How to bring mass death to carpenter ant colonies

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by luketrash, May 27, 2004.

  1. luketrash

    luketrash LawnSite Member
    Messages: 8

    I have noticed 3 different carpenter ant colonies in my yard. I'm looking for ways to kill the ants, but not kill the grass.

    They make about a 1.5' circle of dirt up above the grass, and I want them gone, so they don't start gnawing on my house.

    What are some good ways to kill them off?

    I don't have any pets as of yet, so that's not a concern. I have seen bug killers that spray with your garden hose and I wonder if that stuff is any good? It's about 10-15 bucks for a bottle of it...

    In other news:

    My yard originally started out looking pretty ratty when I moved in this winter. I've been mowing about once a week though with my rider, alternating directions with my rider (east-west/north-south)

    Last night I decided to break out the lawnboy push mower to do a diagonal pattern in the front yard. I'm really liking how simple mowing (and a lot of rain) has helped bring the lawn up to par.

    I had several brown spots and grassless spots I threw down seed on in April, and this is what my front yard looked like after last night:

  2. dvmcmrhp52

    dvmcmrhp52 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Pa.
    Messages: 4,205

    There's some granular stuff I've used........................
    Can't remember the name...................
    Sprinkle it around the lawn and it takes care of them.
    I used on a house we were selling,can you imagine why?

    Sorry,can't think of it...........
  3. Moguy

    Moguy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 238

    Sorry,can't think of it...........

    Talstar PL?
  4. lordfam

    lordfam LawnSite Member
    Messages: 12

    Could have been diazinon crystals. This product is no longer marketed due to health safety concerns.
  5. dvmcmrhp52

    dvmcmrhp52 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Pa.
    Messages: 4,205

    I'm still coming up blank...............It's the age thing I guess......................HAHA

    Talstar does ring a bel may just be the bell in my belfry.............don't know.
  6. knuckshemi

    knuckshemi LawnSite Member
    Messages: 44

    We have fire ants, I will try to kill mine, but the guys next door dont, so every year it is the same thing. And I have 30 acres, it is a full time job, but if you ever get stung by a few, you dont mind to bad.

    Good Luck

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