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.
James Freyr wrote:Do folks on permies consider fire ants friend or foe? I know it may be a silly question but is there any benefit to having them around that outweighs possibly getting the shit bit out of me, or farm animals?
I'm currently moving to Southwest Tennessee, and my new farm has fire ants. My old home in the northern part of middle Tennessee did not have them. My new neighbor says they weren't here when he was a kid or young adult, and they've only arrived in the last 10 years or so.
Do others think it would be in my, and the farms, best interest to take a proactive approach to getting rid of them before their numbers possibly become too large to effectively deal with them?