on or try it in some random location and see what happens, then come back and let us all know how it worked. One of my friends lives in Houston and I told them about this idea and I don’t know that they have tried it yet.

      BTW, I took a look at your website and I read the article about ant control – sounds interesting (black carpenter ants are a big problem in our area). Wish your business was in our area.


  2. Lloyd's of Rochester
    May 12, 2012 @ 00:05:31

    I found the original source! Countryside and Small Stock Journal, March/April 2012, page 18. A finer point, but you take two DEEP shovelfuls and swap them. The woman said she and her husband have been doing this and it works every time, and only takes a day or so and clears the anthill permanently.


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