Hello all of you who hate fire ants as much as I do!
Well I am here with another potential weapon in the ground war versus the fire ant. It is grits. You know, the breakfast food you have heard of but may never have eaten. What I have is found in a can and is called 'Instant Grits' and is available at any grocery store where you would find oatmeal.
What you do is just sprinkle a pinch of some grits over the pile, or hole in the ground-which is a technique the ones out here have developed. Either way, they will start picking it up aggressively and begin taking it into the mound. You may see them continuing to do this for the next couple of days, and then after a few more days, if lucky, you may see nobody home at the mound. This is because the grits material swells when exposed to water. The moisture content in an ant is enough during digestion to allow for the piece of grits to expand to many times its size thus popping the ant because an ant cannot loosen it's belt after a filling last dinner.
If you are trying to lessen your use of chemical weapons when attempting to control nature then this may be another tool in your arsenal. Either way it seems for the moment to be working out here and I suggest it wholeheartedly.
Good luck and thanks for stopping by!