Fire ants nest in the soil, often near moist areas, such as river banks, pond edges, watered lawns and highway edges. Usually the nest will not be visible as it will be built under objects such as timber, logs, rocks, paving, bricks, etc. |
Fire ants, sometimes referred to as simply red ants, are stinging ants of which there are over 280 species worldwide. Red ants are a complete annoyance when it comes to them building their colonies throughout ones back and front yard. Whether it be in the grass, in your garden or even in the cracks of your sidewalk, try out natural remedies first to get rid of them as quick and safe as possible.
To keep ants from entering the house (or anywhere else) sprinkle baby powder on entry points. The ants won't cross and it is safe around pets and children. Bonus, smells nice too!
Use a solution of water and bleach and spray entire path ants take, you have to lose the scent they follow. Keep a spray bottle of it handy and spray their paths into your house.
Some people use lemon water made by adding 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to 1 quart of water. Spray the ants paths into your house.
See pesticide free method to get rid of ants:
Uncooked Grits or Cream of Wheat
Uncooked grits or cream of wheat sprinkled on the fire ant hill will work very effectively. Once the fire ants eat the grits or cream of wheat, it will expand in their stomachs and kill them immediately. Once this happens the population of fire ants is completely annihilated.
You need a 2 pound bag or box of Instant Grits and a 1 pound bag of sugar. Mix your ingredients together in a large bag and your ready to go ant hunting. If you have fire ants in the yard go up to the ants mound and put about two heaping spoon fulls of your mixture directly on top of the mound. Check the mound in 2-3 days. If you still see any ants add another spoon of the mixture to the top of the mound. It will get rid of the ants like you won't believe. Believe it or not the mixture works and works very well. Just remember it must be the instant grits that you use. The long cook grits will not work.
The Ants eat the Instant Grits and it expands inside of them and the ant simply explodes. Yes explodes. Don't believe me put a few ants in a jar and feed them Instant Grits. It will kill them quickly.
The Sugar is added for extra bait. Most all Ants love Sugar. And it attracts them well. So be sure to mix the sugar with the Instant Grits. It is after all their last meal. They will carry the Instant Grits down into the nest and feed the Queen Ant. When they do she will simply explode and the egg laying is over. The other ants will also eat the instant grits and will they will die shortly.
Boiling Water, Salt & Plant Pot
Get a plant pot and place it over a fire ant hill. Take 2 cups of boiling water, with 1/3 cup of salt and pour into the plant pot that is covering the fire ant hill. Wait about 15 minutes until all the fire ants have died and move on to the next hill and repeat process
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