Oh Dog! Happy Sunday everybody! DeDe here to share the latest news.
Our current crisis has to do with Fire Ants. Now if you’re fortunate enough to not have to deal with these horrid little creatures, then count yourself fortunate. Apparently, they LOVE it here in Florida.
Unlike other kinds of ants, these guys bite ya. And those bites hurt…. and itch! The worst part is that they like to work in unison, so if you get bit once, you’re probably gonna get bit several times, and by more than one ant. And these guys WILL bite animals.
We found two large mounds in the back yard. Jen had picked up a few bites during our outings back there, and she was afraid they might get on one of us. So she began to treat the mounds.
First she tried the baking soda and vinegar method. You sprinkle baking soda on the mound and then pour vinegar over it to soak in.
That didn’t work. It DID encourage the ants to move though, so instead of two big mounds, we have about a dozen moderately sized ones.
Diatomaceous Earth has also been sprayed out there, and so far that hasn’t worked either.
So after asking some Facebook friends who live here in Florida, and doing some research online, Jen has opted to go for better living through chemistry.
She is going to broadcast the entire yard with a slow-acting ant killer, followed by treating individual mounds. She will also continue spraying with DE, in hopes that she won’t have to continue to use chemicals.
Jen chose this course of action after she went to the University of Florida Extension website, and got some good info for this area. Because critters respond differently in different areas, it’s always a good idea to check out your local extension service to see what works best in your area.
For example, they say using grits, soap, or moving the hill doesn’t work. They also say that pouring hot water on the mound is only moderately (20-60%) effective.
DE will kill the ants, but hasn’t shown to be effective with eliminating mounds.
Jen says she has only just begun to fight, and that she WILL be victorious.
What about you? Have YOU waged war against fire ants? What is your most effective weapon in your arsenal?