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PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 2011 9:52 am 
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How do I control pests like fire ants on a 400+ acre campus economically? The baits work well but I can't see sending out armies to drench mounds......?


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 2011 3:28 pm 
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Look up beneficial nematoes in the Dirt Doctor library.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2011 6:17 am 
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You might try repeated broadcast applications of molasses at 1 gallon per acre. You'll probably want to get a wholesale price for the molasses. Look at a farm and ranch co-op.

There are two types of ants. Those that harvest sugar and those that harvest protein. Fire ants harvest protein and really hate anything sugary. By spraying sugar over a large area, the fire ants will avoid the area. My theory on this is the sugar promotes bacterial growth on their underground food supply and essentially makes it go bad.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2011 7:22 am 
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Good info on protein vs sugar harvesting ants. I never knew that after MANY years of messin' with ants.

What happened to the big Red Ants I grew up with? Did the fire ants displace them? That's why I hate to use baits... I believe it kills ALL ants.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 05, 2011 5:36 pm 
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Those large Red Ants must have migrated to my location. They ruin a fair bit of our pasture, and don't seem to mind DE.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 05, 2011 8:02 pm 
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You must be talking about something else. Fire ants are very small red and black ants (mostly red).

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 05, 2011 9:34 pm 
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northwesterner wrote:
You must be talking about something else. Fire ants are very small red and black ants (mostly red).


??? Who must be???

I was responding to Brad, having asked about the large red ants.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 05, 2011 10:18 pm 
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I didn't read far enough through - just caught the chatter about the little ants. Oh, well. Long day in the garden, and for once, NO ant bites. :-/

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