Myth or fact for ant control..

Discussion in 'Garden Pest Management and Identification' started by SUNRIZE, Oct 22, 2009.

  1. SUNRIZE

    SUNRIZE Active Member

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    I am being over run by many small ant hills in my back yard and did some reading on the use of grits for getting rid of my pests just wondering if there is some fact to this or will I just be giving the the ants a nice dinner?
     
  2. joclyn

    joclyn Rising Contributor

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    the corn meal/grits will definitely work and will kill the ants. only thing is, then there is a home in move-in condition and other ants will quickly take over the space. so, it's a never-ending cycle.

    question: are these fire ants or regular ants?? for fire ants, i'd use one of the commercial chemicals. i know they work - not sure if new colonies would move into existing dens though. may not if it's chemically treated.
     
  3. monkeydog

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    For control of fire ants, we use "Eliminator brand fire ant killer plus. Comes in a Bag and is sold at Wal-mart, K-mart, Home Depot, etc. It works very well if applied according to the directions on bag, and I've never seen ants re-inhabit the same den.

    On a side note- We used to have problems with piss-ants in the house. A friend told me to place some dried chili peppers around and the ants would stay away. I placed some of my ancho chilis in the kitchen-threw one in the cupboard, another behind the coffee maker and another one just lays on top of the microwave. Have'nt had piss-ants in the house since, and it's been several years.

    Occasionaly, maybe 2 or 3 times a year, we'll see one or two ants but then they go away and no more show up. Have'nt done any kind of real scientific experiment to see if the chilis really helped or if it's just coincidence, but I don't plan on getting rid of the chilis!
     

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