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Old 02-22-2021, 08:04 AM   #1
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What Impact will the deep freeze have on fire Ants? I know they generally dont live in cold environments. The mounds around my place show no sign of ants so far. Yall think the freeze thinned them out?
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Old 02-22-2021, 08:10 AM   #2
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I've been wondering the same thing. With all the moisture in the ground and warm temps this week I think we will know soon enough if mounds start popping up everywhere.
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Old 02-22-2021, 08:15 AM   #3
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Working on sprinkler system yesterday my oldest boy stood in a mound and wish he hadn’t. Lol.
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Old 02-22-2021, 08:16 AM   #4
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Fire ants just drill deeper into the ground for freeze protection. They just spent the past week makin more baby ants to replace the ones that froze!
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Old 02-22-2021, 08:36 AM   #5
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I am thinking like loco. Probably just went deeper to get away from cold surface temps.

But I also think it might have thinned them out like you said. Might be hard to notice though.


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Old 02-22-2021, 08:41 AM   #6
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Old 02-22-2021, 08:43 AM   #7
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I've thinned 'em out also using a combo of Amdro, the old "bait" stuff, where the water hose won't reach, and Spectracide stuff that you gotta water in! I spend hundreds $$ each year just keepin 'em in check. Will never get rid of 'em.
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Old 02-22-2021, 09:01 AM   #8
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I think they go down like 10ft. I am sure it is warm at that level
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Old 02-22-2021, 09:02 AM   #9
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Only thing kills them is poison. Lots and lots of poison.

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Old 02-22-2021, 11:39 AM   #10
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Give it time, they'll be back.

When they build the big mounds after a good rain, I mix up a batch of Demon in a 5 gallon bucket and pour on the mounds. Them suckers are dead in minutes.
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Old 02-22-2021, 12:00 PM   #11
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I hope it killed them all but I am pessimistic...
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Old 02-22-2021, 12:06 PM   #12
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I kicked a mound yesterday just to see and they came out ****** off. Only time I have seen it kill them off was when the ground was super saturated and then the hard freeze hits.
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Old 02-22-2021, 12:14 PM   #13
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None. Them A-holes ain't going anywhere.
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Old 02-22-2021, 12:17 PM   #14
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They are fine. They will be back.
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Old 02-22-2021, 12:21 PM   #15
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No effect. Same with skeeters and ticks. We found a tick on our dog this morning.
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Old 02-22-2021, 12:29 PM   #16
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No effect. Same with skeeters and ticks. We found a tick on our dog this morning.
I have little regard for ticks, skeeters, or chiggers now days . A good dose of ivermectin every 6 months and they wont bother you. No more deet for me.
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Old 02-22-2021, 12:44 PM   #17
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Ivermection? Seriously, it works...and kills the Covid, too?
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Old 02-22-2021, 12:44 PM   #18
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Probably just make them tougher!
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Old 02-22-2021, 12:49 PM   #19
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I hate them suckers! Hope they died...
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Old 02-22-2021, 12:56 PM   #20
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About the same as the acorns people were concerned about.
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Old 02-22-2021, 12:58 PM   #21
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I’ve always read that they go as deep as eight feet so I don’t imagine this hurt them much.
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Old 02-22-2021, 01:08 PM   #22
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Ivermection? Seriously, it works...and kills the Covid, too?
I'm hopeful on covid. My brother, sister ,2 nieces, 4 nephews, brother in law, and my parents have had it so far. I literally picked my mom up out of the floor when she was critically I'll with covid. So far I have not had it.
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Old 02-22-2021, 01:12 PM   #23
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Ivermection? Seriously, it works...and kills the Covid, too?
you mean a man of your, well, stature didnt not the mectin kills all kinds of worms and fungi
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Old 02-22-2021, 01:16 PM   #24
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Treated all the mounds I could find on my place about a month ago when they first showed up after a rain. Stirred the mound up and soaked it with Demon. It does not kill most immediately, but come back in 20 minutes and nothing!
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Old 02-22-2021, 01:25 PM   #25
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The crazy ants killed all the fire ants in this neighborhood 2 years ago. Now a couple of times I have to spray down a car or the ac unit. They love electronics.........
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Old 02-22-2021, 01:29 PM   #26
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you mean a man of your, well, stature didnt not the mectin kills all kinds of worms and fungi
I was sitting reading an article last year about a little water borne parasite in the Amazon that caused blindness in local fishermen. Ivermectin was given to the entire villages as a preventative and it worked. Oddly malaria was also eliminated but tests showed it ineffective in treating malaria. Turns out that since skeeters wont bite them now, malaria isn't spread either.

For me, chiggers are a big deal. I would say its 100 percent against them.
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Old 02-22-2021, 02:13 PM   #27
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I posted about this stuff on another thread, but here ya go. Get you some Bifenthrin and a handheld sprayer (gallon). Mix 1 ounce of Bifenthrin in a gallon of water and spray every mound you run across. You'll enjoy seeing those little sh*** pile up the bodies next to their mound.

It won't keep them from coming back from neighboring camps, but it will kill them when they set up new mounds. Plus, it's good for other pests around the house/camp.
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Old 02-22-2021, 02:58 PM   #28
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It got down to 0 here in north Texas. They are doing fine and they said thanks for asking.
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Old 02-22-2021, 03:27 PM   #29
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I was sitting reading an article last year about a little water borne parasite in the Amazon that caused blindness in local fishermen. Ivermectin was given to the entire villages as a preventative and it worked. Oddly malaria was also eliminated but tests showed it ineffective in treating malaria. Turns out that since skeeters wont bite them now, malaria isn't spread either.

For me, chiggers are a big deal. I would say its 100 percent against them.
GarGuy are you saying you take a dose every 6 months and do not have an issue with skeeters now? If one is within a mile, it's going to find me and eat me until I kill it. If this is a solution I am in. Like going to the store now.
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Old 02-22-2021, 03:31 PM   #30
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There is a limit to their range but it is a long way north of here. Some research shows the species is adapting to the cold and their northward march will continue.

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Old 02-22-2021, 04:19 PM   #31
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GarGuy are you saying you take a dose every 6 months and do not have an issue with skeeters now? If one is within a mile, it's going to find me and eat me until I kill it. If this is a solution I am in. Like going to the store now.
I'm being careful not to recomend it. I ain't a dr. Proceed at your own risk.
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Old 02-22-2021, 05:02 PM   #32
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GarGuy are you saying you take a dose every 6 months and do not have an issue with skeeters now? If one is within a mile, it's going to find me and eat me until I kill it. If this is a solution I am in. Like going to the store now.
It worked for the rona. Why not

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Old 02-22-2021, 05:37 PM   #33
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I've seen fire ants 12 feet deep when replacing some pipeline casing pipes. If it freezes that deep, the fire ants ain't all that'll be moving away from here...
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Old 02-22-2021, 05:52 PM   #34
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Hope they burrow all the way to China and stay there.
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Old 02-22-2021, 06:15 PM   #35
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Hope they burrow all the way to China and stay there.
Our Govt' will use our tax dollars to have them imported back
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Old 02-22-2021, 06:26 PM   #36
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No effect at all in my opinion because it was not cold enough for long enough to freeze the ground deep enough.

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Old 02-22-2021, 06:33 PM   #37
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My fire ants are doing just fine. Found 2 new mounds today.
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Old 02-22-2021, 06:57 PM   #38
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I seen thousands on top of ground today alive and well. Seen a mosquito yesterday....
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Old 02-22-2021, 07:06 PM   #39
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The freeze didn't touch the fire ants or the dandelions here. I have a 10 week old puppy that got into fire ants twice today - she might be a hard learner.
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Old 02-22-2021, 07:33 PM   #40
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My fire ants are doing just fine. Found 2 new mounds today.

Same here, 2 new mounds. They would survive the apocalypse.
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Old 02-22-2021, 07:43 PM   #41
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Mounds everywhere. Waiting for the suckers to re-surface and then treat the mounds. It's a good vision to see thousands dead around the mound. Totally brown..
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Old 02-22-2021, 07:46 PM   #42
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Looks like fire ants survived the cold, but I wonder did their nasty little cousin the chigger make it? The Good Lord was likely still plenty steamed at Adam about that apple business when He created chiggers. Such a painful, useless, mean, two week itch devil critter. Stacked up against Mike Tyson chiggers, fire ants are Woody Allen.

OK, OK calm down, if chiggers are Mike Tyson then fire ants are not Woody Allen … they are Woody Harrelson.
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Old 02-22-2021, 08:01 PM   #43
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They're doing just fine here, building mounds all over.
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Old 02-22-2021, 09:01 PM   #44
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Looks like fire ants survived the cold, but I wonder did their nasty little cousin the chigger make it? The Good Lord was likely still plenty steamed at Adam about that apple business when He created chiggers. Such a painful, useless, mean, two week itch devil critter. Stacked up against Mike Tyson chiggers, fire ants are Woody Allen.

OK, OK calm down, if chiggers are Mike Tyson then fire ants are not Woody Allen they are Woody Harrelson.
I have TWICE seen chiggers put soneone in the hospital.. trinity river bottom is chigger heaven.
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Old 02-24-2021, 08:44 AM   #45
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I was hopeful it would put a dent in them as well but no luck. I burnt my pasture off a couple of weeks ago exposing all of their mounds. I went around yesterday and poured gas on 65 different mounds with live ants before I ran out of gas. This is on 5 acres and I might of gotten a little of half of them.
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