Killing the Ants!
Fire Ants are easier to kill than almost any other insect other than Mosquitoes. Remember the basic premise: GET THE PRODUCT ON THE BUG AND HE DIES!
In a short period of time, any home owner can rid his property of Fire Ants, with no danger to his children, pets, or to the environment.
This is not forever, as your property is surrounded by property containing Fire Ants, and they will re-infest, regardless of what insecticide you use. But you can keep them under control. Of course, if your neighbor uses the same process, it takes the Fire Ants further from you. The most wonderful thing is if a whole block or a whole community should do it together. The larger the area participating the more perfect the results would be.
You can take a given area and broadcast Fire Ant Insecticide D-20 across the area and kill every ant on top of the ground. The trouble is, with all those queens, down below, laying about 20,000 eggs a day, the solution has a short life.
YOU MUST KILL THE QUEEN!
There are three ways to work this:
- Agitate the nest and spread D-20 over the area:
Using a stick agitate the nest. Ants will boil out ready to fight - be careful! Make a circle around the hole about a foot in diameter. Apply 1/4 cup of product over the circle area. Within five minutes, every ant on top of the ground will be curled into a tight ball and is either dead or soon will be.
This does not mean you got the queen. You may have, but do not count on it. Watch the hole for a few days. If more ants appear, it means more have hatched. Repeat the process until no more ants appear. This method gives you about a 50% chance to get the queen.
- Pour the liquid formula down the hole:
This is the same process as using the liquid in the single hole for big ant treatment. Sometimes you cannot pour water directly into the hole. It might be better to level the entrance area with a hoe then wait a few hours and let them clean out the hole for you. Build a dirt funnel and, using 4 tablespoons of product per gallon of water plus 1 tablespoon of mild detergent, shake the container to make sure the product is in suspension, then slowly pour the liquid into the hole until it fills up.
Another reason for allowing time for the ants to clean out the holes, is that when ants become aware of danger they may even seal the chambers containing the eggs and the queen. After the danger is over (they think), then they settle down and resume normal activities. That is the time to hit them with the "Doomsday Package."
- With a probe, inject the liquid solution down the hole:
Fire Ants react quickly to danger. While some are at the top of the nest fighting possible invaders, others within the nest are trying to protect the queen and her eggs. They have been known to seal off those chambers in just a few minutes.
With a probe attached to a garden hose, or to a pressure tank, poke around the hole until you find the right place, then push all the way down and squeeze the trigger and fill that lower part of the nest with the Perma-Guard solution under pressure and catch them unprepared. Push the probe up and down so that you are covering all parts of the nest, from top to bottom. This makes it unlikely any ants will escape giving a better chance of killing the queen.
Some garden stores have different varieties of sprayers that have probes. Some have containers that attach to a garden hose and others use a pump action that gives the sprayer pressure. Fill the container with 4 tablespoons of product and 1 tablespoon of mild detergent per gallon of water. When you insert the probe into the nest and inject the product, the entire surface of the chamber and tunnels are coated with Perma-Guard's Fire Ant Insecticide mixture. It is sealed in the nest, and since air or sunlight cannot get to it, the powerful killing power is extended for a very long time, making it impossible for any other colony to move in and take over.
Any person can take control of their own property at a very low cost, with no danger to themselves, children, pets, or the environment. Danger exists only for the ants.
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