Frugal Friday

Here in Texas Fire Ants are a continuous problem. One of the first times we had an exterminator come to take care of them he told us to put small piles of cornmeal or grits where you see ants. They eat it, take it “home,” can’t digest it so it kills them. It may take a week or so, especially if it rains, but it works & you don’t have the worry about pets or children.

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2 Responses

  1. THanks for the inexpensive tip! I live in Oregon and have sugar ants coming in so I am anxious to see if cornmeal will work on them too.

  2. Grits or any form of solid food simply will not work. Fire ant adults only consume liquids (although they may carry the grits back to the nest in a second deadend stomach as food for the larvae whose mouthparts GRIND it up fine to feed on and then remake internally into adult ant food). You’ve got to be sneaky and poison them with a bait using a liquid form poison or growth regulator. See http://www.sunherald.com/160/story/548629.html for an easy to follow guide.

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