Killing fire ants - Knowledgebase Question

Riverview, Fl
Question by rgibson42
February 13, 2010
Can pouring club soda on a fire ant mound kill the fire ants or is this bad information being placed on the internet?


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Answer from NGA
February 13, 2010

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I don't think club soda would have any effect on fire ants. There's really nothing in the soda that might deter them, kill them, or send them packing to another location. On the other hand, it's relatively harmless in terms of trying to get rid of the pests without using chemicals. You can try pouring very hot to boiling water directly on the mounds which will kill FRESH fire ant mounds 60% of time. Be careful not to cook any plants that might be in the area! Or you can use Combat or Spectracide fire ant bait products. These are not approved for use IN vegetable gardens (if that's where they are) but can be applied around and outside the borders of the garden so the worker ants inside and outside of the garden can gather the bait and take it back to their colonies. Try the boiling water treatment first. If that doesn't work, you may have to resort to chemical control.

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