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|2003 Fire Ant Control
advice from an expert...
Howdy Gardening Enthusiasts! This week, I got the "real expert" to go over the products to take care of our landscape nemesis - The Fire Ant! So, without further ado, here's this week's Email Tip of the week courtesy of Dr. Paul Nester with Texas A&M and the Cooperative Extension Service. -- Randy --
First, I would like to take this chance to thank Randy Lemmon, for this opportunity to visit with his e-mail subscribers about fire ants, and some of the new products that will be available for 2003. For those of you who do not know me, I am Paul Nester, Extension Agent - IPM - Fire Ant Project, with the Texas Cooperative Extension. I am located at the Harris County Extension Offices, off of Hwy 6, close to Bear Creek Park. I focus on the management of fire ants in urban areas, and through media avenues such as KPRC Radio and Randy Lemmon's Garden Line, and the e-mail newsletter, I am able to visit with, the general public and discuss problems with fire ants and the various methods available for their control.
With the increased rain fall we have seen over the past few months, and the mild winter, I suspect an abundance of fire ant mounds will be appearing in a yard close to you in the coming months. For 2003 we will see a couple of new products and the slow demise of an old product. Diazinon, is slowly being phased out of the homeowner market. The homeowner label for this product has been withdrawn by the manufacturer. Existing supplies will be sold. It will be replaced in the market with the synthetic pyrethroid products. Deltamethrin, a product Randy regularly advertises, is an excellent example of this class of insecticide. These products will be available as both dusts, and granules. Examples of other products are, bifenthrin, cyfluthrin, tralomethrin, lambda-cyhalothrin, cypermethrin, and permethrin. I refer to them as the "thrin" products. Use them as stated on the label and you will be satisfied with the results.
One of the oldest fire ant bait products Amdro (hydramethylnon) will now be available in a "yard treatment" formulation for broadcast application over a yard (Amdro Fire Ant Bait Yard Treatment). The product will cover from 5500 - 11,000 square feet. This should not be confused with the standard Amdro Fire Ant Bait, of which a pound will cover one acre of land. Please read the label. The Amdro Fire Ant Bait Yard Treatment comes in a 5.5 pound bag while the Amdro Fire Ant Bait comes in one pound or six ounce plastic jugs. Confused yet? That is why I always stress reading the label of products before buying.
A product that was labeled last year, and one Randy has talked about, the spinosad product was recognized this year by the National Organic Standards Board, as being "all natural" and may be considered by those of you who want natural products when controlling insects. It will be available as Ortho Fire Ant Bait Granules. DO NOT use more than the label says. It has been observed that if more than the recommended rate is used, after picking the bait up the fire ants die before taking it back to the mound, and we do not see good mound reduction because the queen and the young ants are not controlled. When used at the label rate, good results can be obtained.
The fipronil product will still be available this year as "Over N Out." Results are varied from last year. Most people have been satisfied with the results. It must be emphasized that this product should be used early in the year, to catch the fire ants as they become active. Best results are seen when applications are made in March. It will take about 3-4 weeks for the product to control a mound, so don't expect to see dead fire ants over night.
If you have questions on these fire ants products please call me at 281-855-5600, and ask for the "fire ant guy!" You can also visit the Official Web Site for the Fire Ant Project at http://fireant.tamu.edu .
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