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    Fire Ants..What Do You Use

    Hi Ladies,

    First time posting here. My dh and I are going to be doing some much needed lawn care this weekend and I have noticed that I have stupid evil fireants already. What do you use on your lawn to get rid of them. I have two dogs that love to lay around outside and I can't leave them out there in fear that they will get bitten. I swear these things are straight from h*ll. Pardon my anger.

    Any suggestions would be WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    This link goes to a short discussion about fire ants and recommends MaxForce control granules. I'm not sure if it is a MaxForce website. But it did give me the idea that nursery stores must carry fire ant killer so you might check and Home Depot, Lowe's, Wal*Mart or your local nursery for a product to take care of the problem. Good luck. That's pretty bad when you can't even let your dog out.
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    Thank you for the information. I will be checking Lowe's this weekend.
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    The exterminator usually gets rid of ours. I'm not sure what he uses but I'll ask. I should probably know, anyway. LOL! Good luck.
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    We used a natural solution of crushed cayenne peppers fermenting in Dawn dishwashing liquid and some water for a few weeks. Then you pour the solution on the mound and they are gone!
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    Here is a Q & A from an email newsletter I get:

    Dealing With Ant Hills

    Q: We are starting to have an ant problem again this year. I am
    looking for something that will get rid for them, maybe something
    that can be made from items in the kitchen. There seems to be
    thousands of tiny ones in each hill. We do have animals and don't
    want anything that will be harmful to them.
    Hardiness Zone: 8a
    Jodi from Gary, Texas

    A: Jodi,

    Most ants are important to the garden. They help aerate the soil,
    scatter seeds and prey on harmful insects. When they become a
    nuisance, the best approach to controlling ants is to figure out
    what types of ants you have and what factors are contributing to
    the problem.

    Ants will naturally set up colonies where access to food and
    water is readily available. For example, certain types of ants
    herd and prey on sap-sucking insects like aphids. If you get rid
    of the aphids, you will soon have fewer ants.

    If ants are getting into your house, take note of how they are
    getting in and where they are headed. Remove any crumbs or other
    sources of food and water that they seem to be taking advantage
    of (inside and outside). Seal off cracks in doors or windows with
    a bit of Elmer's(c) glue or clear silicon sealant to prevent them
    from entering. Add a little boric acid to the glue or sealant to
    keep them from eating the glue.

    For immediate relief indoors, try combining 8 oz. of
    lavender-scented ivory dish soap with 1 oz. of an essential oil
    like Cinnamon, Citronella, Rose or Tea Tree oil. Add 5
    tablespoons of this to a quart of water and apply it using a
    spray bottle. This isn't a solution for long-term control but it
    will help temporarily. You can also spray this on garbage
    containers outdoors.

    If ants are after your fruit trees, try placing duct tape
    (sticky-side out) around the trunk to keep them from climbing up
    the trunk.

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