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Another reason to hate fireants

Posted: Wed Apr 23, 2014 5:58 pm
by Jogeephus
Since planting my garden a week ago we have had 5 inches of rain. I noticed two cabbage sets I had planted were wilted and I figured they were just drowning. Looked today and have five more wilting bad so I pluck one out of the ground and find fire ants all over the root and the root has been eaten like a beaver got hold of it but I wasn't positive it was caused by the ants or some other insect and the ants were just secondary like in the case of aphids. A quick Google and learn it is the fire ants. Ba$tards!

I read on about control of fire ants in cabbage and learn the following.

Blend hot peppers, garlic or lemons with water in a blender and liberally mist the area where the ants gather. Alternatively, sprinkle cayenne pepper, chili powder, black pepper or cinnamon around the cabbage plants to keep ants away. These methods will not kill many ants but will create an unpleasant living environment, which causes the ants to relocate.


I don't know if any of you have priced McCormick's cayenne pepper or their chili powder lately but it ain't cheap. Besides, I don't want to make the ants "uncomfortable" I want to KILL THEM. I may not have been the pick of the litter but momma didn't raise no fool. So much for going organic this year but the ants are dead.

Re: Another reason to hate fireants

Posted: Wed Apr 23, 2014 6:31 pm
by branguscowgirl
Dang! That mixture sounds like it would just make those ants meaner and hotter!! Their "Fire Ants" for gosh sake! Why would "Cayenne Pepper" faze them?! :D

Re: Another reason to hate fireants

Posted: Wed Apr 23, 2014 9:05 pm
by skyhightree1
Jo that sucks im sorry we don't have fire ants here but I tell you I got ant hills everywhere. Do you think if you mixed boric acid in the soil or sulfur seven dust what have you and mixed in the soil may kill them.

Re: Another reason to hate fireants

Posted: Thu Apr 24, 2014 12:34 am
by Nesikep
We have tiny little black ants that make miniature anthills in the garden, they usually don't do any harm.. Then we have the big red ants, if they aren't by the house they don't bother us.. Our house is built on a wood log foundation, so we watch out for termites... A couple years ago our hot water tank just about fell through the floor they had eaten it all out.. it was leaking a little, and with the warmth and humidity they thought that was just the perfect place!

Re: Another reason to hate fireants

Posted: Thu Apr 24, 2014 5:42 am
by cowgirl8
The best way to get rid of fire ants is a bait. They go so deep into the ground, just applying stuff to the top doesnt even faze them. Sometimes you think you've gotten rid of them, in reality they've just moved or gone under to rear their ugly heads another day. People usually dont use a bait because they want them gone asap..Baits usually take a few days, but is the best way to get rid of a problem mound.

Re: Another reason to hate fireants

Posted: Sat Apr 26, 2014 2:07 am
by austinwend
Jogeephus wrote:Since planting my garden a week ago we have had 5 inches of rain. I noticed two cabbage sets I had planted were wilted and I figured they were just drowning. Looked today and have five more wilting bad so I pluck one out of the ground and find fire ants all over the root and the root has been eaten like a beaver got hold of it but I wasn't positive it was caused by the ants or some other insect and the ants were just secondary like in the case of aphids. A quick Google and learn it is the fire ants. Ba$tards!

I read on about control of fire ants in cabbage and learn the following.

Blend hot peppers, garlic or lemons with water in a blender and liberally mist the area where the ants gather. Alternatively, sprinkle cayenne pepper, chili powder, black pepper or cinnamon around the cabbage plants to keep ants away. These methods will not kill many ants but will create an unpleasant living environment, which causes the ants to relocate.


I don't know if any of you have priced McCormick's cayenne pepper or their chili powder lately but it ain't cheap. Besides, I don't want to make the ants "uncomfortable" I want to KILL THEM. I may not have been the pick of the litter but momma didn't raise no fool. So much for going organic this year but the ants are dead.



By pouring boiling water into the entrance of an ant colony, every ant that it comes into contact with would perish. Likewise some amount of corn meal would also do and if nothing works then I think, you should go for pest control. For this, you can get citations from any of specific pest agency in your local or you can also check here.

Re: Another reason to hate fireants

Posted: Sat Apr 26, 2014 6:46 am
by Hook
This looks like it give you more satisfaction
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=IGJ2jMZ-gaI

Re: Another reason to hate fireants

Posted: Sat Apr 26, 2014 7:22 am
by jedstivers
cowgirl8 wrote:The best way to get rid of fire ants is a bait. They go so deep into the ground, just applying stuff to the top doesnt even faze them. Sometimes you think you've gotten rid of them, in reality they've just moved or gone under to rear their ugly heads another day. People usually dont use a bait because they want them gone asap..Baits usually take a few days, but is the best way to get rid of a problem mound.

The good thing about orthene is they think its food and take it to the queen and the rest of the colony. About two days and the mound is dead.
I put a bag in the truck yesterday, we have a new mound by the house. I'm fixing to take it out.

Re: Another reason to hate fireants

Posted: Sat Apr 26, 2014 9:21 pm
by Jogeephus
I like the aluminum cast. Its organic.

Re: Another reason to hate fireants

Posted: Sat Apr 26, 2014 9:30 pm
by Deepsouth
Get some Talstar and spray your gard3n and yard. It work's really well!

Re: Another reason to hate fireants

Posted: Sun Apr 27, 2014 2:58 pm
by Jogeephus
I have some Talstar. Haven't tried them on ants but I will give it a try. I used something different. The ants are dead in piles. Garden is no longer organic but .....

Re: Another reason to hate fireants

Posted: Sun Apr 27, 2014 10:19 pm
by Red Bull Breeder
Dead fire ants has to better than a organic garden.

Re: Another reason to hate fireants

Posted: Mon Apr 28, 2014 1:53 pm
by TexasBred
cowgirl8 wrote:The best way to get rid of fire ants is a bait. They go so deep into the ground, just applying stuff to the top doesnt even faze them. Sometimes you think you've gotten rid of them, in reality they've just moved or gone under to rear their ugly heads another day. People usually dont use a bait because they want them gone asap..Baits usually take a few days, but is the best way to get rid of a problem mound.

I like to think the little b$%$%ds are screaming as they consume the stuff. I figure if I kill all the workers the queen will starve to death on her own.

Re: Another reason to hate fireants

Posted: Tue Apr 29, 2014 5:47 am
by cowgirl8
I laugh when i see people recommend sprinkling corn meal or cream of wheat on the mound to explode their stomachs.. :lol2: Come on, if it were that easy we'd have no problems with fire ants. They are hard to kill. They go deep into the ground so anything you do to the top will do nothing to the group underground.
20 years ago we had no fire ants. They moved in and for a while were everywhere. The cold winters have pushed them back a bit, but at least we dont have as many as some. I only try to control the ones in my garden area and up against the house. Baits work the best, but you have to keep it up or they just keep coming back.

Re: Another reason to hate fireants

Posted: Tue Apr 29, 2014 1:42 pm
by Caustic Burno
Jogeephus wrote:I have some Talstar. Haven't tried them on ants but I will give it a try. I used something different. The ants are dead in piles. Garden is no longer organic but .....


This is the best stuff I have found other than dragging the pasture below freezing.

http://fireant.tamu.edu/controlmethods/ ... uish_plus/