Pests and Diseases forum: "Kissing" Fire Ants Goodbye!

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Name: Reid
North Branch, MN (Zone 4b)
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Feb 6, 2014 9:51 AM CST
I was listening to the You Bet Your Garden Podcast, and they interviewed the Dirt Doctor, Howard Garret of Texas. He said Fire Ants do not like Mistletoe. You can make a tea of it and dump it down the hole, decorate the mound with it, or shred it up and sprinkle it all over.

They also do not like compost tea and dried molasses. These nasty buggers abhor the soil life that is created by the addition of organic matter in their home.

These ants did not become a problem the Dr. said until people started using chemicals to get rid of them.

Has anyone heard of this technique, or poked around his website? Please share what you have learned!

Here is a link to a video he did on another method. If it doesn't link, copy and paste it:
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Mar 28, 2014 8:45 AM CST
Are you seeing many fire ants in Z4b?
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Name: Reid
North Branch, MN (Zone 4b)
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Mar 28, 2014 9:30 AM CST
No, but I know many members probably do.
Name: greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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Jun 13, 2014 6:10 PM CST
I will hunt down some mistletoe and give this a try. Thanks.
And thanks for thinking about folks in zones other than your own; it is appreciated! Thumbs up
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Jun 1, 2016 10:01 AM CST
Diatomaceous earth is very good for killing ants of all kinds as well as other insects. It works nicely in a puffer bottle with a long tip. I just stick the tip in the ants' entrances and give a little squeeze to puff a bit down the hole. If you can't find the entrance holes, you can mix the diatomaceous earth with bait like sugar. It works best with powdery stuff. It does not work as well if you mix it with wet stuff.

The disadvantage of diatomaceous earth (D.E.) is that you have to reapply whenever it gets wet. If you keep doing it for a while, you can almost wipe them out in a small area. I have no idea how to get it to work on a big farm. It is great for home gardens, though.

You can buy D.E. in feed stores where they sell chicken stuff. You don't need very much of it to kill a lot of ants or other insects. It also makes a nice barrier. I used to keep a little line of D.E. around the edge of my yard to keep ants from coming in from the neighbors places.

D.E. isn't poison to people or animals, you can even eat it or give it to your animals to kill parasites like worms. It is not good to breathe, though. I use a mask when I am applying it. It is also good to add to flour and other stored foods in small quantities to prevent bugs from taking over the foods. Here is a place to get dosages for parasites: http://wolfcreekranch1.tripod....

This site has how to use D.E. for food storage: https://www.diatomaceousearth....

Here is how the same site applies D.E. for pests: https://www.diatomaceousearth....

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