Fire Ants- the bites, control, and pouring molton aluminum in their colony

Fire Ants- the bites, control, and pouring molton aluminum in their colony

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    Fire Ants- the bites, control, and pouring molton aluminum in their colony

    1. After you've been bitten, what do you do to lessen the affects of the bite? I've never really found anything that works, mine typically turn into pustules the next day and take a long time to heal. I asked a dermatologist one day if he had any suggestions and he really didn't. He mentioned that they essentially inject a chemical mix under your skin, so it's a chemical burn.

    Maybe some ideas here: Ant Stings and Remedies - BugGuide.Net

    2. How do you get rid of their colonies? That's my wife's job around the yard, whatever commercial product she uses is working pretty well, I rarely see one.

    3. Here is a video of a guy pouring molton aluminum into their colony, letting it cool, then digging it up. Fantastic tunnelling systems. Personally, I would find it therapeutic pouring hot aluminum on them. BTW, why is this guy digging up his aluminum cast at night, that's sort of creepy.

    Molten Aluminum Turns Ant Colonies Into Art (VIDEO)
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    That is purty cotton pickin' crazy Mr Heat!! That dude with the molten aluminum must own a piece of a smelter or something whatcha think?
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    Up here in the North we don't have fire ants, but we have their little brown cousins that look just like them but are harmless. My first experience with fire ants came about when a buddy and I moved to Florida just out of high school. We got an entry level job with a landscaping outfit and you know that will be a fire ant encounter opportunity. I could not believe how painful those little things could be.

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    1) Jack and coke until the pain goes away. Repeat as needed.
    2) For mound treatment I use an Ortho product. I forget the name but it has a strong sulfer odor. Brown bottle with yellow top. For area treatment I use over n out.
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    Cool

    WOW I watched the video after I made my comment. I seen a lot of weird stuff in my life and some of it was pretty cool. But this was way cool!! The casting looked an awful lot like an (OK no pun intended) an aluminum Christmas Tree!!!

    One wonders what the artist if he can be referred to as such charges for this. It sure would beat working the night shift at work to make a little side money eh??
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    The ants are mostly inactive in the cooler night. Most ants should be in the colony (if your goal is to capture and remove the ants). If you are exterminating a wasp nest, also do it at night or early morning when the wasps are in the nest and slowed by the cold.

    It is therapeutic thinking of all the ants trapped in the cast like Han Solo in carbonite.
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    I buy a bottle of insect poison meant to be mixed w/water, pour a little in a bucket and add water, and then pour it into the nest. Done! Very effective, but it's an ongoing battle--you'll never eliminate them.

    As for treating the bites, there isn't a lot you can do. It's a venom that they inject with their tails (like a bee which doesn't bite either), it's not the bite. An application of vinegar will counter effect the venom somewhat, but it has to be applied quickly.
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    On the subject of stinging insects, I had a nest of ground hornets that stopped me from mowing my lawn very quickly and painfully. So after I located it I waited until night and poured a mixture of gasoline and oil down the hole, waited a while and lit it with a long stick. No more hornets, nice high flame too.

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    . So after I located it I waited until night and poured a mixture of gasoline and oil down the hole, waited a while and lit it with a long stick. No more hornets, nice high flame too.
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    Funny you posted this. AOS HQ just posted the below video this morning.

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    I can't get over how awesome that molten aluminum video is. Gosh, I love the internet sometimes.
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    My son and I watched these videos and were fascinated! Wow! Thank you guys for posting
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    Disclaimer: I've never done this, but.....
    I have heard that a really cool way of killing the nest would be with an empty CO2 cartridge, black powder, cannon fuse and, a broom handle. Use the broom handle to create a deep shaft in the mound, light the fuse, drop it in and cover it, then walk away. The results would be a smoking crater and a dead queen.
    Sounds more fun than sprinkling powder.
    But, like I said.....I've never done this.
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    I believe that fire ants have some sort of radio communications or mental telepathic powers. When they get on you, the all decide to bite at the same time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldskeetshooter View Post
    I believe that fire ants have some sort of radio communications or mental telepathic powers. When they get on you, the all decide to bite at the same time.
    Yep!

    We used to joke about that - About 100 ants crawl up on your leg, then the 'leader' holds up his fingers and counts (silently mouthing the numbers, so you don't hear him) - "ONE...TWO...THREE...BITE!!!"
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