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Grits

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Grits

 
Using grits as fire ant bait.  Photo by Bart Drees.

Using grits as fire ant bait. Photo by Bart Drees.

Red imported fire ants forage for food away from the colony. Some people believe that when they scatter instant grits around a colony, ants consume the particles and die when the grits swell inside their digestive systems. In reality, worker ants are incapable of ingesting large solid food particles due to a structure called the buccal tube that acts as a filter.  Read more about using instant grits as a method of controlling fire ants at eXtension.org.

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