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    Fire ant control products come in several different forms. The most commonly applied variety are the fire ant bait products. These baits are formulated to be attractive to the insects, leading them out of their burrows and into the traps that have been set. Once they eat the bait, they will not die instantly, but rather will take the poison back to their nest, sharing it with the other ants and leading to the destruction of the colony.

    Fortunately, getting rid of fire ants is much easier than getting rid of some other pests, because they rarely enter a home. Thus, it is easy to target them where they live, in lawns and other vegetation. The application of fire ant poison directly on top of and in the vicinity of the raised mounds of dirt where they live is almost always sufficient to get rid of the problem.

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    Grits for fire ants is a old wives tale...it does not work. http://www.pestproducts.com/grits.htm
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    Yep, Sandra is right, grits don't do nothing~!!

    I had them get into my house and EAT the grits in my cabinet and keep coming back for more. If you had a totally dry environment your grits would stay dry and then swell up in the ants stomach. That is supposed to be what kills the ant, but putting grits outside guarantees they will be wet and become a yummy food.

    Surrender is what I use. It's in a green cardboard cylinder with metal top and bottom. You put ONE TEASPOON, no more, on the mound. THEN, you MUST look all around the mound for the run-outs. There will be 3-5 run-0uts; tiny little escape mounds. Some of these will be easy to find if the mound has been there for a while. If it's a newer mound, they may be the size of a dime. You have to search 3-5 feet from the mound all the way around to find the run-outs and treat those with a tiny sprinkle, just enough to cover them. I got rid of all the ones around my house and in my pastures, One pasture that is rough and not finished yet still has them.

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    I just get the heeby jeebies when people talk about fire ants - ugh - if you stir the nest stand way back, don't even let one crawl on you - I have heard that it just takes one bite from one ant and it tells the others to bite as well - is that true?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mftowner06 View Post
    I just get the heeby jeebies when people talk about fire ants - ugh - if you stir the nest stand way back, don't even let one crawl on you - I have heard that it just takes one bite from one ant and it tells the others to bite as well - is that true?
    When they bite they send a signal to the others to bite. They don;t bite until a number of them have joined the first one in investigating you, then they all bite at one time. You can't kill them all with one swipe so the bite is more effective that way.
    NEVER stirr up a nest. That makes them scatter and start more colonies.

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    what is venomous is their sting, not their bite. They hold on to your skin with their little pinchers, then they will sting you . I hate them with a passion!
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    I found another site that said boric acid or muriatic acid would kill them and then another than said really strong fertilizer, like 10, 0, 60 would kill them as well. I know I tried diatomaceous earth and it didn't deter them in the least. Have one now that I have been squirting with a hose and drowning the mound on a daily basis. They will move about a foot over each day, but the mound keeps getting smaller with less ants and no more eggs.
    Supposedly, even if you chase them, you keep them from reproducing and making more mounds.

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    There's a show on Fire Ants right on National Geographic Wild -
    might give you some tips on how to rid of them - they said that fire ants can uphold to radiation from a microwave, and they are attracted to heat/electrical wires etc... they will invade electric box, chewing on wires causing electric shortages which can cause fires.

    I guess some of the ranchers are getting together around Texas and coming up with a plan - kinda interesting
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    Ok Texas ranchers - experimenting - they dig up fire ants - and they're experiment with a fly that attacks these ants - these flies dive bomb the fire ants and jams their eggs into the fire ants, the egg develops inside the ants, the eggs develope and after a few week the larva slithers up into the ants head and continue to develop into a maggot what ever happens the ants heads fall off.... after that they emerge into full flies from the heads of the ants....
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    Quote Originally Posted by mftowner06 View Post
    Ok Texas ranchers - experimenting - they dig up fire ants - and they're experiment with a fly that attacks these ants - these flies dive bomb the fire ants and jams their eggs into the fire ants, the egg develops inside the ants, the eggs develope and after a few week the larva slithers up into the ants head and continue to develop into a maggot what ever happens the ants heads fall off.... after that they emerge into full flies from the heads of the ants....

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