Living in Texas, we are constantly on the lookout for fire ants. Their bite is vicious and the wound can last weeks without proper treatment. Every time I see a fire ant mound starting to form in our yard or public parts of our neighborhood, I treat it. Through research and trial and error I’ve learned how to kill fire ants without harsh chemicals. That way I can go to battle and win against the little tyrants without damaging the environment or putting my kids at risk.
Why do I hate them so much? Last year our daughter wandered in to a pile of fire ants and was stung over 30 times in a matter of seconds. It was horrible, and had we not gotten them off of her in time she could have died. One wrong step led to days of misery for my sweet girl, and a very traumatic time for her mama. Read on to find out how we annihilate fire ants in our area and keep them away.
Here’s what you need:
- Baking Soda – enough to cover the mound
- Vinegar – one cup for every 6-8 inches of mound size
- orange essential oil – 20 drops for every cup of vinegar
- one tablespoon of Dawn dish soap per cup of vinegar
- Once you’ve spotted a mound of fire ants, mark off the spot and keep the kids away. I found this little mound starting to build in our yard and took quick action.
- Take a long stick and poke holes as deep as you can in the mound. The ants will start to swarm, so keep your hands and feet clear.
- Pour you baking soda all over the mound, covering it completely and making sure it gets down in the holes.
- Pour the orange essential oil and dish soap in to the vinegar, and mix well.
- Pour the mixture over the mound. It will create an ant volcano that is pretty fun to watch as you get your revenge.
How It Works: The combination will disrupt their activity, cause them to swarm, and then the d-limonene compound in the orange essential oil will destroy their exoskeletons. Researches from Texas A&M have found that the dish soap and orange essential oil are the most effective way to kill fire ants and keep them away. Victory!
How do you fight fire ants?
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