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Fire Ants

I knew they would be coming and I just found our first mound out in the back yard where the pups play. Typically we used fire ant killer before the pups. I sure don't want to put down poisonous chemicals and don't want the pups bitten either. Anybody have any suggestions for fire ant control/killer.

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Our vet recommended Over N Out ant killer....added bonus....it acts as flea prevention too. I'm assuming it's safe since the advice came from the vet...hope I'm right.

Found this on the Q&A...
Q : How long after I apply Over 'n Out! before I can let my children or pets back on the treated area?

A : There is no "reentry" limitation after application. This means you, your children and pets can use the treated area immediately.

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Kim, that sounds like a great product. How soon does it kill the ants and how does it kill them? (If it is a pesticide, I think I'd still keep my dogs away for a day or two. If it is a mechanical killer, no big deal with letting them go over there so long as it doesn't get in their eyes.)

I'm glad we don't have fire ants. Didn't Amanda have to deal with this a year or so ago?
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In the meantime, I did an online search and just called our lawn service (who we have recently switched to organic products). He also recommended the following:

Over'n Out Fireant Granules, Fipronil, Fire AntsKill fireants with Over'n Out granules, an insecticide granular product containing Fipronil.

Fipronil is the same ingredient used in Front Line. He can hopefully make it out today. $160 for 1 year, guaranteed. If future mounds are found, he will come back out and retreat. I know we went through bags and bags of fire ant killer in past seasons so I am very willing to pay the $160. I was so glad to hear they can reenter the area immediately. BTW, I read something in doing a search....grits !!! They eat it and die...but I worry the dogs would eat it too while ingesting some live ants.

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I'm glad to see you posted this Sharlene, I'm going to check with our lawn service guys to see if they can do the same thing. We get so many fire ants!!!

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I know the fire ant killer wasn't cheap and we went through several bags per year, so I felt this was a very reasonable price. Especially if one of the pups were to have a reaction to a fire ant bite...an emergency vet visit would far exceed $160. I don't have a reaction per se' but the bites sure do hurt like crazy and always leave a blister.

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Kimberly- Yes, I think Dora always finds the bugs no matter what they are. We did have to use the not good ant spray and just keep the dogs inside for a few days. I will say if your dog gets covered with the ants like Dora did what helped is to throw her under the shower asap. It got all of them asap. She was covered. And so was my house! I am hoping this year to avoid ants, wasps, fox tails, etc. Dora really needs to have a better year!

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Over'n Out Fireant Granules, Fipronil, Fire AntsKill fireants with Over'n Out granules, an insecticide granular product containing Fipronil..
We've lived with fire ants for the last 17 years and I never heard of this. Thanks!
I pour boiling water or cinnamon on them and scatter the mound they make.
We used to deal with fire ants a lot but haven't had any problems for a couple of years. I probably shouldn't have said that. Sure as heck some ant will read this and come play.

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Oh NO....foxtails. I read some posts on them but I have no idea what they are...better do more research...probably have them and don't even know it...something to add to the list of worries.

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Sharlene- safe east of hte Mississippi I had no clue what they were until Leslie told me about them and I called Kathy the night I brought Dasher home and she called what it was. Here our first day, we discovered wasps live in the ground! So far so good on ants and everything else!

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