Coffee Grounds on Fireants

sylviatexas1November 16, 2007

tried it this week, & it worked!

I dumped a whole silver bag of Starbucks used coffee grounds on a big fireant mound, & within 2 days the ants were gone.

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jolanaweb

Really? Gone as in moved or dead or both? That is good news, they have been really bad this year

    Bookmark   November 16, 2007 at 1:11PM
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sylviatexas1

I haven't been able to tell if they're dead or if they moved on, but I'm going to dose some more mounds & see what happens.

    Bookmark   November 16, 2007 at 1:17PM
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justintx(7B-NorthFt.Worth)

Yeah, if somebody dumped Starbucks grounds on me, I'd move too. Way too strong.
; - )
J.D.

    Bookmark   November 16, 2007 at 4:24PM
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mikeandbarb(z8 D/FW)

ROFLA J.D. Your funny

I should use the coffee ground more but don't get around to it like I should.
I've also been told that you can take a scoop of the ant mound to another ant mound, place it on top then do the same to the first mound, take a scoop of the mound that you placed the soil/ants onto and place it on the first mound. They fight over turf it seems and kill each other off. I have not tried it but it's worth a try.
BTW, The ants just move on using coffee grounds.

It's best if you can get enough to do the whole yard at once and the added plus is earth worms like coffee so they'll be happy.

    Bookmark   November 16, 2007 at 5:38PM
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debndal(8a DFW, TX)

Now Barb, did they happen to tell you how to get a scoop of fire ants to the other side of the yard before they crawl up your arm and sting the crap outa ya? Hey, that would make a great relay race for the county fair!

    Bookmark   November 16, 2007 at 11:09PM
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natvtxn(z8BTX)

Maybe you have to run really really fast, or put them on a cart.

    Bookmark   November 17, 2007 at 8:12PM
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texasflip(Nacogdoches, TX z8)

No, you scoop it in a spoon and run with it in your mouth!

    Bookmark   November 17, 2007 at 9:00PM
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sewnmom7

hi, was wondering if this would work with my myers lemon, in a container. i'm trying it tomorrow,as we're getting a freeze wens. nite. i've got to hurry!!!!molly

    Bookmark   November 17, 2007 at 10:27PM
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sylviatexas1

can't hurt.

It seems like it takes a day or so to work.

The only other effective thing I've found is orange oil:
put an ounce in a gallon of water, add a squirt of dish soap, & pour the entire gallon onto the undisturbed mound.

I did that with a hibiscus this past summer, & a lot of its leaves yellowed.

I drenched it daily to wash the orange oil out of the soil, & it recovered, but had I known about coffee grounds, I'd have tried that first.

    Bookmark   November 18, 2007 at 8:28AM
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texazgal(7/8)

Mom gave me some hibiscus to overwinter in my new greenhouse and one had fireants in it, I put the orange oil on, no luck, sprayed with Neem, no luck, finally this morning I submergered the whole pot in a bucket of water and left till this pm. Took it out and will see in the morning if the little b*&*^%$#s are gone. Did't see any sign of them. Gads, I hate tha little devils.

    Bookmark   November 21, 2007 at 12:07AM
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PKponder TX(7b)

I topped the soil all of my tropicals with UCG to get them ready to come inside. I killed some plants with orange oil a few years ago, maybe too strong of a solution.I also got a great idea from someone here to use a 1 inch layer of sand over the soil to keep the fungus gnats numbers down.

Pam

    Bookmark   November 21, 2007 at 6:10AM
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sam_kx4sam(9B)

Well,

I have fire ants and coffee grounds. Know what I'm doing this afternoon.

    Bookmark   April 29, 2013 at 8:19AM
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seamommy(7bTX)

Don't use orange oil on your lemon tree soil. Try the coffee grounds and if they don't work, remove the tree from the soil and replant in New soil.

    Bookmark   April 29, 2013 at 2:25PM
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seamommy(7bTX)

Don't use orange oil on your lemon tree soil. Try the coffee grounds and if they don't work, remove the tree from the soil and replant in New soil.

    Bookmark   April 29, 2013 at 2:27PM
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