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Old 08-30-2008, 05:18 AM
 
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Not sure on the severrity of these insects...
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Old 08-30-2008, 06:22 AM
 
Location: Venice Florida
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Fire ants are non-native to Florida but seem to just love it here. I work diligently to keep them from setting up shop in my yard. I've tried much of what is on the market, the one product that works for me is Amdro's season long product. I use it twice annually on the whole yard, and then if I see a mound I sprinkle around the area.
Using this approach I'm successful in making my yard safe for my dogs and my wife.
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Old 08-30-2008, 06:27 AM
 
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Anyone not have problems? They are impossible to get rid of, they have stingers (not bites), they re non-native and are spread throughout the southeast.

Fire ants are decimating the Quail population, BTW.
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Old 08-30-2008, 06:29 AM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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I was recommended Terro for my car, I had thousands of those little crittters walking around and needless to say after I used the Terro they were gone. Go to Home Depot and pick up any kind and it will work. I've never seen a review complain about it and I am yet another satisfied customer. (And this is after the other brands didn't work for me)

Do a google image search for fire ant bites.
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Old 08-30-2008, 06:35 AM
 
Location: Palm Coast, Fl
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I had a terrible time when I first moved here. I would put stuff on the mound only to find another mound a couple of feet away. Then I tried a service that cost a ridiculous amount of money and came with a guarantee, which of course didn't work.
I went to Home Depot and bought 'over and out'. Cost about $15. Spread it as you would fertilizer, before a rain and voila... no more ants. Haven't had a mound in my yard for 3 years. Just do it once a year. It cut back on the spiders too. No harm to pets.
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Old 08-30-2008, 07:32 AM
 
Location: Venice Florida
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Fire ants are decimating the Quail population, BTW.
I've often wondered how wild life was effected. Now that you mentioned it I used to see coveys of quail, but haven't seen them in years. I just put it to fox and bobcat.
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Old 08-30-2008, 06:22 PM
 
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Amdro is the best. Might not be the fastest product, but the slower the better.
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Old 08-30-2008, 08:22 PM
 
Location: fla
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a fire ant bite can be just as dangerous as a bee bite to those with allergies----they can also nest in your garage and lanai
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Old 08-31-2008, 07:08 PM
 
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The fire ant is the most vicious insect in Florida. They are so hard to control and are such a nuisance.
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Old 08-31-2008, 07:48 PM
 
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Fireants can be deadly. I read a news report where a lady in a nursing home died from be stung a few hundred times. Fireants can quickly take over an area that was previously ant free. They have invaded my home numerous times. I have to spray the baseboards, around the light switches and electrical plugs, windows and doors. I live in S.E. Alabama by a creek on the edge of 140 ac of pasture land. The fireants mounds in the pasture are in the hundreds. Amdro works pretty well. I have to lay a barrier of amdro around the perimeter of my house. leave nothing for them to eat exposed such as crumbs. All you can do is keep them at bay. I have found that the problem is usually worse on farm land than in the city. Usually. They are native to South America and entered the U.S. in the early 1900's at the port in Mobile, Alabama

A friend of mine has lived here all his life we both have been stung hundreds of times in our 51 yrs. but one day he was cutting grass and a fireant stung him on his leg. He started to feel weak and went inside to cool off and started swelling in his throat and had difficulty breathing. He went to ER and they give him a shot of epinephren. I think I spelled that right. Now he ALWAYS has to carry an Epi-pen with him. Yes, fireants are something to take seriously. Good luck and take care.
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