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csrlice12
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Re: Fire Ants....ouch! new [Re: tigerroach]
      #6083727 - 09/16/13 11:30 AM

....and now a discussion about sink holes.......

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Geo31
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Re: Fire Ants....ouch! new [Re: csrlice12]
      #6084069 - 09/16/13 02:39 PM

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....and now a discussion about sink holes.......




That would be in the equipment section, right? $$$$$$$$$$$$$$


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hottr6
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Re: Fire Ants....ouch! new [Re: GeneT]
      #6084368 - 09/16/13 05:24 PM

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I have found Amdro to be the best treatment. I sprinkle it heavily on any mounds, or where there is evidence of the ants.



+1 on Amdro. There are a lot of ant treatments, but most work only with "sweet" ants. Fire ants are not "sweet" ants. Amdro has been especially formulated for fire ants, is fast working and very, very effective.

I don't feel bad killing individual insects, but deliberately killing a whole city makes me really sad. I had an Ant Farm when I was a kid and developed a very healthy respect for these wonderfully industrious creatures. Nevertheless, I have other animals on our property that I am sworn to protect.


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rookie
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Re: Fire Ants....ouch! new [Re: hottr6]
      #6085094 - 09/17/13 12:12 AM

Fire ants are not really ants, they are wingless wasps. They have been studied because they can stealthily cover an animal and then all bite at the same time. The mystery is how they are able to communicate with each other. They kill cattle. I've had to become educated about them because my son nearly died from several bites when he was 4 years old and I've been giving him monthly allergy shots since that time. The serum also protects him from wasp stings.

I regularly check the our property to the perimeter and put bait down. I use Amdro or similar specific to fire ants. I used to have a constant problem, but it has gradually declined over the years. Since his problem is a severe allergy, I also keep topical benadryl gel in the house. I needed it for him just last week.


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csa/montana
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Re: Fire Ants....ouch! new [Re: rookie]
      #6085623 - 09/17/13 10:01 AM

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Fire ants are not really ants, they are wingless wasps.




Wow! no wonder they are so feared! Thanks for this information. I'm very thankful that there are none in my area!


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davidpitre
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Re: Fire Ants....ouch! new [Re: csa/montana]
      #6085655 - 09/17/13 10:19 AM

Quote:

Quote:

Fire ants are not really ants, they are wingless wasps.




Wow! no wonder they are so feared! Thanks for this information.




Woe there. This is not true.
Fire ants are without question ants (a member of the family Formicidae). Perhaps he is confused with Velvet Ants, which are in fact, a wingless wasp. We have a species of velvet ant on our farm, they are stunningly beautiful. Both wasps and all ants are members of the same sub-order.
Fire ants have not reached Nova Scotia, as suggested, and likely never will because of their inability to survive frozen ground.
I'll add to the recommendation of Amdro. Unlike some of the solutions mentioned, it does not "kill everything".


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csrlice12
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Re: Fire Ants....ouch! new [Re: davidpitre]
      #6085687 - 09/17/13 10:32 AM

"Both wasps and all ants are members of the same sub-order."

along with mosquitos, chiggers, skunks, racoons, deer, bear, cougars, coyotes, rattlesnakes, etc.....

Clouds are thought to also be related to this suborder...

Light Pollution could also be lumped in there......


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yepimanerd
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Re: Fire Ants....ouch! new [Re: csrlice12]
      #6085734 - 09/17/13 11:02 AM

Those little buggers have been terrible this year. I've had to treat my yard 3 times this summer, and every time they come back with friends. Looks like I'll have to put the nuclear option on the table...

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tigerroach
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Re: Fire Ants....ouch! new [Re: yepimanerd]
      #6085741 - 09/17/13 11:09 AM

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Those little buggers have been terrible this year. I've had to treat my yard 3 times this summer, and every time they come back with friends. Looks like I'll have to put the nuclear option on the table...




Oh you don't want to nuke them - that just makes them mad!


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csrlice12
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Re: Fire Ants....ouch! new [Re: tigerroach]
      #6085743 - 09/17/13 11:11 AM

THEM!

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Geo31
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Re: Fire Ants....ouch! new [Re: csa/montana]
      #6085778 - 09/17/13 11:32 AM

Actually hey are stinging ants, but they are ants.

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Fire ant is the popular name for ants in the genus Solenopsis. There are over 285 species worldwide. They are stinging ants and most of their common names reflect this...




http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fire_ant


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Kraus
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Re: Fire Ants....ouch! new [Re: Geo31]
      #6085947 - 09/17/13 12:56 PM


Call them a bottle of scotch if you want. They're still a pain.


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REC
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Re: Fire Ants....ouch! new [Re: tigerroach]
      #6086178 - 09/17/13 02:51 PM

Yeah I kill one and two days later they have a new one 10 ft. away....I think my whole neighborhood is one big ant hill

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Geo31
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Re: Fire Ants....ouch! new [Re: REC]
      #6086251 - 09/17/13 03:37 PM

I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.

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csrlice12
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Re: Fire Ants....ouch! new [Re: Geo31]
      #6086261 - 09/17/13 03:42 PM

Once again, ever seen that 50s movie, "Them", giant ants running rampant thruout our sewer systems....Twas the bombing that made them angry.......

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brianb11213
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Re: Fire Ants....ouch! new [Re: Geo31]
      #6086284 - 09/17/13 03:59 PM

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I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.



Why not just nuke the whole planet?


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csrlice12
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Re: Fire Ants....ouch! new [Re: brianb11213]
      #6086289 - 09/17/13 04:01 PM

We already have plenty of free nuclear energy from the sun, why make more???? All we need is a giant magnifying glass......that's the ticket!!!!!

Edited by csrlice12 (09/17/13 04:03 PM)


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Geo31
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Re: Fire Ants....ouch! new [Re: csrlice12]
      #6086320 - 09/17/13 04:22 PM

That's it man. Game over man. Game over.

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woodscavenger
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Re: Fire Ants....ouch! new [Re: tigerroach]
      #6096564 - 09/23/13 10:32 AM

Those are such lovely creatures. I was in Fort Worth. My boy was 9 months. Crawled around the rosebush and we heard him whimper. Pulled him out and he was covered in fireants (he was only in his diaper since it was so hot and we are rednecks). The quickest thing to do was hose him off....which he hated worse than the bites. We have a photo of him looking like he has chicken pox he has so many bites. But never cried from the bites. Tough kid.

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tigerroach
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Re: Fire Ants....ouch! new [Re: woodscavenger]
      #6096864 - 09/23/13 01:41 PM

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Those are such lovely creatures. I was in Fort Worth. My boy was 9 months. Crawled around the rosebush and we heard him whimper. Pulled him out and he was covered in fireants (he was only in his diaper since it was so hot and we are rednecks). The quickest thing to do was hose him off....which he hated worse than the bites. We have a photo of him looking like he has chicken pox he has so many bites. But never cried from the bites. Tough kid.




Nightmare!

Your boy sounds like a real trooper.


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