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  • The Antser

    The Antser

    The Antser employed a lawnmower engine to power rotating tines to grind and stir ant mounds. A tank containing water aided the grinding process (Drees 1988). See a 1998 evaluation of this device.

  • Microwaves

    Microwaves

    Heat produced by microwave devices has been proposed for use as a fire ant control method. One device has been evaluated (personal. communication, R. E. Gold) caused ants to move away from active devices, but treatments were not effective in causing colony death.

  • McCoy Ant Stomper Windmill

    McCoy Ant Stomper Windmill

    Possibly the first non-chemical fire ant control device, the McCoy Ant Stomper was a windmill. Although marketed for fire ant control, it was developed in Lubbock, Texas to control the red harvester ants that emerge from their mounds using central openings.As the windmill turned, a heavy metal roller at the base was activated to “run […]

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  • Mirex

    Mirex

    An example of early treatments for fire ants:  Mirex, since banned.

  • Historical treatments for fire ants

    Historical treatments for fire ants

    Fire ant mound treatment with early insecticides.  Nice hat.

  • Steamin’ Steve

    Steamin’ Steve

    Steamin’ Steve. Photo courtesy of Cas Vanderwould, Dept Primary Industries, Queensland, Australia. Steam was tried as a method of controlling fire ants.  Read more about novel products and methods to control fire ants at eXtension.org.

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  • Fire Ant Museum Of Novel Products and Control Methods

    Fire Ant Museum Of Novel Products and Control Methods

    Mention of any particular product or practice does not constitute an endorsement for its use by this site or by eXtension or any Community of Practice member institutions. The Museum of Novel Fire Ant Control Methods and Products was developed to address the interest in fire ant control practices and products that have been proposed […]

  • Carbon dioxide hose

    Carbon dioxide hose

    Lawnmower with hose attached that emits carbon dioxide to kill fire ants. Photo by Sanford Porter.

  • Boiling water

    Boiling water

    Dead patches of grass in a pasture where boiling water was poured on fire ant mounds. Photo by Bart Drees.

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  • Hotwire barrier

    Hotwire barrier

    Hotwire barrier treatment to fire ants.  Photo by Bart Drees.

  • Fool-A-Bug Pet Bowls

    Fool-A-Bug Pet Bowls

    Pet bowls designed to  prevent ants from climbing into pet food.  Photo by Bart Drees.

  • EnviroSafe Tape

    EnviroSafe Tape

    EnviroSafe Tape, a barrier treatment designed to prevent fire ants and other insects from climbing. Photo by Bart Drees.

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  • Death Probe

    Death Probe

    A 1993 ad for the Death Probe. Death Probe  is one example of numerous probes or injection devices marketed for applying liquid insecticides into ant mounds. Photo by Bart Drees.

  • Ant Stinger

    Ant Stinger

    The Ant Stinger was developed to inject liquid insecticides into individual fire ant mounds. It was never commercially produced.  Find out more about other novel products and methods developed to kill fire ants at eXtension.org.

  • True Stop

    True Stop

    True Stop Fire Ant Insecticide contained liquid cow manure plus rotenone. Many food grade and cleaning products have been suggested as ingredients for control of red imported fire ants. The list is almost limitless and includes sugar, aspartame, instant grits, vinegar, soaps, oils, petroleum products, soil amendments. Some have been introduced as products while others […]

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  • Mound Leveler

    Mound Leveler

    Mound Leveler® was a product with multiple ingredients billed to control fire ants.  Many food grade and cleaning products have been suggested as ingredients for control of red imported fire ants. The list is almost limitless and includes sugar, aspartame, instant grits, vinegar, soaps, oils, petroleum products, soil amendments. Some have been introduced as products […]

  • Grits

    Grits

    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 […]

  • The Yaardvark

    The Yaardvark

    The Yaardvark, an electrical device designed to kill fire ants. Photo by Bart Drees.

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