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Old 07-17-2010, 04:30 PM
 
Location: 3.5 sq mile island ant nest next to Canada
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tinbender he's in the lake I bet! (I'm refraining from saying something about leeches here...)

Ants... anyone remember that old movie from the 70s "It Happened At Lakewood Manor"? here's the trailer...
YouTube - Ants! aka "It Happened at Lakewood Manor" (1977)

I guess some would say that the potential is there...
As I recall the ant segments were filmed in Eastport. I remember we had to stop using D-Earth, corn meal and pesticides 12 months before they shot the movie. That was a tough few years then. Remember they carried off that dog Chipper the house in back of yours?

Last edited by retiredtinbender; 07-17-2010 at 04:31 PM.. Reason: spe;lling naturally.
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Old 07-17-2010, 05:02 PM
 
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tinbender he's in the lake I bet! (I'm refraining from saying something about leeches here...)

Ants... anyone remember that old movie from the 70s "It Happened At Lakewood Manor"? here's the trailer...
YouTube - Ants! aka "It Happened at Lakewood Manor" (1977)

I guess some would say that the potential is there...
That was good! LOL
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Old 07-18-2010, 11:28 AM
 
Location: Maine's garden spot
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I don't much care for it that I have to fight with them for my raspberries (like this morning) but I do hate having to carry my shotgun with me.

And how come AustinB has only posted here once? C'mon; fire ants?!?!?
Molly was right, the ants had me trapped in the lake.


As for the organic control methods... they don't work. The university has told me that amdro is the only thing that works. I did find the gasoline works too, but I don't recommend that technique.
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Old 07-18-2010, 12:40 PM
 
Location: Maine
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As for the organic control methods... they don't work. The university has told me that amdro is the only thing that works. I did find the gasoline works too, but I don't recommend that technique.
It's ridiculous that any university lacks common information about organic pest control. Jim Dill at UMaine Orono should have reliable information.

Organic Fire Ant Control by MSU

From TAMU (http://bexar-tx.tamu.edu/HomeHort/F1Column/2005%20Articles/APR3.htm - broken link)

There's more information available with a quick Google. I used an organic pesticide with spinosyns as the active ingredient. As long as you soak the mound and pay attention to directions there shouldn't be a problem.
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Old 07-18-2010, 03:20 PM
 
Location: Maine's garden spot
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I have never seen a mound for these ants. They are found under boards, under leaves, or in any loose detritus. I talked with Dr. Ellie Grodin at UMO. While she didn't specifically say the organics wouldn't work, she did say that what works here is amdro. It's a bait that they take back to the nest. It looks to be based on grits. Don't forget, these ants aren't the same critters that Mississippi has.
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Old 07-18-2010, 07:52 PM
 
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What if you have a dug or drilled well?

Might the insecticide find its way into your water supply?
Our well is 300 feet. I doubt if anything finds it's was down there!!
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Old 07-18-2010, 07:54 PM
 
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I like the shotgun approach....number 300 ant shot!
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Old 07-19-2010, 08:23 AM
 
Location: Calais, Maine
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Geez, you know, I'd be worried about windows and vents.... the car too if you leave your windows down in the driveway. Course, there are a lot of old foundations, and even some of the newer ones with tiny cracks. Honestly you could do your very best, and they'd still come in on your shoe, pantleg, dog... cat. They can be very tiny...
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Old 07-19-2010, 08:36 AM
 
Location: Maine
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I have never seen a mound for these ants. They are found under boards, under leaves, or in any loose detritus. I talked with Dr. Ellie Grodin at UMO. While she didn't specifically say the organics wouldn't work, she did say that what works here is amdro. It's a bait that they take back to the nest. It looks to be based on grits. Don't forget, these ants aren't the same critters that Mississippi has.
Ahhhh! I thought you meant it when you said the university said organic pesticides don't work.
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Old 07-19-2010, 08:43 AM
 
Location: Maine's garden spot
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I haven't talked to them for about 4 years, nothing works great, and with all the oak trees around, it's a losing battle.
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