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Fire Ants and Scale

This is a discussion on Fire Ants and Scale within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Amdrol works for fire ants. It take a little while for the granules to be ...

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    Amdrol works for fire ants. It take a little while for the granules to be taken into the nest and then for all of the ants to be eliminated. It may also require more than one application since the eggs aren't affected. A quick kill (again, doesn't kill the eggs) is any kind of liquid pesticide that you can drench the entire area with. This should then be followed with granules if the ants return.

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    Fire ants protect pests like scales for the honeydew that they secrete they don't eat the scales. You will first need to elimate the ants in order to treat the scales. Ortho fire ant killer is a great "contact" killer that smells terrible but is very effective. The catch is after you sprinkle your gonna wanna irritate the ants to get them to swarm over the solution. IMO, I would not use anything that gets taken back to the nest since the nests appear to be in your plants and I would worry that those chemicals would mix with your watering cycle accidently poison your plants as well. But again, thats just my opinion. The ortho works very well and if you spot any mounds outside or inside sprinkle this on them as well. You may need to clip orchid roots hanging over the pot just a little so that they don't touch the table or the treatment. So long as the scales are protected by that many ants they will be almost impossible to eliminate completely.
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    So I have put down the granules and the bait traps, I also laid out cornmeal everywhere. I just tossed it about so it looks like it snowed inside the greenhouse. I am going to put the diatomaceous earth out when we have a warm day this week because I need to take out the racks with the mounted plants. I will keep you posted on my progress. Thanks to everyone for their comments, I appreciate the help.

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    I can pick off, gentlily dig out, and gentilly rub off scale with my hands, cotton swabs, water, and soft cloth. This controls their numbers even a lot, but it does not get rid of them entirely. Please DO let us know if you eradicate them! AL

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