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Invasion of the fire ants.

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    Default Invasion of the fire ants.

    Hey there...I read the advice about the ant problems in orchids.....but i wonder what to do about fire ants.There are a lot of fire ants that can't be treated the way regular ants can. They came in my house and invaded a few of my orchids. I am growing for breeding and future business one day.

    Because they were swarming and biting me....there were so many all over my tiniest plants....and they weren't looking good anyway.....I tossed them.

    i was worried about other plants getting infested. Believe me if you have ever been bitten by a fire ant....oh man I hate those. Anyway, I wonder if anyone knows any good thing to do. I sprayed and set up traps. Fire ants are so much harder to get rid of and I live in alabama....the captiol of fire ant land!

    Any kind advice?

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    When I lived in Texas, there were lots of fire ants there and we always used a liquid drench of the mound with a poison called diazinon. I was not sure how to spell the poison's name so I did a quick search and found the very informative site regarding Fire Ants. It might help further.

    Cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluefirepegasus View Post

    Any kind advice?

    Bluefirepegasus

    How about moving about 1000 miles north?

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    I feel your pain!!! I've never had them in my orchids, but everywhere else!!! I've tried many treatments available at your local big bpx store, but the best one so far has been 'Bayer Advanced Fire Ant Killer' in a blue container.

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    Boric acid when mixed at low concentrations works well as a plant and media drench. The ants avoid it like the plague.

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    I use one of the popular granulated baits (Amdro) for sale in the big box stores. I just spread it around the perimeter and floor of the greenhouse....works great.

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    I used to swear by Diazinon. You can't buy it in the concentrate any longer. Like other organophosphate cmpd's they have been removed from the market for our SAFTY! I know in Florida you can buy "fire ant" granules....and the active ingredient....Diazinon. I don't know what it might do to your orchids. Like some people on this forum have mentioned that malathion will disfigure leaves and/or flowers....so pay your dime and take your chances. Fire ants are nasty...had them when I lived in Ft Myers

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    I know the diazinon you speak of. My husband and I bought some granules for the outside of the house by ortho and that seemed to help during the summer. See....we got caught totally off guard....we hadn't spread the granules out for a while.

    Since we sprayed the inside of the house and set out the traps they seemed to have stopped. So, for that I am glad but I will still keep my eyes open and then take some of your guy's advice.

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    Oh yeah.....and moving 1,000 miles north would be great....i like the south just fine...but the humidity, brown recluses and fire ants just kill me! So who knows maybe someday I will move somewhere without brown recluses or fire ants.

    Bluefirepegasus

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    Man, I feel your pain. Literally. If there is a fire ant in my neighborhood I get bit (stung). The Bayer and the diazinon both work great. Some stuff just runs them off into the neighbors yards, but if you keep after them you can get rid of them. I've never had them in the orchids, tho. Let me know what works for you. BTW, where abouts are you BFP?

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