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Old 06-28-2008, 04:33 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Reading Mother Earth Magazine and there is a GREAT trick on how to safely get rid of FIRE ANTS:

Feed them grits!

Evidently if you sprinkle on a hand full of raw grits, they will eat them and the grits expand in their tummy and they EXPLODE!

I understand some of you might find that cruel, but hey, we ARE talking FIRE ANTS here!

If you have pets or kiddos, this might be the answer to a problem with them...
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Old 06-28-2008, 04:35 PM
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So there IS a use for grits! That's been one of those questions I was going to wait and ask "On the other side...."
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Old 06-28-2008, 04:51 PM
 
Location: Diyallusss, TX
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I always heard that if you spray fire ants, regular ants, and other bugs - and the plants you see them on, the mounds you watch them march to and from - with windex, they'll die... though I don't know if it's TRUE and I don't know if the 'elimination' is permanent......
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Old 06-28-2008, 06:37 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Reading Mother Earth Magazine and there is a GREAT trick on how to safely get rid of FIRE ANTS:

Feed them grits!

Evidently if you sprinkle on a hand full of raw grits, they will eat them and the grits expand in their tummy and they EXPLODE!

I understand some of you might find that cruel, but hey, we ARE talking FIRE ANTS here!

If you have pets or kiddos, this might be the answer to a problem with them...
I have tried this with no luck. Sorry, but I love grits!!!! Anyone that doesnt like them is not fixing them right.
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Old 06-28-2008, 06:41 PM
 
Location: Lexington, South Carolina
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The trick is to use the instant grits.....they expand quicker.....

We tried this last year with some success when we first moved here..
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Old 06-28-2008, 06:52 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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I have tried this with no luck. Sorry, but I love grits!!!! Anyone that doesnt like them is not fixing them right.
Camper...I think you just made yours too YUMMY and that is why it did not work....

anyone that knows how to make grits taste good had talent...I think they are about as bland as hominy.
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Old 06-29-2008, 03:34 AM
 
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FYI.

Fire Ant Control with Grits - DirtDoctor.com - Howard Garrett - The Dirt Doctor
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Old 06-29-2008, 09:37 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Someone once told me that if you sprinkle cinnimon on the bed they will leave. I don't know if it kills them or if they just go somewhere else but I tried it and in day or so they were gone. I've just tried this once since I don't really have much of a problem with fire ants but you might give it a try. The price is right.
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Old 06-29-2008, 04:23 PM
 
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White vinegar has worked for me but is also kills the grass.
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Old 06-30-2008, 11:35 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Camper...I think you just made yours too YUMMY and that is why it did not work....

anyone that knows how to make grits taste good had talent...I think they are about as bland as hominy.
ok, so maybe the ants liked all the butter and cheese and bacon to much. Are you telling me your supposed to put them on the ants before you cook them??!! lol No, really I did try it but maybe we do just have country fire ants and they were raised on gritts like I was.
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