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[permaculture] RE: Ants in the compost
Fire ants do indeed seem to prefer dry conditions, though they manage at
least a scouting a presence over every square foot in Texas. When I asked a
Nicaraguan friend what controls fire ants in his country, he said, "Bigger,
meaner ants." I hope he was just messing with my head.
Harrassment (which usually makes mounds move) is my best defense. Boric
acid baits (3/4 cup water, 1/4 cup sugar, 1 TBSP boric acid) work in
homes/etc., but you don't want the boric acid all in your garden soil. I
don't think they like a thick mulch, but it doesn't banish them.
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