Gentle persuasion over time

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Re: Gentle persuasion over time

Post by mediatechnology » Sun Jul 19, 2020 4:33 pm

WRT to fire ants I sometimes used Tide detergent when I had run out of Amdro.
When I swore off P&G products a couple of years ago I saved the Tide powder I had for that very purpose.
I haven't used it though because...

Fire ants are beginning to die off a little bit here in Texas.
We don't see the huge mounds anymore.
Apparently the fire ants cross-bred with regular ants and weakened.

Fire ants decimated our wild rabbit population and I'm now beginning to see rabbits again in my yard.

There's a guy here in Texas who used to pour hot molten metal into fire ant mounds.
I recall him using either silver and/or nickle.
He would then dig out the mass of metal after it cooled and it produced some really cool looking art where it flowed into the various subterranean tunnels.
Made nice mobiles.

I suppose pouring hot metal into fire ant mounds is not "gentle persuasion."
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Re: Gentle persuasion over time

Post by JR. » Mon Jul 20, 2020 8:47 am

mediatechnology wrote:
Sun Jul 19, 2020 4:33 pm
WRT to fire ants I sometimes used Tide detergent when I had run out of Amdro.
When I swore off P&G products a couple of years ago I saved the Tide powder I had for that very purpose.
I haven't used it though because...

Fire ants are beginning to die off a little bit here in Texas.
We don't see the huge mounds anymore.
Apparently the fire ants cross-bred with regular ants and weakened.
I wish the fires ants here would die off.... they are still alive and active. After every new rain I see fresh mounds popping up as they dig out.

I use a two step approach Orthene mixed with water and poured directly down the mound, followed by Bifen bait distributed with a broadcast spreader for several feet around the mound (in case the queen wasn't killed by the othene and tries to set up housekeeping again nearby). This seems to be pretty effective.
Fire ants decimated our wild rabbit population and I'm now beginning to see rabbits again in my yard.

There's a guy here in Texas who used to pour hot molten metal into fire ant mounds.
I recall him using either silver and/or nickle.
He would then dig out the mass of metal after it cooled and it produced some really cool looking art where it flowed into the various subterranean tunnels.
Made nice mobiles.

I suppose pouring hot metal into fire ant mounds is not "gentle persuasion."
There is something satisfying about that... The ones I saw were made with molten aluminum, too big and heavy for a mobile. Probably more appreciated by fire ant haters, like me.

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