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Old 10-20-2013, 12:36 PM
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Here is a great, inexpensive way to get rid of FIRE ANTS! This is especially beneficial to those of us in the south. Be sure to share this little secret with your friends! Simply pour 2 cups of CLUB SODA directly in the center of a fire ant mound. The carbon dioxide in the water is heavier than air and displaces oxygen which suffocates the queen and the other ants. The whole colony will be dead within about two days. Each mound must be treated individually and a one liter bottle of club soda will kill 2 to 3 mounds..
I just read this on Face Book. It May work and I plan to try it just for fun.

When I took the State CPO test one of the question was,, what was the best way to spot Treat a Fire Ant Mound? The answer the State wanted was Boiling Water because of less environment impact. The way the Liberal tree huggers are going, Maybe we will be charging our spray water with CO2 to control Chinch Bugs.

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Old 10-20-2013, 07:53 PM
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Is this one of those "it must be true, I read it on the net" things?
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Old 10-20-2013, 10:19 PM
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Do you not think it has anything to do with the 3-4 ph of the carbonic acid?
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Old 10-20-2013, 11:37 PM
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I just read this on Face Book. It May work and I plan to try it just for fun.

When I took the State CPO test one of the question was,, what was the best way to spot Treat a Fire Ant Mound? The answer the State wanted was Boiling Water because of less environment impact. The way the Liberal tree huggers are going, Maybe we will be charging our spray water with CO2 to control Chinch Bugs.

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Snopes is calling BS - http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/household/fireants.asp
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Old 10-21-2013, 06:51 AM
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Virtually any disturbance of the mound causes the workers to move the queen PDQ.

Had a guy arounf here injecting steam into the mounds... don't know if it worked or not. He's not around anymore so I'm guessing not.
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Old 10-21-2013, 08:42 AM
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Fire ants are funny, if you disturb their nest some they will move 4 feet over from where they were and make again that puffy soil structure. Hilarious. The biggest nest I seen around here was 1 foot high by 2 foot wide.
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Old 10-21-2013, 11:49 AM
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Virtually any disturbance of the mound causes the workers to move the queen PDQ.

Had a guy arounf here injecting steam into the mounds... don't know if it worked or not. He's not around anymore so I'm guessing not.
Depending on the type of steamer and the method of delivery, Steam can kill Fire Ant Mounds. Heat Treatment is big in Bed Bug control. 115 degrees for several hours kills eggs as well as adult Bed Bugs. Freezing is also commonly used in Structural Pest Control. CO2 gas is injected into cracks and crevices that harbor insects.

Many Years ago a Guy in my town advertised non Chemical Fire Ant Control with a Mowing contract. He was using a steamer. However you need a Pesticide License to control insect etc no matter what your method. The Ag Inspector shut him down.

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Sprinkle bait (corn grits soaked in grease & pesticide like Hydramethylnon or Indoxacarbaround) the base of an active mound without disturbing it.
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Old 10-22-2013, 09:05 AM
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Killing fire ants is EASY. CONTROLLING them is an altogether different story. In realty, all one does is population management.
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Old 10-22-2013, 11:18 AM
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Killing fire ants is EASY. CONTROLLING them is an altogether different story. In realty, all one does is population management.
Population Management is the name of our game. Doesn't matter if you are talking Chinch Bugs, Weeds or Spiders.

A few years back the state released a wasp that was suppose to Biologically control Fire Ants. It appears to me the Fire Ant population is on the decline in my area. I am not sure if it is the Wasp or the fact everyone is using Fire Ant pesticide. ANTS in general are the Number One over all insect Pest.

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