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Old 08-21-2017, 05:00 PM
 
Location: South Carolina
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my husband will investigate this talstarp stuff because we have had a bad infestation of fire ants. I don't want to kill the bees though .will this kill the bees .
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Old 08-21-2017, 07:47 PM
 
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Cyper WP is a water suspended powder that I use (with great success) to get rid of spiders (widows are all over the place around here - except on my premises). In the process, I've noticed I've never seen an ant anywhere around my house or yard. My place is the only one around that doesn't have pesty ants. This stuff is a relatively benign permethrin. Just keep it away from honeybees (i.e., flowers). They're very sensitive to it.
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Old 08-22-2017, 01:41 PM
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Location: Big Island of Hawaii
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My favorite ant bait is borax (from the laundry aisle) mixed with sugar and water. The ants take it home and are poisoned; live ants eat the dead ones and are poisoned. For protein-eating ants, I've mixed borax or boric acid powder (they're related somehow) with peanut butter. They don't like old, rancid peanut butter, so use the good stuff. Doesn't have to be all-organic, GMO free, no salt or sugar added; Jif works fine.

But our local ant-sperts say ants figure out when something is poisonous, and avoid it. Their "memory" of such things lasts a few weeks, so you have to alternate baits.
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Old 08-23-2017, 11:22 AM
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Location: Bel Air, California
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Thanks for the suggestions, everyone. The bites are still quite itchy. Yesterday, I was weeding another raised bed and I looked down and saw the same type of ants swarming over my legs! It looked like something out of a science fiction movie. Thank goodness I always wear long pants tucked into socks when I work outdoors, so the little biters didn't get a chance to bite my legs. It took a lot of swatting and shaking to get them all off. Now that I think about it, if any of my neighbors saw me, it must have looked quite strange!

may be too late for your bites, but I was trying a variety of oinments on my ant bites recently until Mrs G gave me a tube of Melagel by Melaleuca and available on Amazon & eBay...provided immediate relief and the welts started disappearing within 24 hours.


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Old 08-23-2017, 11:26 AM
 
Location: FL (hell for me-she's coming around)
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my husband will investigate this talstarp stuff because we have had a bad infestation of fire ants. I don't want to kill the bees though .will this kill the bees .

It is used as a soaker. I guess what I mean is you add a pre-measured amount of Talstar to a gallon of water, and then pour it down the ant nest. We have butterfly gardens, and the bees still keep buzzing around, although I will say she never uses the stuff within a 30 foot radius of the butterfly gardens.

Make no mistake, this is a poison, it is a nerve agent. I have used it and when it hits the ants, you can see they 'dance' around all confused, and then incoherently perish. It's ugly, but they do die. If you pour enough down the ant hole, you will kill the entire colony, including the Queen. I would think as long as the bees
aren't ground dwellers, they would be OK.
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Old 08-23-2017, 01:01 PM
 
Location: South Carolina
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It is used as a soaker. I guess what I mean is you add a pre-measured amount of Talstar to a gallon of water, and then pour it down the ant nest. We have butterfly gardens, and the bees still keep buzzing around, although I will say she never uses the stuff within a 30 foot radius of the butterfly gardens.

Make no mistake, this is a poison, it is a nerve agent. I have used it and when it hits the ants, you can see they 'dance' around all confused, and then incoherently perish. It's ugly, but they do die. If you pour enough down the ant hole, you will kill the entire colony, including the Queen. I would think as long as the bees
aren't ground dwellers, they would be OK.

thank you terra this is very important to me because I have 4 flower gardens one of which I just converted and cleaned out to put lettuce in . yeah fresh lettuce again
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Old 08-24-2017, 05:32 AM
 
Location: FL (hell for me-she's coming around)
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Ms. Phonelady, I would not use Talstar anywhere near a food source crop, which I think you most likely gathered by my last post.
And I am so envious! I can't grow lettuce for at least another 3 months! Lucky you.

But hey, I can boast of some lovely tomatoes
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Old 08-24-2017, 08:04 AM
 
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One week later, the dang ant bites are still red and ugly, but fading and less itchy. TG they didn't get my legs, too!
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Old 08-27-2017, 09:27 AM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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Our are fire ants, so we always put down poison when we see the hills. It's not so much the bite, it's that they itch like the dickens. I use benedryl gel on the sting for a couple of days and it helps with the itching.
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Old 09-09-2017, 08:59 AM
 
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newbie here. My last post wasn't posted. Please let me check if this one will work.
Yep, it posted.
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