How to Kill Fire Ants Naturally

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Fire ants are the scourge of Spring, Summer, and Fall, causing many families extreme duress at the idea of sending a child out to play in the yard. A fire ant mound can pop up within hours . . . turning a once beautiful yard into a dangerous place for kids, pets and the elderly. If you’ve ever had a run in with these pests you know that it literally takes them only a minute to congregate and mass attack their victim, which can be as large as full-grown cattle.

While fire ants are a nightmare in your yard, they actually can be indicative of a bigger problem. Fire ants nest where there is a decent supply of food nearby. They LOVE to eat insects, fleas, ticks, and termites. If you have a number of fire ant mounds near your house, you may want to have it checked for termites to ensure that’s not the reason they settled nearby.

Here is an amazingly simple, cheap and highly effective method for killing fire ants without chemicals.

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How to Identify Fire Ants

Fire ants are deceivingly small, tiny even by ant standards, but that won’t prevent them from coming up in tiny crevices in your home, through power outlets, along water pipes or electrical wires. In fact, it makes it quite easy for them to invade your home in a very short period of time (less than 24 hours to build a large nest).

When they attack, they do so systematically, working together to poison their victim with painful bites that create nasty, itchy painful pustules. As you can see from the photograph of the arm of a teen who Fell nearby a fire ant mound, it only takes a few seconds for them to swarm their victim. On average about 40 human fatalities result from insect stings, many of them from fire ants.

How to Get Rid of Fire Ants

How to Kill fire ants Naturally

You’ll Need:
Baby Powder or Cornstarch
A Gardening Shovel (or 2)
and an Assistant (or not)

Here’s a very simple remedy for Nature’s most vicious beasts:

This works best if you have a helper. You’ll both need a spade shovel (the pointy kind that digs in easily). Sprinkle a bit or cornstarch or baby powder on the handle of the shovel first to prevent the ants from crawling up the shovel handle towards your hands.

Locate a large Fire ant mound on your property. This shouldn’t be very difficult to do, they have a tendency to pop up all over the place as soon as the weather gets warm.

Now, Locate the second mound of similar size.

At the same time, each of you should shovel deeply into the mound, scooping up as many angry fire ants as possible from your chosen mound.

Now, walk to the other person’s mound and dump the shovelful of angry fire ants onto the neighboring mound at the same time.

The ants will Immediately begin fighting each other and kill each other off. It will take approximately 3 days for them to seek out each other’s Queen and dispose of her, wiping each other out.

Rather than pouring chemicals, which will kill only a few and force the others to move to another choice spot on your property, the ants’ natural instincts will kick in causing them to protect their own nest at any cost.

If you don’t have help you can do it yourself, but it works easier with 2 people because the ants begin fighting instantly.

This is a completely All Natural, Chemical Free, Nature-Friendly method of removing fire ants from your property.

How Big is the Mound?

There are some DIY sites that recommend pouring hot water into a nest to “get rid of the ants”.

Unfortunately, that will do very little. A fire ant mound can be up to 30 feet Deep in the ground and spread 20′-50′ in any direction and contain 100,000-500,000 ants per colony.

So for those that think hosing down a mound, or pouring boiling water into a mound will be effective, keep this in mind!

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24 Comments

    • uh. NO. that’s crazy. corn meal works and hosing down the mound.

      A mound can be up to 30 feet Deep in the ground and spread 20′-50′ in any direction, contain 100,000-500,000 ants per colony. Hosing the mound will do little except cause them to Spread out and infest the property further.

    • uh. no. that’s crazy.

      corn meal works and hosing down the mound.

      That did NOT work, and 36 bites put me into anaphylactic shock that I nearly died from. My tongue and lips were hideously swollen, throat swelled shut; required 3 days in hospital on respiratory therapy. Corn meal did not do a thing! Hosing? Seriously? Dangerous practice that only angers and spreads them!

  1. no fire ants here in maine but i do have lots of regular ant holes. without exaggerating too much i would say there are probably 300 ant holes in my lawn. This makes the grass spotty in some places.

    Not too mention it is irritating to have them crawl up your legs while hanging laundry, using the picnic table or just sitting outside.

    Would this same shoveling stunt work with regular ants? I like the idea but do not want to do it if it will not work. Thanks for such a great website.

    • Would this same shoveling stunt work with regular ants?

      It has the potential to work with any ant colony, but it works particularly well with fire ants because they are such vehement little critters.

    • No fire ants here in Maine but I do have LOTS of regular ant holes. Without exaggerating too much I would say there are probably 300 ant holes in my lawn. This makes the grass spotty in some places.

      Not too mention it is irritating to have them crawl up your legs while hanging laundry, using the picnic table or just sitting outside.

      Would this same shoveling stunt work with regular ants? I like the idea but do not want to do it if it will not work. Thanks for such a great website.

      I also live in Maine, and our property has been taken over by red ants, black ants, every size and color of ants. I just recently tried corn meal, and I think it might be working. I’m going to get some diatomaceous (sp?) earth today to try that as well, though.

  2. good idea, but i am allergic to their bite. i wonder if i can talk someone else into doing this for me.

  3. found this recipe for fire ants
    pour 2 cups club soda directly in center of fire ant mound.the carbon dioxide in soda is heavier than air and displaces oxygen which suffocates queen and other ants. the whole colony should be dead in 2-3 days. each mound must be done separately.

    1 liter will kill 2-3 mounds.

    hope this helps.

    • found this recipe for fire ants
      pour 2 cups club soda directly in center of fire ant mound.the carbon dioxide in soda is heavier than air and displaces oxygen which suffocates queen and other ants. the whole colony should be dead in 2-3 days. each mound must be done separately.

      1 liter will kill 2-3 mounds.

      hope this helps.

      i do want to try this on ant mounds here in tx. i am thinking i may have to do this several days in a row. ant hills and ant underground systems are bigger in tx.

      lol

  4. baby powder & corn starch fine for the shovel, but what about your feet and legs ? what if you are allergic to the little buggers?:voodoo: will try when i go to fl.

  5. neither corn meal nor grits work. i was out of state visiting a cousin once, and didn’t know about a hidden nest under leaves in a driveway, and stepped in it. fire ants put me into anaphylactic shock and i spent 2 days in the hospital from only 37 bites.

    The nest had been treated with grits, so you see how effective that was!

    (For those who don’t know – grits is a form of corn meal) fire ant nests can be so large and so deadly to people like me that the only sure way to get rid of them is to use a powerful chemical insecticide or call a pest control company. these things can kill; don’t mess with them. they are very aggressive and will bite you before you know they’re anywhere near you.

    they can kill someone who is allergic to bees, ants, and wasps, and it only takes one bite to sensitize someone so that a second bite might be fatal.

    i can tell you that hugely swollen lips, a swollen tongue that is too big to keep in your mouth, and your throat swelling shut so you can’t breathe is terribly frightening!

    if you have children around, don’t even think about home remedies – their lives aren’t worth it.

  6. Amdro… pour amdro on the mound and/or around your yard. Ants will be gone within a day and stay gone!

    I live in Texas and I had an acre of land with fire ants and black ants.

    Some mounds had been there for years! I was told about Amdro from a co-worker. It works!

    I even used it on mounds in my neighbors yards that were near my fence line.

    I has ZERO ants in my yard 🙂

  7. There are thousands of species of ants that pose different threats to humans. Some are just looking for the food. Some are looking to bite you, nasty little things.

    Ant bite can have different effect on different people.

    Some people might feel a little itching for a moment, on some it might last longer. Ant bite can also result in vomiting.

  8. Pour molten lead or aluminum into the mound until it overflows the top. Let it cool, then pull out the solidified “tree”, re-melt & re-use.

  9. Diatomaceous earth works better. Use food grade. Sprinkle on and around the mounds. It’s completely safe and works on many types of insects.

  10. Ortho Fire Ant Killer works. It kills a lot. What’s left move to a different place. Sooner or later what’s left moves to the neighbors yard. 🙂 It is a white powder and is a little smelly. I get great joy in coming back to see all the dead ants on the mound.

  11. if that works, then why do they build so many mounds close to each other? Same nest perhaps.. then shoveling them up and put them on the next mound does not seem like it would work. or they would have already killed each other off.

  12. if that works, then why do they build so many mounds close to each other?

    Because they don’t build mounds directly beside each other. If you see small hills nearby others, it’s the same colony.

    A fire ant mound can be up to 30 feet Deep in the ground and spread 20′-50′ in any direction and contain 100,000-500,000 ants per colony.

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