Daylilies forum: Fire ants in daylily bed

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Fort Worth, TX (Zone 8a)
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javaMom
May 26, 2016 1:11 PM CST
Hi friends,

I saw that my new daylily bed has visitors, terrible ones...a.k.a fire ants ( pretty sure it is fire ants) lots of them... What can I do to get them away from the bed without hurting the daylilies. I just planted them less than 1 month ago...
Thank you for your help...
Name: Sabrina
Italy, Brescia (Zone 8b)
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cybersix
May 26, 2016 1:54 PM CST
I use pesticide against ants. It doesn't hurt the plants. Or you can use ants baits. The closed ones where only ants can enter. Safer for other animals too.
Sabrina, North Italy
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Name: Barbalee
Amarillo, TX (Zone 7a)
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Barbalee
May 26, 2016 2:00 PM CST
You poor thing, JavaMom! Snails, aphids, fire ants...plus crazy weather! I feel for you! Sighing!
Name: Sabrina
Italy, Brescia (Zone 8b)
Love daylilies and making candles!
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cybersix
May 26, 2016 2:05 PM CST
I know ants babysit aphids. Don't know if fire ants do it too. So the problems may be correlated.
Sabrina, North Italy
My blog: http://hemerocallisblog.com
Fort Worth, TX (Zone 8a)
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javaMom
May 26, 2016 2:29 PM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing I know but they are still growing and shooting scapes so I'm not too worry...I'm concern but not going to threw the towel yet Sticking tongue out
Name: Valerie
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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touchofsky
May 26, 2016 3:23 PM CST
We spend time in New Mexico, and I got bitten by fire ants. The bites were terrible! I don't envy you fire ants in your daylily bed Crying
Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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beckygardener
May 26, 2016 7:32 PM CST
This is what I use and it works quite well. The problem is that the queen isn't always killed but instead moves the colony, so I have to apply the bait every month or so to wherever the mound/fire ants have moved.

Amdro Fire Ant Bait:
http://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/product/amdro-fire-ant-bait...
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Fort Worth, TX (Zone 8a)
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javaMom
May 26, 2016 10:48 PM CST
Thank you Sabrina, Valerie, Barbalee and Becky......it's been raining all day today so I probably have to wait....

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