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Friggin fire ants

Discussion in 'GatorTail Pub' started by Gator515151, May 8, 2018.

  1. Gator515151

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    I hate them little bastards. That's all I have to say about that.
     
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    Amdro
     
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  3. gatorjjh

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    does the trick around my place
     
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  4. Gator515151

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    Yup first thing I reached for but it doesn't help the surprise attack this morning. I was fixing the fence in the back yard and standing right in the middle of a bed.
     
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    ouch! happened to me yesterday, picked up a log that had been on the ground a while, came up with a fist full of FAs, keep a container of benedryl outside to just that use :)
     
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    Brings back a painful memory from childhood when I lived in Florida. Must have been about 12 or 13, summertime, living in S. Florida, and it was raining cats and dogs. Went outside to drain the pool, barefoot, because why wear shoes in the pouring rain? Stepped in a fire ant hill and must have been bitten a dozen times on my left foot! Swelled up so bad I could hardly walk and couldn't put a shoe for about two days! It was painful, but fortunately, that was the worst of it.
     
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    Funny fire ant story on Mrs51 back in the 80's. We were at a picnic with friends in an orange grove. Mrs51 and her best friend Louise were standing under an orange tree picking oranges. The ants must have waited until they had an army throughout the girls clothes before attacking. Both girls stripped to their bra and panties in front of God and everybody. No shame during a massive fire ant attack.
     
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  8. wygator

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    Android never quite did the job for me. The ants kept moving around. I spread the entire yard with diazinon or dursban every three months.
     
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    The stuff used to only treat individual beds just makes them move. Use the amdro or orthomax granules made for broadcast spreading over the whole yard. Works great at keeping them gone for about four months.
     
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    Get them on your hands and feet and it always seems like 3/4ths of the stings are on your knuckles so it takes forever for the venom to disperse and the burning and itching to go away.
     
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  11. ElimiGator

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    Where do you buy Dursban?
     
  12. wygator

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    I've been in Wyoming for 18 years now, so I'm not sure.
     
  13. wygator

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    Used to get it at Home Depot or any other place that sold lawn treatment
     
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    And then water it in immediately.
     
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  15. ElimiGator

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    Try Talstar Talstar P (Talstar One)
    Contains Bifrenthin. They carry it back home and spread it around to all their buddies including the queen. Kill the queen and you win! Works on other chit too which is why I like it. Worked indoors for me to get rid of carpenter ants too.
     
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    I asked because it was banned by the EPA in 2001. Some companies may still have it around.
     
  17. tilly

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    Every true Florida boy at some point did the ol' gas and match trick. You had to let it sink down to the queen and then 'poof"! Millions of little snaps later and no more ants. But man was dad ticked about the burn mark in the yard. Good times.
     
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  18. wygator

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    Didn't realize that. How about DDT?
     
  19. ElimiGator

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    Sold at our local Publix. Right next to the baby formula and arsenic trioxide toothpaste. o_O
     
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    I've started using a combination of amdro and spectracide. It seems to be working pretty well, although occasionally a mound will reappear.

    It's weird--20 or so years ago fire ants were spreading like mad. Then something happened and they started disappearing. Now they seem to be coming back. I dunno what that's about.