Posts Tagged ‘fire ants’

Fire Ant – Control

Fire ants can be a real problem in home lawns. While they do not directly affect the grass, they can cause damage to mowers and other maintenance equipment. They also sting people and pets, making the lawn an uninhabitable area....

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Pink Hibiscus Mealybug

If you think fire ants and armadillos are terrible exotic, invasive pests, just wait until you have a houseplant infested with pink hibiscus mealybug (PHMB). The damage this insect does to plants makes them look like weed killer was sprayed...

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Fire Ant Control – Comparison of Cost and Effectiveness

If your math skills are as rusty as mine, this link from Auburn compares the cost of fire ant control products for homeowners. I’ll let you discover which product costs $202 per acre and takes 3 – 4 weeks to...

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Insect Stings – Severity

Although a velvet ant sting can make you whoop and holler, it is actually less powerful than other common insects. A researcher in Florida has compared the toxicity of stinging insects. Surprisingly, the worst is a type of harvester ant....

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Yellowjackets – Control

Yellowjackets are extremely aggressive and will attack if their nest is threatened. When stung, an intruder is marked with a special scent that encourages other yellow jackets to attack. As with fire ants, some people can have severe reactions to...

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Fire Ant – Control Organically

Fighting fire ants is tough enough…but doing it organically is even tougher. Dr Bart Drees, at the Texas Imported Fire Ant Research center, says there is a way! He suggests modifying the “Texas Two-Step” method to use organic insecticides: Spread...

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Fire Ant Control – Grits

There is much to be learned “over the fence” when you’re gardening. Your friends and neighbors can tell you how their plants have behaved in certain situations and you can use their experience as a guide. But some of the...

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Fire Ant Control – Even Faster!

You’ve heard about the Georgia Two-Step method of controlling fire ants. Now comes another couple of products that, in combination, give both quick control and season-long results. Indoxacarb (Spectracide Once and Done Fire Ant Bait) rapidly kills fire ants in...

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Fipronil – Effect on Native Ants

In solving garden problems, I am often reminded that applying pesticides can affect non-target creatures as well as the pest you’re trying to control. I was curious to know more about the effect of fipronil (Over ‘n’ Out) fire ant...

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Fire Ants – Best Control in Fall

Want to put a hurtin’ on fire ants? Hit them hard in the fall! “Fire ant colonies have been growing through the summer and have reached their peak size,” says Dr. Nancy Hinkle, a UGA Extension entomologist. “Attacking those colonies...

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Fire Ants – No Control With Club Soda

My friend Eddie Rhoades is a unique individual…and his brother Robert surely fell from the same tree. Robert once asked me if I thought club soda poured into a fire ant mound would kill them. I casually replied that it...

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Mosquito Control – Walter’s Thoughts

Summer rains can cause a population explosion of mosquitoes! Two kinds of mosquitoes are commonly seen (and felt!): the “swamp” or “Egyptian” mosquito, which feeds at dusk and the Asian tiger mosquito, which feeds during the day. The tiger mosquito...

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