• Welcome to the Chronicle Forums.
    Please complete your profile. The forums and the rest of www.chronofhorse.com has single sign-in, so your log in information for one will automatically work for the other. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the individual and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Chronicle of the Horse.

Announcement

Collapse

Forum rules and no-advertising policy

As a participant on this forum, it is your responsibility to know and follow our rules. Please read this message in its entirety.

Board Rules

1. You’re responsible for what you say.
As outlined in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, The Chronicle of the Horse and its affiliates, as well Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., the developers of vBulletin, are not legally responsible for statements made in the forums.

This is a public forum viewed by a wide spectrum of people, so please be mindful of what you say and who might be reading it—details of personal disputes are likely better handled privately. While posters are legally responsible for their statements, the moderators may in their discretion remove or edit posts that violate these rules. Users have the ability to modify or delete their own messages after posting, but administrators generally will not delete posts, threads or accounts upon request.

Outright inflammatory, vulgar, harassing, malicious or otherwise inappropriate statements and criminal charges unsubstantiated by a reputable news source or legal documentation will not be tolerated and will be dealt with at the discretion of the moderators.

2. Conversations in horse-related forums should be horse-related.
The forums are a wonderful source of information and support for members of the horse community. While it’s understandably tempting to share information or search for input on other topics upon which members might have a similar level of knowledge, members must maintain the focus on horses.

3. Keep conversations productive, on topic and civil.
Discussion and disagreement are inevitable and encouraged; personal insults, diatribes and sniping comments are unproductive and unacceptable. Whether a subject is light-hearted or serious, keep posts focused on the current topic and of general interest to other participants of that thread. Utilize the private message feature or personal email where appropriate to address side topics or personal issues not related to the topic at large.

4. No advertising in the discussion forums.
Posts in the discussion forums directly or indirectly advertising horses, jobs, items or services for sale or wanted will be removed at the discretion of the moderators. Use of the private messaging feature or email addresses obtained through users’ profiles for unsolicited advertising is not permitted.

Company representatives may participate in discussions and answer questions about their products or services, or suggest their products on recent threads if they fulfill the criteria of a query. False "testimonials" provided by company affiliates posing as general consumers are not appropriate, and self-promotion of sales, ad campaigns, etc. through the discussion forums is not allowed.

Paid advertising is available on our classifieds site and through the purchase of banner ads. The tightly monitored Giveaways forum permits free listings of genuinely free horses and items available or wanted (on a limited basis). Items offered for trade are not allowed.

Advertising Policy Specifics
When in doubt of whether something you want to post constitutes advertising, please contact a moderator privately in advance for further clarification. Refer to the following points for general guidelines:

Horses – Only general discussion about the buying, leasing, selling and pricing of horses is permitted. If the post contains, or links to, the type of specific information typically found in a sales or wanted ad, and it’s related to a horse for sale, regardless of who’s selling it, it doesn’t belong in the discussion forums.

Stallions – Board members may ask for suggestions on breeding stallion recommendations. Stallion owners may reply to such queries by suggesting their own stallions, only if their horse fits the specific criteria of the original poster. Excessive promotion of a stallion by its owner or related parties is not permitted and will be addressed at the discretion of the moderators.

Services – Members may use the forums to ask for general recommendations of trainers, barns, shippers, farriers, etc., and other members may answer those requests by suggesting themselves or their company, if their services fulfill the specific criteria of the original post. Members may not solicit other members for business if it is not in response to a direct, genuine query.

Products – While members may ask for general opinions and suggestions on equipment, trailers, trucks, etc., they may not list the specific attributes for which they are in the market, as such posts serve as wanted ads.

Event Announcements – Members may post one notification of an upcoming event that may be of interest to fellow members, if the original poster does not benefit financially from the event. Such threads may not be “bumped” excessively. Premium members may post their own notices in the Event Announcements forum.

Charities/Rescues – Announcements for charitable or fundraising events can only be made for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. Special exceptions may be made, at the moderators’ discretion and direction, for board-related events or fundraising activities in extraordinary circumstances.

Occasional posts regarding horses available for adoption through IRS-registered horse rescue or placement programs are permitted in the appropriate forums, but these threads may be limited at the discretion of the moderators. Individuals may not advertise or make announcements for horses in need of rescue, placement or adoption unless the horse is available through a recognized rescue or placement agency or government-run entity or the thread fits the criteria for and is located in the Giveaways forum.

5. Do not post copyrighted photographs unless you have purchased that photo and have permission to do so.

6. Respect other members.
As members are often passionate about their beliefs and intentions can easily be misinterpreted in this type of environment, try to explore or resolve the inevitable disagreements that arise in the course of threads calmly and rationally.

If you see a post that you feel violates the rules of the board, please click the “alert” button (exclamation point inside of a triangle) in the bottom left corner of the post, which will alert ONLY the moderators to the post in question. They will then take whatever action, or no action, as deemed appropriate for the situation at their discretion. Do not air grievances regarding other posters or the moderators in the discussion forums.

Please be advised that adding another user to your “Ignore” list via your User Control Panel can be a useful tactic, which blocks posts and private messages by members whose commentary you’d rather avoid reading.

7. We have the right to reproduce statements made in the forums.
The Chronicle of the Horse may copy, quote, link to or otherwise reproduce posts, or portions of posts, in print or online for advertising or editorial purposes, if attributed to their original authors, and by posting in this forum, you hereby grant to The Chronicle of the Horse a perpetual, non-exclusive license under copyright and other rights, to do so.

8. We reserve the right to enforce and amend the rules.
The moderators may delete, edit, move or close any post or thread at any time, or refrain from doing any of the foregoing, in their discretion, and may suspend or revoke a user’s membership privileges at any time to maintain adherence to the rules and the general spirit of the forum. These rules may be amended at any time to address the current needs of the board.

Please see our full Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for more information.

Thanks for being a part of the COTH forums!

(Revised 1/26/16)
See more
See less

Killing ants...

Collapse
X
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Killing ants...

    I know this thread has been done a dozen times but my searches turn up things like TWH Soaring and killing mice. Apparently, "ant hills" and "killing ants" aren't good search words. Can someone please point me to some threads about killing fire ants in pastures? I have some MONSTER ant hills in my pasture and they need to go.

    Thanks!
    "Dogs are man's best friend. Cats are man's adorable little serial killer." -- theoatmeal.com

  • #2
    One TBS of gasoline. Poke deep hole in mound with stick. Throw stick. Pour in wee bit of gas. Go to next mound. It is the fumes that will do them in.

    Comment


    • #3
      Not sure how much help it will be, but there was one a year or so ago that evolved (devolved?) into a lengthy discourse on the proper ways to prepare grits.
      The inherent vice of Capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings. The inherent virtue of Socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.
      Winston Churchill

      Comment


      • #4
        There are old wives tales and there is Amdro. However, Amdro, flame throwers or even gasoline or grits, will not kill all the ants. You have to pick your battles and do a cost/benefit analysis. The only thing I fantasize about is an anteater. They have one at the zoo. He looks so bored in that small pen. I could give him such a lovely place to roam...but I digress.

        The only thing I do is go after the ant hills that are in areas where I or the horses frequent. That's the pick your battles part. I also hate using poisons (we have poultry that might eat it by accident). So, what do I do with, say, a big ol' fire ant mound in front of a gate? Well, I find another, equally big one, hopefully in another bad spot, and I start a war. Get a shovel and shove into nest #1. When they react, get a shovelful and run to the other (hopefully near) nest. Drop #1 shovelful on #2 and get a shovelful of nest #2 to dump on nest #1. Repeat if necessary.
        “Pray, hope, and don't worry.”

        St. Padre Pio

        Comment


        • #5
          I found fire ants in my garden bed when I was about to plant this year. I boiled some water in my tea pot and poured it all over the mound. They died instantly. The water was at a good rolling boil. It might take a while if you have a lot of mounds, but it was an instant fix and pet safe. For really big mounds, I pour the boiling water, then stir up the mound and then pour more water if I still see a few.

          This method did kill the grass where the ant hill was.

          Comment


          • #6
            Originally posted by microbovine View Post
            There are old wives tales and there is Amdro. However, Amdro, flame throwers or even gasoline or grits, will not kill all the ants. You have to pick your battles and do a cost/benefit analysis. The only thing I fantasize about is an anteater. They have one at the zoo. He looks so bored in that small pen. I could give him such a lovely place to roam...but I digress.

            )
            And you can teach them to shake hands, really easily! That's my "claim to fame" of stupid animal tricks... I taught one to do it in about 2 days. Kids thought it was really neat to ask an anteater to "shake" and he would offer his paw/foot.

            Comment


            • #7
              Originally posted by microbovine View Post
              There are old wives tales and there is Amdro. However, Amdro, flame throwers or even gasoline or grits, will not kill all the ants. You have to pick your battles and do a cost/benefit analysis. The only thing I fantasize about is an anteater. They have one at the zoo. He looks so bored in that small pen. I could give him such a lovely place to roam...but I digress.

              The only thing I do is go after the ant hills that are in areas where I or the horses frequent. That's the pick your battles part. I also hate using poisons (we have poultry that might eat it by accident). So, what do I do with, say, a big ol' fire ant mound in front of a gate? Well, I find another, equally big one, hopefully in another bad spot, and I start a war. Get a shovel and shove into nest #1. When they react, get a shovelful and run to the other (hopefully near) nest. Drop #1 shovelful on #2 and get a shovelful of nest #2 to dump on nest #1. Repeat if necessary.
              I would pay good money for an ant eater!
              I have tried the bad stuff.. Now I try to stay away from that.
              I read about Borax mixed with water and sugar disolved. Borax kills them and the sugar attracts them to it. Sigh~

              Comment


              • #8
                The borax recipe is basically Terro. I have had good luck with it on house ants and like it because it is pet-safe (I do still keep them out of it but if one of them gets in it, it is supposed to be OK).

                Comment


                • #9
                  Good luck, OP. If you figure it out, let me know. I'll pay you money if you figure out how to get rid of them in a cost effective manner.

                  Originally posted by microbovine View Post
                  There are old wives tales and there is Amdro. However, Amdro, flame throwers or even gasoline or grits, will not kill all the ants.
                  I managed to get rid of about half of my 86 (yes, I counted) nests in my fields with either Amdro, soaking nests with Malathion, or a combo of both. I like both of those because they're poured directly onto the mound, which limits the possibility of my horses eating it. I got rid of them for about two weeks, at which point the punks rebuilt elsewhere, in some cases, less than 2' away from the first nest. I gave up. After extensive research, you have to kill the queen, which is clearly hard to do.

                  Originally posted by microbovine View Post
                  Well, I find another, equally big one, hopefully in another bad spot, and I start a war. Get a shovel and shove into nest #1. When they react, get a shovelful and run to the other (hopefully near) nest. Drop #1 shovelful on #2 and get a shovelful of nest #2 to dump on nest #1. Repeat if necessary.
                  This doesn't always work, especially if nests are near each other, because those nests will share a queen(s) and won't fight.

                  I have dictated to my best friend that when I die, I want everyone at my memorial service to destroy as many fire ant nests as they can, so that I can ensure that I take as many of those bastards down with me as I can.

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    I use this:
                    http://www.walmart.com/ip/Ortho-Orth...iller/16888872

                    It's a very fine powder that does not have to be watered in. Use it very sparingly... smells goddawful, but a little bit spread on an active hill, walk away and in a couple of hours the hill will be dead. Not moved on, but dead.... you can see the thousands of dead ants around the mouth of the hill. You can then scuffle dirt into the hill to cover up whatever remains of the powder. I have been using this for years and it never fails to do the trick.
                    "I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you..."

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      I used diatomaceous earth. Hubby drove me around on the golf cart and I sprinkled it on the mounds. Activity in the mounds stopped within the day, I didn't see any new mounds and it's safe for chickens, horses, dogs and cats. I was really happy! Plus cheap and natural! Gonna get some more for the pasture I didn't do and get them GONE!

                      But mounds must be dry, no recent rain and no upcoming rain.
                      I want a signature but I have nothing original to say except: "STHU and RIDE!!!

                      Wonderful COTHER's I've met: belleellis, stefffic, snkstacres and janedoe726.

                      Comment

                      Working...
                      X