General Chat Thread, Pesky red ants in General; We pulled up a few patio slabs a few months back to re-lay them and found a horde of red ...
13th June 2011, 11:03 AM #1
Pesky red ants
We pulled up a few patio slabs a few months back to re-lay them and found a horde of red ants under there.
A few kettles of water later and they were all gone. We then noticed some moved further down onto the lawn and had created a mound there which we then boiled too.
We laid a strip of turf by the patio as it needed it and all was fine, until yesterday when I mowed the lawn and as I moved over the turf a lot of soil shot up from the side and red ants spewed out again.
I've looked into the various baits that will kill the queens etc but has anyone got any recommendations so I'm not constantly fighting them? We have at least two areas of known red ant activity.
We also have a cat, so would need to know beforehand if he needs to be kept in, and also tell next door about their cat (who has adopted our garden as her home)
13th June 2011, 11:10 AM #2
Do as I did...get some jam, lace it with ant powder, leave a strip of it on your patio for a week, 2 at the most...all ants in the area will die from either getting stuck in the ant powder filled jam, or die from being poisoned by the ant powder when they take it into their hive.
13th June 2011, 11:12 AM #3
I HATE red Ants....they make me cry. I have a thing about swarming insects...*shudder* and the red ants thing is from getting covered in them when i was a kid lol!!
13th June 2011, 11:13 AM #4
but thats the thing, if they die before taking it back to the colony, you dont kill the queen so it starts again. i need something that delays killing them and will allow them time to get back to the colony and feed. i've heard maxforce is meant to be good but can't seem to find a UK supplier.
Originally Posted by nephilim
i also assume that our red ants are still classed as fire ants? i've not been stupid enough to put my hand in and see if they do bite/sting but i assume they are of the same variety?
13th June 2011, 11:20 AM #5
Cement is your friend in that case....
13th June 2011, 11:25 AM #6
I'd be half tempted to put a firecracker down the hole.
Failing that drop a nade and take cover.
13th June 2011, 11:26 AM #7
Our red ants bite!
Originally Posted by MK-2
I have images of tiny little sticks of dynamite lol.
13th June 2011, 11:32 AM #8
RELEASE THE KRAKEN!
Originally Posted by MK-2
sorry... I'm a bit mad today.
13th June 2011, 11:38 AM #9
Fire in the red ant hole!!!!!!
13th June 2011, 11:50 AM #10
I'm so glad you all contributed.....you bunch of
seriously though as they are on the edge of the patio and also smack bang in our lawn i'll have to try one of the bait ones as i dont fancy powder or sprays.
13th June 2011, 11:54 AM #11
You want to use something like semolina/polenta. They take it back to the queen to eat, and she will eat it, it'll expand and she'll explode.
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MK-2 (13th June 2011), Rawns (13th June 2011)
13th June 2011, 12:01 PM #12
I thought most of the ant treatments were designed to kill the nest from the inside. They usually work by killing the grubs. No grubs = no adult workers = not enough food coming back into the nest = queen starves and colony dies
13th June 2011, 12:02 PM #13
13th June 2011, 12:02 PM #14
Befriend the red ants and ask them to kindly move their mounds?
13th June 2011, 12:16 PM #15
i thought i'd read somewhere about semolina and it making them expand. might give that a try
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