Bryant RedHawk wrote:Army ants? In the USA? are you sure that is the correct species?
I've never heard of Army ants being in this country.
Are you sure these are not fire ants? Fire ants are far more probable to be found unless you live in the amazon basin.
Fresh coffee grounds poured all over and around the ant nest then watered in will do the trick.
The coffee will need to be at least 1" thick over the whole nest and then you "brew" it down into the nest, or let the rains do that part for you.
What happens is the acids in the fresh coffee grounds soak into the soil and travel through the nest tunnels, burning off the legs of any ant it touches.
Chris Kott wrote:So the army ants know about the bee feeder. You can't get rid of the ants. And you still want to place the hive there?
I would suggest another place for the hive. I would also suggest ant-deterrent measures on the legs of whatever you put the hive on. My first thought was double-sided tape wrapped around legs at least two feet tall, but they would eventually just crawl up the bodies of their stuck compatriots, wouldn't they?
There's also the legs-in-water-bowls method, but they'd probably deal with that in a similar way.
I wonder if Sepp Holzer's bone sauce would work, or if a noxious preparation could be used in a similar way to the tape approach.
What do you have in the area that eats ants?
Chris Kott wrote:Sounds to me like you should probably try the fresh coffee grounds method first. It would be cheaper, even if you treated them to a Jamaican Blue Mountain death. It would also be better for the land.
Chris Kott wrote:You lucky duck, you! I wish I had an excavator.
Seriously, though, drink the Jamaican Blue Mountain yourself, go get a few canisters of the pre-ground from the supermarket (do they make a cheap organic pre-ground?), and try that first. If it works as well as I think it will, it will take less time and hassle than the excavator.
I think Redhawk specified that it needed to be fresh to be acidic enough, so no, you don't get to make coffee with the grounds first.
elle sagenev wrote:They're red and black. I grew up being told they are army ants. Beats me.
We have massive amounts of just red ants and just this one hill of the red and black ants.
Miles Flansburg wrote:A wiki article mentioned that they like sunny areas and will die in shade. I wonder if you just throw a tarp over them and hold it down with rocks or dirt, if they would die?
It also says that they like sweets so probably why they are going after the bee food.
So the army ants know about the bee feeder. You can't get rid of the ants. And you still want to place the hive there?