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Fire Ants

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by southside, May 12, 2001.

  1. southside

    southside LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 790

    We have been invaded by fire ants. This has happened only recently.
    Already spread all over the city.(Brisbane,Australia) This has caused
    the government great concern as this is the first time we have had
    these ants here. Do you guys know of any way to get rid of them?
    I've already had one of my guys bitten.
  2. Stonewall

    Stonewall LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 280

    I didn't know those things could swim that far. We've had 'em for ages. No way to get rid of them though. They only move around
  3. lee b

    lee b LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,580

    Surrender. You can kill off a few billion and they'll just keep coming. You'll get used to being bit after alittle while.
  4. HOMER

    HOMER LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,183

    Now that you got them maybe they'll call all their buddies over here and ours will move!

    Must have been the Survivor series that sparked the interest.

    Your stuck my good man, bloody well stuck with them. You cannot get rid of them, just shift them from ant bed to ant bed. They used to make a chemical in the states that would kill them but the government banned it, can't recall what it is. If ya'll could use it over there really fast before they got country wide you might have a chance! Nothing they sell now works, better watch where your standing too, doesn't take long for them to tear you a new ars!:mad:

    What was that stuff called? DDT or something?
  5. lee b

    lee b LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,580

    Yeah Homer, DDT is great stuff, it'll wipe-out just about any kind of insect. They banned here, but import food drenched in it from overseas. Another case of enviromentalist wacko's ruining something that we really needed, they said it MAY have made some bird's eggshells thin.
  6. Fantasy Lawns

    Fantasy Lawns LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,913

    "Phorid Fly" which will swoop down on the ants and pierce their outer cuticle, depositing an egg inside the ant. The egg hatches into a larva within a day or two.

    The larva moves into the ant's head--used as a protective case--where it completes its development. Once mature, the cycle repeats. Pretty COOL Stuff !! You can see it in the PHOTO.


  7. southside

    southside LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 790

    Unfortunately DDT is banned here too. The government is very concerned that they will migrate to farming areas and wreak havoc.
  8. HOMER

    HOMER LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,183

    They should be---------------they will.

    I remember a news program a while back. I think it may have been in Texas. The ants had gotten so bad that pasture/grazing land was so overrun by these things that horses and cows were falling into holes and snapping their legs. The holes were from the ant beds where they tunnel under the ground.

    You better tell your govt. to get on this quick.
  9. linky

    linky LawnSite Member
    Posts: 151

    Luckily we don't have fire ants. When these things bite you does it feel like a bee sting? That is what i've heard.
  10. Keith

    Keith LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,977

    It feels a little different than that. Hard to explain. The area is smaller for one. One is bad, but they come and attack you in large numbers. Don't worry, they will be in Richmond in the future. They came in through Alabama in the 30's and have spread out from there.

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