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Fire ants in garden and lawn

14 years ago

I received an email from a friend in Mississippi with the following message. Mississippi is over run with fire ants and there seems to be no way to control them. When they first arrived, you could put in poison to kill the queen and the colony would die. Now they have adapted so that if the queen dies, they elect a new queen from 144 nominees-in-waiting and the colony continues. If this method stated in the email works, it will be wonderful. We have fire ants here in my area just South of Norman but they are more in the under populated areas and open fields. David Jay Perry Airport here in Goldsby is over run with them and they even have mounds right up next to the runway and get in the runway lights. I copied and pasted the entire email for everyone to read and possibly try. Anyone else heard about this?

You folks that don't live in the south don't know what you're missing.


> >> For those not familiar with

> >> Walter Reeves, he is from the University of Georgia agriculture

> >> department, specializing in home gardening. His television show,

> >> 'Gardening in Georgia ', is on each Saturday.

> >>

> >> I know fire ants are picky eaters and any type poison that is effective

> >> takes seven feeding steps before the queen receives it.

> >> Plus, if the bait is stored in close proximity to any petroleum or

> >> fertilizer products they won't touch it. Contact poisons that are on the

> >> market just cause the colony to move away. A well developed colony can be

> >> as deep as 30 feet and spread out some 20 to 50 feet from the mound

> >> center... This was documented by studies done in the early 60's when they

> >> were first sited in South Alabama ..

> >>

> >> An environmentally friendly cure for fire ants has been announced by

> >> Walter Reeves on his Georgia Gardener radio program. Testimonials that it

> >> REALLY WORKS are coming in.

> >>

> >> Simply pour two cups of CLUB SODA (carbonated water) directly in the

> >> center of a fire ant mound. The carbon dioxide in the water is heavier

> >> than air and displaces the oxygen which suffocates the queen and the

> >> other

> >> ants. The whole colony will be dead within about two days.

> >>

> >> Besides eliminating the ants, club soda leaves no poisonous residue, does

> >> not contaminate the ground water, and does not indiscriminately kill

> >> other

> >> insects. It is not harmful to your pets, soaks into the ground. Each

> >> mound

> >> must be treated individually and a one liter bottle of club soda will

> >> kill

> >> 2 to 3 mounds.

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