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rburleson
Aug 13, 2016 7:51 AM CST
I just moved from NY to San Antonio, Texas. Sure is different down here, I have a small back yard which is fenced all around so I have the heat, I checked the temperature of my bed back in July, it came in at 145 degrees one foot above the surface, I brought in compost and built raised beds, the ants just love the compost! I pull a weed or spent plant I have ants all over the place, now I don't have a problem with a ant being a ant but down here they bite. I have tried Diatomaceous earth and Sevin as I'm trying to grow vegetables I don't really want to use anything stronger.
Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
Aug 13, 2016 8:00 AM CST
Welcome to Texas?
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Name: Tara
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terrafirma
Aug 13, 2016 8:58 AM CST
Hilarious! porkpal, you're too funny!

@rburleson have you tried sprinkling the anthills with used coffee grounds? Seems to work for me. Don't think it kills them, but they do disappear/move elsewhere.
Name: Barbalee
Amarillo, TX (Zone 7a)
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Barbalee
Aug 13, 2016 9:15 AM CST
Good idea, Tara! I'm not the OP, but I'll sure try the used coffee grounds as I have many ants (here in Texas)!
Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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wildflowers
Aug 13, 2016 10:27 AM CST
We used to use a product called Orange Guard that works very well at getting rid of ants and is not harmful to humans or animals. Lately I haven't been able to find it around here but we're out in the boonies so it may be easy to find where you are. It's made from orange oil, you can probably do a web search to find.

We also tried cinnamon and turmeric. It seems like the turmeric was somewhat effective.

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Name: Kat
Magnolia, Tx (Zone 8b)
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kittriana
Aug 13, 2016 10:35 AM CST
You are talking Fire ants. They draw to moisture actually, can be found in mounds 80' below the surface. Will climb into your walls in floods. Boiling water is used when you have other things like bees you don't wish to kill. Still, it's a NEVER ENDING FIGHT. Especially when your neighbor broadcasts his yard with Over and Out and his ants pack up and move to your place. Welcome!
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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Aug 13, 2016 1:14 PM CST
Fire ants are evil, and not native to the US so you should get rid of them. Ant bait is most effective, and is a targeted solution that only kills the ants, as they pick it up and take it back to the nest. Unless the queen is killed, the nest will regenerate no matter how many workers you kill off with things like boiling water, and Over and Out.

My favorite brand is Aamdro, but it shouldn't be used within 6ft of any growing vegetables. Another brand, Come n Get It is approved for edibles, but you need to get it fresh or the ants won't take it. It goes rancid very quickly. So buy and use it right away for best results.
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Name: Kat
Magnolia, Tx (Zone 8b)
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kittriana
Aug 13, 2016 4:21 PM CST
Amdro hasnt worked in Texas as well as it did. The orange peel oils from Florida hedge oranges didnt work either, shrug- diff reasons I am sure. Rburleson is talking fireants I am sure also. Austin had those floods this Spring, then back into drought. Nothing has worked consistently, notsure what wadp they considered releasing that is a natural predator- havent heard more about it.
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Name: Tara
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terrafirma
Aug 13, 2016 6:42 PM CST
Hopefully the OP will come back, because there was no mention of fire ants...just ants...and all ants can bite! I have tiny black ants here that bite...especially when disturbed, or sprayed with vinegar, which we use as a 'natural' herbicide.

rburleson
Aug 17, 2016 5:31 PM CST
Thanks for all Your Suggestions, I'm not sure what You call them up north these little ants don't bite. in California where I was born fire ants are large and red, these look like regular household ants but they Bite! Today I harvested my compost pile getting ready for the fall planting and it was swarming with them.
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sallyg
Aug 18, 2016 6:00 AM CST
https://fireant.tamu.edu/manage/faq/
Common names may confuse things, Southern fire ants are small
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