Chalk works well in the house. We had a problem with ants coming in around the fireplace last summer. I drew a chalk line and they wouldn't cross it. Of course my kids thought it would be funny to draw chalk circles around every ant they found so I ended up having to hide the chalk. There's rarely food in my den, and fortunately they never made it to the kitchen.
OMG, I'm so loving this!!! The ants have gotten the better of me this year.
My absolute favorite way to kill a mound is to pour boiling water on it. We've discussed the mental implications of this before - but I can't help it - I love to see those $%#@ fire ants suffer!
This year the problem has become too widespread and I was actually going to search or start a thread about killing ants in the pastures. In addition to fire ant, I have little bitty ants that bite like crazy and they don't build mounds. The guy who works at the farm says they live in 'mats'. Whatever, I want them gone! I'm going shopping for a big bag of grits
There's no food out--they're somehow climbing into the bread bags though. Bastard ants.
time to get mean i hate ants in the kitchen, mix up all your disfectants and cleaning flulids aka bleech to, use rubber gloves, then chuck out anything thats been open wash jars atfer ward and anything that was seeled -put aside and muck out cupboard ie take all the things out
then blast them away in a spray bottle of gunk------------ they dont ccome back they hate and they die -shame
Dang it, looks like I'm the first one to come along and burst the bubble.
No, it does not work. Ants don't eat solid food - they liquify it before consuming it (think Jeff Goldblum in The Fly). So, as satisfying an image as an exploding ant may be, it's impossible for a bit o' grit to get inside an ant and swell.
It appears to work because when you dump anything too near an anthill, you disturb the mound and the workers move the nest. That's why, when you use ant bait, the directions always say to sprinkle it at least six feet away from the anthill.
West of Mims, East of Oveido. If you figure it out, please let my mail carrier know.
This year, I've become all about the boiling water.
The dang things colonized under the mats on the concrete slabs of my washrack. Talk about dancing horses! Ugly. And my fault. Or at least that's the opinion of the two who were on the rack when I accidentally flooded the colony.
They weren't the fire ants, thank the BonDieu, but we still had little pustule bite marks on one mare's leg.
Too bad about the grits not working, though. Napalm is too good for em, IMO.
We do have a cheering section for the anoles when they eat them. Hey, does anyone know if anteaters would survive down here?
Well, ok, you're probably right - WTF do a bunch of PhD's whose life's work it is to study this stuff know, anyway? They're no doubt just running dog lackeys of some big chemical company with an anti-grit agenda.
Actually, a lot of our bio-research here is funded by the ag/chemical companies.
I have had the worst ant problems this year. We put andro down in the yard, and guess where the ants went? INTO MY CLOTHES CLOSET. There is not food in there, I guarantee you. As a matter of fact, all of my clothes got dumped in the washer, and out into the driveway. I still have piles in the garage.
I will try the grits, and the andro on opposite sides of the yard, and see what happens.
OK, I don't know why this bothers me so much, but look, here's a nice generalized encyclopedia entry that tells how ants digest food:
Adult ants digest only liquid foods. Some ants obtain nutrients from solid food, such as seeds, but they must turn this food into a liquid before swallowing it. These ants mix digestive juices into the food to help dissolve it. They then use their tongues to lap up the resulting juices and semiliquid bits of food. Once inside the mouth, partially solid food enters a chamber beneath the mouth opening, where a filter prevents solid particles from entering the digestive tract. These particles are pressed into a solid pellet that the ant removes from its mouth.
naters - How awful - I probably would've torched the pile of clothes once they were in the driveway. I once had fire ants come in under my window and crawl into a pair of shorts I'd discarded on the floor beside my bed. Next morning, I rolled out of bed all unsuspecting and put them on. I must've been bitten about a dozen times before I could get them off again. Fire ants? We hates 'em, precious.
I guess that Amdro Pro and IGR are funding their "research". Clemson did not try the grits they just denounced the theory. I will buy another $2.50 bag of grits and put it out - The ants can work on their own theory.
I have to agree w/ this. In my experience, the fire ants move the hill IF AND ONLY IF YOU DON'T PUT ENOUGH GRITS ON. What I found was that I had to literally bury the anthill in a huge mound of grits. But it definitely did work. I used them in a friend of mine's yard where I was farm-sitting - he had at least 15 anthills out there. By the time he got back, he had none!
"The standard you walk by is the standard you accept."--Lt. Gen. David Morrison, Austalian Army Chief
Southern Cal has ants more-or-less year round, tho I have yet to see a fire ant. The most satisfying thing I ever did was the boiling water method. Had some luck with chalk, more on vertical surfaces than horizontal ones. The most effective thing was to hire an ant service. Practical for a 984 sq ft house on a proportionally-sized lot, perhaps not for acreage. Which is fine, b/c I can't afford acreage. Have seen maybe 10 ants in the last two years, inside and out. That doesn't count the ones that come along with plants from the nursery; however, I can put the plant in the ground, ants and all, and still have no ants. No ants in the trash. No ants marching across my counters or floor.
Maybe the moral to this is to hire a professional.