Battling Fire Ants - What Works

5-19-05 - State and federal officials are using a Lake Murray campsite as a demonstration of how to properly treat fire ants.

OSU Extension agents and the USDA are treating the Tipps Point campsite as part of a national grant. They've marked each mound with a pink flag, using fire ant bait with spreaders – similar to what you can find at most any farm and home store. They say its safe for the environment, as opposed to using gasoline or kerosene.

But these experts also say home recipes with molasses or hot water don't work either because they only kill ants you can see. Fire ant mounds can be 6-feet deep.

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