The Fire Ant , Our Enemy
In this video you'll find many ways to keep ants out of your house.
This is the video you need to watch if you want to rid your yard of fire ants. Everything you need to know about getting rid of fire ants is in this video.
Disturbing a Fire Ant Mound, Not Something We Would Suggest You Do.
Fire Ants And How To Get Rid Of Them
The Fire Ant came to the United States around 1930 in shipments of old tires shipped to Mobile Alabama. And the rest is really history. Fire Ant bites and stings are very painful to humans and pets. In some areas of the southeastern USA fields and yards are covered with the fire ant mounds. If the fire ant has come to your neighborhood you probably want to know what you can do to get rid of the critters and that is what we are going to do is tell you how you can declare war on fire ants.
Before Its News
More Information On Ants
Ants leave their scent and follow trails. The best way to prevent this is to wash any ant trail you see with a solution made out of 50 percent white vinegar and 50 percent water. If you see an ant trail spray it with the vinegar solution. If you see one or two ants in your house kill them as soon as possible. One or two ants by themselves are likely scout ants. Kill them or they will be back with more ants.
How To Keep Ants Out Of Your House
1. Keep everything super clean. Spray trash cans with a strong bleach solution to keep the ants from feeding on anything in the trash can.
2. Wash drink cans out with water before you throw them away. This will keep the ants from feeding on the soda remains in the can or cans.
3. Set your pet dishes in larger water filled dishes to keep the ants away from your pets food.
4. If you have a bad ant problem feed your cats or dogs and then wash and dry the water and food dishes. Deny the ants food and you will keep the ants out of your house.
5. Plant peppermint in containers around your home to keep away ants and mice. Ants and mice do not like peppermint.
6. Keep tree branches and bushes cut way back so they do not not touch your house. This is how ants, spiders, and mice find their way into your home. Deny them access to your house.
7. Spray a barrier of peppermint oil around your house to keep away ants, spiders, and mice. Add about 16 drops of peppermint oil to a gallon of water.
8. Fill any cracks or holes coming into your house with caulk. Fill even the smallest holes and cracks. This will deny ants, spiders, and mice access into your house.
9. Keep your house super clean to keep down on ants, roaches, and mice. Be sure to keep sinks and counters very clean. Wash your counters and sinks down with a strong bleach solution.
10. If you have a leaking faucet get it fixed. Deny ants water and they will go elsewhere.
11. Wash outdoor trash cans out with a strong bleach solution on a regular basis.
12. If you see a trail of ants in your house spray them with a vinegar and water solution. Make it a 50/50 solution. Do the same thing if you see them outside.
13. Fill outdoor cracks with talcum powder to keep the ants away.
14. If you have an ant problem dry your sinks with a towel to keep them super dry at all times to deny the ants access to water.
15. You can mix together a solution made out of 1 tablespoon dish detergent, 1 tablespoon cooking oil, and 1 quart of water in a spray bottle. If you see ants coming in the house or already in the house spray them with the solution. Spray a barrier across doorways, and in window sills to keep ants out of your house.
16. Ants will not cross a line made out of cinnamon. Use powdered cinnamon to keep ants out of your house.
17. Mix a fourth cup of corn syrup and two tablespoons of borax powder. Put a few drops of this solution in the center of an index card and put the card out where you see ants. This will kill ants like nothing else ever will.
18. Look for where the ants are coming into your house. Once you find it put talcum powder in the hole or crack and then fill the hole or crack with caulk. Do this with even the smallest cracks and holes. You want to deny the ants a path into your house.
19. Remember ants do not like cinnamon, peppermint oil, black pepper, and talcum powder. All of these things will keep away ants. Ants don't like any of these things.
20. Dip bay leaves in mint mouth wash and put them anywhere you see ants.
21. If a window air conditioner becomes a home to ants spray it full of talcum powder. It will get rid of the ants.
Here is the recipe to get rid of all the ants in your yard or home quickly and pesticide free.
Fire Ant Control Methods
Method 1. Borax Acid and Sugar
In a pot ( You want to use an old one ) place 1 gallon of water. Into this pot place 8 oz of powder borax acid and 8 oz of granulated white sugar. Bring to a boil and then turn off. Stir it very well and let cool. Into the pot place cotton balls using something to push the cotton balls under the water. Go around your yard and drop one or two cotton balls soaked with the borax acid and sugar water mixture on to the top of each fire ant mound.
Method 2. Cinnamon and Orange Juice.
Buy a large container of cinnamon and mix it into a gallon of orange juice. Mix it together very well. Go around your yard and wet the top of each fire ant mound.You can sprinkle dry cinnamon around your yard and the fire ants will leave your yard. They can not stand cinnamon. And believe it or not but oranges and orange juice is toxic to them.
Method 3. Instant Grits And Sugar
Here is what I consider the best method. And you must use instant grits. Only instant grits will work. The long cook grits will not work. Take a large bag of instant grits and add an equal amount of sugar to the grits. Sprinkle the mixture on to the top of every fire ant mound. It will kill the fire ants and you can hurry the process along by taking a few sponges and cutting them up. Soal them with water and drop them onto the top of your grits and sugar mixture. The fire ants will eat the grits and explode. I have wiped out large fire ant mounds with this method.
The Queen Fire Ant
How to Get Rid of Fire Ants
How to Eliminate Ants
Hot Boiling Water Kills Fire Ants
Boiling Water will kill fire ants. If you only have a few mounds to get rid of this is a great method. You want to take a shovel or garden rake and cut a hole in the top of the mound just before you bring the boiling water. Pour the boiling water into the hole you created. Wait a day or two and if necessary repeat your attack. It will work. And if you like after pouring in your boiling water you could hit them with the grit method. You will destroy the mound and the surviving fire ants will leave your yard. If not simply repeat until you see no fire ants.
Another thing you can do is mix apple cider vinegar 1 quart to one gallon of water and spray a perimeter around your yard. The scent of the vinegar messes up the ants sense of smell and will confuse them badly. You can keep most ants out of your house with this method. Find where they are entering your house and spray the area heavy with the vinegar water. And yes apple cider vinegar works best.
Baby powder sprinkled on any ant mound will destroy part of the mound and confuse the hell out of the ants. Any type of baby powders will mess up the ants sense of smell.And the more you can confuse fire ants the better off you will be.
When your after fire ants and you don't want to use commercial pesticides you really have to declare war on the ants and use every method you can to get rid of the ants. The methods on this page will work but you want to stick to these methods and you will be successful in getting rid of your fire ant population.
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© 2009 Thomas Byers
Post Your Comments About Fire Ants Below Now.
jerry alexander on October 31, 2013:
My yard in north carolina has been full of fire ants. I love to provoke and tease them buy piling several colonies on top of another mound and watching them kill each other. when I go back to check I see all these winged ants dead and lots of others dead in piles. I also pour boiling water on the ant hills near my walkway, that kills them instantly.
Thomas Byers (author) from East Coast , United States on June 18, 2013:
In the American south they are a really bad problem. I have had to get rid of several large mounds of them in the last month. Thanks for the comment.
SolveMyMaze on June 18, 2013:
I had no idea that fire are such a big problem in the USA. I'm actually shocked at how badly the bites are as well, especially from something so small! At least if you go down the cinnamon and orange route then you know that you haven't used a huge list of chemicals to get rid of them from your garden.
gman on May 27, 2013:
The fire ant is a member of the wasp family which is why the sting is so bad. I have found spraying a mound with wasp spray will instantly kill the ants and any left will go elsewhere. I wish someone would make a liquid wasp poison and use it for fire ants.
If a person is allergic to bee or wasp stings then they will most likely have same reactions from fire ant stings. I have seen it happen and the person has to carry the injections with him all the time.
morgan968 on May 02, 2013:
What a brilliant article on fire ants, I've had a problem with them for a while now and trying to find information out on killing them off isn't easy. Just like beating fire ants. Thank you for sharing all this information. I have found another good article which helped me with some guides which were organic methods, I thought I would share with the group
rachelle on April 01, 2013:
LIGHTER FLUID KILLS FIRE ANTS we by chance sprayed it on a mound because it was the first chemical we seen and it started to kill them right away we soaked the mound and used the whole bottle of lighter fluid went inside in an hour we returned to the mound to see if more fluid was needed used a rake to rake the top off the mound and to our amazement they were all dead and the best part was it was super cheap LOL
Thomas Byers (author) from East Coast , United States on February 26, 2013:
Thanks for your comment.
Mary on February 26, 2013:
I can deal with many critters, from spiders to snakes but I can't stand fire ants. I have 3 little girls that love to hang out and play in the garage but of course during the warmer months (in Georgia it's almost always warm) the fire ants get into the garage and I do not like my girls getting bitten. But I don't like poisonous pesticides either. I found your page and am glad that there are other remedies for our ant issue hat are safer for my girls.
Terry on December 01, 2012:
I live in McAllen, TX and they're bad down here. We have tried EVERYTHING, but nothing seems to work. We also tried drowning them and wasted an hour worth of water with the hose on blast but the nest was never ending. What do we do?!
CT on October 11, 2012:
I tried reasoning with them but they just won't listen. I am thinking of finding some traditional red or black ants to serve as diplomats
Cathy on September 17, 2012:
For ant bites I use Accent or any generic meat tenderizer. MSG is what you are looking for. Wet the skin and sprinkle the MSG on. You can also make a paste if you like. It soothes immediately! We use this for any insect bite and also for jellyfish stings. Works wonders!!
Thomas Byers (author) from East Coast , United States on July 16, 2012:
I would mix up instant grits and sugar and then treat the tops of the mounds. At the same time mix borax acid with grape jelly and feed them a good dose of that on top of the mounds.
BFS06 on July 16, 2012:
What's the best way to treat multiple mounds on a ranch?
Paul Kinzelman on May 03, 2012:
Ran across an interesting item, don't know if it works, try it and report back...
A lady named Teresa Cook wrote this:
"For years I've read about many methods for getting rid of ants, especially fire ants. My husband and I have used a method that works every time. We both take a deep shovel full of two different anthills and swap them into each other's hill. The ants are very territorial and protective of their larvae and queen and will fight to the death, even killing the queen. It takes a day or so, but it gets rid of the ants permanently. The best thing is that no chemicals are used, and it's free."
Astrid on March 08, 2012:
The best is to immediately cut an onion and rub it on the bite, it helps like a miracle!
Adam m. on January 15, 2012:
Its not safe to pop the pustule as it may become infected. There is new skin growing under it. Make sure to treat fire ant still.gs like a cut or wound. Keep them clean and put antibiotics ointment on them to speed healing. For the revenge scoop a pile of them onto another pile of them and they will kill each other its funny to watch.
Mary Anne on October 09, 2011:
There is a white colored like blister where the fire ant bite. Is it safe to pop that? My daughter here in FL says that is what she does to herself when she has been bitten. Weh have given our 4 yr. old Benedryl and iced the foot. It appears he has only been bitten once.
Teresa on September 23, 2011:
My grandson got out of the car and step into a mound of fire ants, to soothe the sting put vinegar on the bits.
melodyandes on July 28, 2011:
Informative hub!Gosh! I can't imagine how fire ants bite me.
Jessie on July 23, 2011:
I live in Trenton Nova Scotia Canada and I just bought a house in Mqy..our back yard is crawling with these damn ants..I have been bitten several times..I bought a new bonfire pit before I knew we had them and haven't been able to use it because we can't sit in our yard..they will eat us alive...I need a sure fire method that will kill these things...any suggestions???
Kim on July 23, 2011:
I was recently bitten and the bites were itchy, red and getting infected. I put tea tree oil on the bites and the itching and redness immediately started clearing up!
Haydon on December 28, 2010:
I HATE those ants!They ate my leg up when I was at camp!I had to soke my leg in ice to get rid of the pain!
Diane Inside on October 21, 2010:
Thank God we do not have fire ants they look like awful ants to have to deal with. Nice hub.
Kaileesmommy on August 17, 2010:
My 2 year old daughter was attacked by fire ants today and just within the 3 mins it took to strip her down and get them off she was bitten over 50 times on one ankle. I can't wait to declare war on them and get revenge for my baby girl. I think I will try every method on each mound I can find!
IBPRETTY on June 04, 2010:
Fire ant bites: Dousing the skin with amonia right after a bite, will stop them from welting up. It stings for a few minutes, but, the reward is not having pain and itching for days!
Colleen on May 11, 2010:
If I kill the mounds, they just relocate! There must be billions of them under the ground. They wont go away!
wolfpack5 from Alberta Canada on November 07, 2009:
I lived down south for about 15 years, and fire ants are very difficult to get rid of. what we did that worked was take one pile of fire ants and put it on another and let them kill each other. But thinking that this will solve the fire ant problem is not realistic.
J.Rice on October 28, 2009:
Just about any poison or homemade remedy will kill fire ants. The trick is to kill the queen, which after 30 years of fighting them I have found impossible because the queen may be 20 feet from the mound deep in the ground. About all you can do is what everyone suggest, they all work, and make the mound move, then treat it, move again, treat it, and finally it will disappear. Back when they first started, the state gave out Myrex. Myrex REALLY DID WORK!!! But lo and behold, it was outlawed and the fight has been on ever since.
iain on July 27, 2009:
I only have one mound and they got me really good last week. REVENGE The boiling water method does make me feel better. Today I noticed they have removed piles of dead fireants from the mound and are moving little white things around. I will push the shovel a little further down this time and repeat today. I hates them!
Steve on July 04, 2009:
My two year old son got waxed by them - he is in horrible pain - got between his toes. He also had an allergic reaction. Be careful when you fight these bastards - 15% of the population is allergic. Keep Benadryl creme on hand. and type in fire ant bites into google for a GREAT after bite treatment from eMedicine.
Glenn on June 11, 2009:
take a scoop from one pile of fire ants and dump on another and let the war begin. or left over seasoned water from crawfish or crabs.
Ant Killer on May 14, 2009:
I must say that pouring boiling water on them is a very satisfying endeavour.
mykl on April 19, 2009:
if ya wanna annoy them jus piss on em lol
kappa022 from Florida on March 30, 2009:
Fireants and terrible for your lawn, and their bites hurt like hell, nice hub!