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Imported Red Fireants


Every cloud has a silver lining. A couple of weeks ago we got a lot of rain. Well, not only the people didn't like the rain, but ants didn't either.

If you look around at these mounds of ants you didn't even know you had. The nice thing about these ants now is that they're right at the very top. Not only the ants are at the top but if you look you'll see all their eggs are at the top too. All their eggs, and that's the future generation that will destroy you this summer if you don't destroy them now.

What you basically need to do is get a fire ant killer, and solutions are probably the best way to go, and just make up a solution and pour it right in the center of that mound. And just give them a good drink all down through the center of that. That gets all the eggs, that gets the mama, and that destroys them all.

There are three or four products you can use, the ones containing Diazinon, Dursban, or Orthene, any one of those. There are many different product names that contain those. And make up a solution or powder and pour it on them while they are venerable to attack by these insecticides. And maybe we can have kind of a summer free of fire ants biting us so bad when they get low and get hid.

This has been Jerry Parsons Vegetable Specialist for the Texas Agricultural Extension Service the Weekend Gardener.

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