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Help. I have fire ants in my garden. Any non poisoness methods of ousting them so I can plant my okra. They LOVE okra. Last year they moved in, took over the plants and pods and defended them painfully.

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I spent some more time looking and this might be an option. Other products work better in efficacy studies, but may not meet your criteria. [fireant.tamu.edu]

Spinosad is extracted from a soil fungus so it's considered Natural, if that matters to you. Bait products work better because the ants carry it down and feed the larvae. If you just kill the adults, you have to keep re-treating until all the eggs have hatched.

CrazyQuilter Level 7 June 1, 2018

Diatoms will male them move out .

Besalbub Level 7 June 1, 2018

No idea.... There must be some answers on the Internet somewhere.

Ellatynemouth Level 8 June 1, 2018

I have poured boiling water on ground wasps before (at night!) to some good effect. Maybe it will work on fire ants?

CraeftSmith Level 7 June 1, 2018

Carrying boiling water is dangerous, and should not be considered a safe alternative to pesticides used with proper safety equipment.


Wow, I remember fire ants from when I lived in Louisiana. Another reason I'm glad I don't live there. My ex used Diazinon (I think, it's been 33 years) on the fire ant hills. But yah, it is pretty toxic.

HippieChick58 Level 9 May 31, 2018

Diazinon is no longer labeled for home owner use.


Have you tried Borax all round their nest? It's worth the three bucks that a box of Borax costs in the grocery store.

Spinliesel Level 8 May 31, 2018

Takes 6 weeks. [homeguides.sfgate.com]


I used to use vinegar mixed with water spray around or spread used coffee grounds. They do not like citrus so when you peel an orange or lemon cut it up small and put it around they don't like it. My favorite and easiest was the coffee grounds or the vinegar.

Sheannutt Level 9 May 31, 2018

Fire ants are my nemesis as well! Thanks to comments from other members.

TerriCity Level 7 May 31, 2018

I have nothing to offer and I am a retired commercial applicator. Amdro is the only thing that works on fire ants. Every thing else just pisses them off. Read the label and use appropriate safety measures.

CrazyQuilter Level 7 May 31, 2018

There is an Ortho product named Orthene. It is a white power. Use it very selectively. Find the trails on the ground that the worker ants use to go back and forth to the plants. Sprinkle some of the powder on the trails. The ants will get it on their legs, antennae, and bodies and take it back to the next -- and it will wipe out the entire nest.

wordywalt Level 8 May 31, 2018

Try planting peppers around the garden, also mint. Ants don't.like either of those. I use cinnamon to keep the fire ants away from my bed.

Krypto-Knight Level 6 May 31, 2018

I just did a little research. Diatomaceous Earth sounds interesting. Two resources:



MikeEC Level 7 May 31, 2018

Yes, I solved ant issues with diatomaceous earth.

In my limited experience, diatoms work great against slugs and snails. I've never heard it being used for ants before! I like @Krypto-Knight remarks as well.


can you grow okra in a pot away from these party animals?

btroje Level 9 May 31, 2018

@KissedbySun just a thought


No idea, did you try to google it.

kenriley Level 8 May 31, 2018
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