Courtesy of Rita...

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by SouthernMoss, Oct 1, 2005.

  1. SouthernMoss

    SouthernMoss *Admin Tech Staff*

    Jan 1, 2003
    SW MS
    Thanks to all the rain from Rita, the fire ants are having a field day around here. This is a mound in progress in my back yard. It's about 2 feet wide so far.


    And here's what happens when you poke a twig in it. [​IMG]

  2. gunfreakboy

    gunfreakboy Member

    Sep 20, 2005
    Buffalo, N.Y.
    Do you just let them live or are ya gonna kill em?

  3. SouthernMoss

    SouthernMoss *Admin Tech Staff*

    Jan 1, 2003
    SW MS
    Gonna try to kill them. You never really win the battle with fire ants. You think you've killed a mound, and a new one pops up five feet away. About the best I usually do is chase them into the neighbor's yard. :eek: :eek:
  4. glocknut

    glocknut Active Member

    Flame thrower... !!!! ?

  5. SouthernMoss

    SouthernMoss *Admin Tech Staff*

    Jan 1, 2003
    SW MS
    Never tried a flame thrower; afraid I might set my yard on fire. :eek: I've heard of folks pouring gasoline on them and setting it on fire, but I'm not sure I want to try that one either. :eek:

    I HAVE tried boiling water. Sometimes it works, mostly not.
  6. 22WRF

    22WRF Well-Known Member

    May 10, 2004
    Give them some Amdro for breakfast

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    Last edited: Oct 3, 2005

    LIKTOSHOOT Advanced Senior Member

    Apr 26, 2001
    Got fire ants all over Texas, ruined the quail hunting forever. But also have the loner velvet ant/cow ant seen below-not really an ant but looks like one. At nearly one inch long and fairly fat, step on one of these and it is likely to bring you to your knees. They pack one hell of a punch. Worse than a scorpion.


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  8. JohnK3

    JohnK3 New Member

    May 5, 2003
    They are a wingless wasp.

    They're also VERY hard to kill. Was in Ft. Valley, GA at a rocket launch and saw one on the ground. Had my Gerber Multi-Tool (Leatherman type device) handy and picked up the little critter with the pliers. Had to squeeze HARD to kill the nasty little bug! Can't kill one by stepping on it with a boot. They're sometimes called cow ants or cow killers, because a swarm of them can kill a cow very quickly when their nest is disturbed.
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