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Old 01-14-2014, 01:23 PM
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Commercial site fire ant control

All of my fire ant work is done on residential sites and most are top choice applications.

Is there a economical treatment for commercial sites? I don't think they will pay the top choice price. Maybe a bait option or bifenthein app every 6 weeks?
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Old 01-14-2014, 09:11 PM
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Old 01-14-2014, 09:13 PM
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I had a 4 acre property awhile back that didn't want to pay for control. I put a 15 gal sprayer on the mower and just watered the mounds with bifenthrin as I was mowing. Once a month seemed to be enough and other than set up didn't really slow me down that much.
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Old 01-14-2014, 10:39 PM
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http://fireant.tamu.edu/controlmethods/twostep/

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The Texas Two Step works extremely well if you are also mowing that property. TIMING of bait application is important. Fire Ants are most active between 70 and 90 Degrees. Be sure you have at least 2 dry days for the worker Ants to find the bait and carry it home. The longer Bait stays dry the better it works. Remember heavy dew can also effect your bait.

I spot treat with "Ortho Fire Ant". It comes in a black plastic bottle with a bright yellow lid. After you open the lid there is a Paper Seal. Put one hole with a ice pick or screw driver in the paper seal. Now just shake about a 1/2 teaspoon on each mound and put the lid back on until the next time you spot treat. About 20 minute the Mound will be completely dead.


Here a picture of what I use for Fire Ants on large properties. It has a 100 ft hose reel that was installed after this picture was taken. The calibration is 5 gallons per thousand. I believe in a lot of carrier so it soaks into the nest.
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Old 01-15-2014, 11:57 AM
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thanks ric. I've read most of your fire and posts. With your sandy soil I imagine the residual is short!!

I currently do topchoice but that seems too expensive for my area. I need to charge a premium in case I get called back for spot treats.

What about advion or extinguish as a 1-2 application bait? No guarantee but 80-90% control.
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Old 01-15-2014, 04:39 PM
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Got some prices today ...

Advion is $18 per acre at 1.5
Bifenthein granular is 84 per acre at 159 lbs

Seem advion is dirt cheap but will I be able to accurately spread 1.5 lbs over an acre??? Very low amount.
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Have you priced the Talstar (bifenthren) liquid? I used it on a fairly large property back in the fall and got it at Cardinal in Wilson. I don't remember what the price was right off the top of my head.
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price bifen xts its cheaper then granular and has a higher AI then bifen it
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Old 01-15-2014, 09:06 PM
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price bifen xts its cheaper then granular and has a higher AI then bifen it
Got that price today. Came out to around $6 per acre.

Anyone know how long Bifen will sit before being watered in without losing its effectiveness? I have a lot of clients who do not have irrigation
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