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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.

KissedbySun 7 May 31
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Diatoms will male them move out .

Besalbub Level 7 June 1, 2018

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


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


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.


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

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

TerriCity 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' either of those. I use cinnamon to keep the fire ants away from my bed.


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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